In 2018, Apolitical ran its first ever Young Thought Leaders writing competition.
Entrants chose some fascinating and important topics, and the clarity and persuasiveness of many participants’ writing was very impressive. We would like to thank everybody that entered.
Below is a list of the winners and runners up. The quality of the entries was extremely high, and many fantastic pieces just missed out on prizes. We are excited to publish the rest of those shortlisted entries throughout the coming days.
The articles were scored by Apolitical’s editorial team across four dimensions. Two dimensions were related to subject choice: topic originality and relevance to our global public sector audience. The other two — clarity and flair — were related to the writing itself.
Prize-winning topics ranged from redesigning job centres by starting with users to the role of public space in helping to combat the epidemic of loneliness. We were particularly pleased to see so many entrants writing about projects, programs or policies that they themselves have been a part of.
Please take a read of the following entries and those shortlisted pieces that are published throughout the week — we would love to know what you think. And, for those eligible, the time is now to think about next year’s competition!
Job centres can transform communities — if only we listen to those they serve
By Matthew Duff, UK Cabinet Office
It’s time to let citizens tackle the wickedest public problems
By Gabriella Capone, TheGovLab
The runners up
A new matchmaker: how the third sector can ease public-private friction
By Sarah Batchu, Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City
Money can buy happiness — why government should invest in wellbeing
By Sarah Casey, New Zealand Internal Affairs
Triumph of the commons: how public spaces can help fight loneliness
By Julia Hotz, Solutions Journalism Network
High demand is hurting healthcare — going digital might be the answer
By Jenny Ge, Ontario Public Service
Congratulations to all the prizewinners and to the shortlisted participants.
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