The Policy Innovation Platform believes that better public policies, programs and services are delivered when diverse stakeholders and citizens are involved in the policy development process. However, policymakers often face barriers to bringing people with different skills and diverse experiences together to co-develop ideas and solutions. The Policy Innovation Platform aims to reduce these barriers by providing a neutral space and applying policy innovation tools to facilitate collaborative approaches to advancing policy solutions.
That’s why we were delighted when Jared Wesley, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Alberta and Vice Chair of the Institute for Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) Edmonton, asked us to design and facilitate a workshop at Congress 2017, hosted by Ryerson University, to identify areas for collaboration between academics and practitioners working on basic income.
As a “pracademic,” Jared looks to bring together a network of people who like to solve real-world challenges by combining practitioner and academic perspectives, which aligns with the values of the Policy Innovation Platform. Furthermore, basic income is a policy issue that we at the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship have explored as a part of our own work. We were thrilled to design a workshop that allowed us to put policy innovation tools to use on a topic of particular relevance to BII+E’s broader work.
The goal of the workshop, sponsored by the Canadian Political Science Association and IPAC Toronto Region, was to create a roadmap to enhance multi-sectoral collaboration between stakeholders working on basic income.