Access the recording for our session with Barbara Ubaldi here

Access the recording for our session with Adam Alter here

Exclusive for Western Cape Government, South Africa
10-Day Accelerator | Beginning July 22

The opportunity:

As part of Western Cape Government’s role in providing learning and development opportunities to support career progression, we are partnering with Apolitical, the first of its kind global peer-to-peer platform for government, to provide an online learning accelerator.

Over the course of the accelerator we’ll explore the question — What will our workplace look like in 10 years? You will develop skills, knowledge and curiosity to imagine the future of the Western Cape Government, and your role in it.

You’ll have access to exclusive online talks from experts, brand new online courses, daily skills digests and Apolitical’s platform, including a network of pioneering public servants from more than 170 countries.

Who this is for:

The course is targeted at anyone in the Western Cape Government with eagerness and appetite to change the way the public service works.

If you identify with this and are interested in taking part, you should sign up by July 12.


Day 1: Introduction

Cohort participants complete The Future Skills Tracker, a quick, easy tool you can use to work out which are your strongest abilities — and which you should focus on for development to future-proof your career. The tracker will help benchmark participants on eight common sets of skills that are important not only now, but are likely to increase in importance over time as government is forced to adapt to the rapid transformation of society and technology.

Then, each day after, participants will receive one bite-sized email with an article on one of the eight skills important for the future of the workplace.

Day 2: Co-Operative

A consensus among the global policy community is that being open to ideas from others and facilitating group problem solving is core to the job function of civil servants. Participants will trial this through a collaborative online session with Adam Alter, a professor of psychology and marketing at NYU, who tracks the rise of behavioral addiction, and explains why so many of today’s products are irresistible. We will explore:

  • What should organizations do to attract and maintain a diverse workforce for the future?
  • How can organizations keep young professionals engaged in the work they do?
  • How can younger employees (and employees generally) use smartphones and other technology for positive good in the workforce of the future?

Day 3: Adaptable

Policy-making environments are often high pressure and unpredictable, so being able to shift seamlessly between different responsibilities is an important trait for public servants. As such, participants will receive: What is agile working? A guide for government.

Day 4: Experimental
Ideas can only be systematically improved if practitioners are comfortable thinking outside the box, trying out new approaches and pushing boundaries. As such, participants will receive: How to design great policy experiments: Five lessons from the experts

Day 5: Curious

Public servants must continuously look for new ways to improve services and products. As such, participants will receive: Thomas Prehn’s innovation diary: What I learned at MindLab

Day 6: Proactive
A proactive public servant is action-oriented, focused on outcomes and has an eye to translating the broader government vision into concrete policies and programs. As such, participants will receive a case study on how a city in Australia is playing a proactive role to ensure that engaging diverse communities is everyone’s job.

Day 7: Persuasive
When public servants have to deliver information to the public (or to their team), they are often tasked with turning complex policy into compelling narratives. As such, participants will receive our 15-minute micro-course: Telling a story with data.

Day 8: Data-Literate
Data cannot be an afterthought in an era of digital transformation. As such, participants will speak directly with Barbara Ubaldi, Senior Policy Analyst/Digital Government and Open Data Team Head at the OECD and one of the world’s 100 most influential people in digital government.

Day 9: Reflective
A skill, an attitude and a habit, being reflective is key to developing competencies, improving actions and learning from outcomes. As such, participants will receive: Public servant, know yourself — an introspective article by a Canadian public servant.

Day 10: Write your own vision statement
As a capstone, each participant will tell their own vision statement for the workplace they want to see in 10 years. This can be delivered in writing (100 words) or video (1 minute).

Minimum time commitment:

Approximately 2 hours across the 10-day accelerator is the minimum required time (10 minutes per day), but there will be ample opportunity to take advantage of opportunities beyond this. The more you put in, the more you’ll get out!

We will be asking for your feedback via surveys, and would ask that all accelerator participants give us their views to help us inform any ongoing partnerships or future learning materials we may wish to develop with Apolitical.

How to sign up:

Simply enter your details to sign up for the Apolitical platform using your government email address:

On signup, you will receive an email prompting you to activate your account.

In the days following signup, you will be sent an email introducing you to the accelerator, and a short survey to complete to help inform the accelerator.


Please direct any questions or comments to, and a member of the team will work to answer them.