Complexity: What’s in a Word?

The Walter Gordon Symposium is an annual conference co-hosted by the School of Public Policy and Governance and Massey College. In the lead up to the 2015 Walter Gordon Symposium, students, speakers, faculty, and community members are invited to share their reflections on the theme of ‘Confronting Complexity’ in Canadian society. ​This year’s conference will take place on March…

Fighting “Barbaric Cultural Practices” as Public Policy

Saad Omar Khan Sometime in his tenure as Britain’s Commander-in-Chief in India during a period of British rule in the nineteenth century, General Sir Charles Napier was approached by several Hindu priests regarding his aggressive crackdown on the practice of sati—the ritual burning of widows upon the death of their husbands. The priests’ objection to the colonial…

Preserving Indigenous Language in Togo

Margaret Cappa This piece is based on first-person interviews conducted by the author that present a problem and the individuals working towards a solution. As policy students and practitioners, we often think of problems being solved by governments or by organizations such as foundations, charities or other NGOs. However, history has shown us time again…