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Professor John Fien (Acting Director of CASR) will make a presentation on 'The search for governance principles for cross-sectoral, multi-stakeholder areas of social policy'.
Governance in a multi-stakeholder society is a complex undertaking. It is even more fraught when the issues at hand span several levels of government and even multiple departments and agencies at each level. What role might a central government agency play in leading innovation and catalysing collaborative, mutually-supportive efforts between all interested parties in governments, civil society, the professions and industry? The seminar draws upon research conducted for the NSW government into appropriate governance structures and processes for community-based learning for sustainability, and involves a review of governance in this area in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Ontario and Victoria.
The “community-based learning” theme is not the focus - just the exemplar vehicle - for a discussion of governance principles for cross-sectoral, multi-stakeholder areas of social policy.
John Fien is Acting Director of CASR in 2013. This follows eight years at RMIT as an Innovation Professor of Sustainability. His expertise in education, training and capacity building for sustainability has been applied in research projects on such diverse topics as: youth leadership, sustainable consumption, carbon neutral communities, green jobs, training for remote Indigenous housing, community implications of maths teaching in remote Indigenous communities, organisational learning in complex organisations, and curriculum reform in Indonesia and Vietnam.