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Stephen Downes

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"Traditional elite relationships with researchers are falling away, but the public service doesn't know any other way to work with outsiders," argues Jonathan Malloy. "To get sufficiently inside in the first place, academics have needed to build relationships that established trust and gave them the necessary access." All this is fading. "Yet, the Canadian public service often doesn't seem to know what else to do with academics beyond the one-way 'expert' model." Perhaps Malloy is unaware, but there is a method. Everything he describes has moved online. GCcollab, for example, is "open to all Canadian public servants (federal, provincial, territorial and municipal), academics and students, as well as to all Canadians by invitation." Online, you'll find things like the Public Servant in Residence initiative, which allows them to spend up to  years at a Canadian university. Or the Deputy Minister champions initiative. And much more.

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