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Nicholas Charney
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Interested in the confluence of people, public policy, & technology. Working in #Cleantech for Queen, Country, and smashing good time.
Interested in the confluence of people, public policy, & technology. Working in #Cleantech for Queen, Country, and smashing good time.

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I used to write things on the internet
I wrote about the public service. I wrote about where people, public policy, and technology collide. I can't claim responsibility for the evolution of our views on these matters over the last 10 years but I'd like to think that I made a meaningful contribut...
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On Halftime: Moving From Success to Significance
If you've read any of my recent and fleeting posts here, you will know that professionally I'm doing quite well. Everything is humming along better than it ever has. What you are less likely to know is that personally, I've hit a bit of a rough patch. Nothi...
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Simple Thoughts On Policy Complexity
by Nick Charney Yes, the world is complex. Pursuing a given public policy objective (i.e. an outcome) brings that complexity into view; and bringing that view into focus, by gathering information and weighing evidence and opinion, means drawing boundaries a...
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Actively cultivating a patient appreciation for the richness of experience
by Nick Charney As I mentioned previously, my interests have shifted ( See: On Professional Maturation ). In sum, I have been thinking about life differently than I have in the past. If I had to describe the feeling, I would say it was something akin to a p...
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Alignment and Competition
by Gray O'Byrne “Let’s set up a meeting to make sure our initiatives are aligned and we’re not duplicating effort.” I have become wary of this line . On the surface, I couldn’t agree more. We want our time to be well spent. The phrase taps into my human ave...
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On Professional Maturation
by Nick Charney Apologies in advance for another long meander through my psyche. I've been struggling with these ideas for some time now and have yet to come to ground with precisely how to frame them. What follows is more personal philosophy and storytelli...
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On Professional Maturation
by Nick Charney Apologies in advance for another long meander through my psyche. I've been struggling with these ideas for some time now and have yet to come to ground with precisely how to frame them. What follows is more personal philosophy and storytelli...
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On the Canadian Digital Service
by Nick Charney Budget 2017 announced the creation of a new Canadian Digital Service (CDS): Informed by similar initiatives in the U.S. (the U.S. Digital Service/18F) and the United Kingdom (the Government Digital Service), the Government will adopt new way...
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10 tips for building supportive government fellowship programs (and convincing participants to stay)
by Nisa Malli In the name of innovation and openness, many public sector organizations have committed to porousness and career flexibility, grafting more agile HR mechanisms onto existing systems through short term fellowships, internships, and exchanges. I...
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The Innovation Discourse Disconnect
by Nick Charney I couldn’t help but feel a certain sense of irony walking through the annual Innovation Fair a few weeks ago on the way to a kickoff meeting for a new initiative I'm working on. I’ll spare you the detail but my observation is that there is a...
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