The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, to mark the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale. We would like to add our thanks to nurses and midwives for the work they do to care for us in crisis and to bring in new life every day.

This publication has been designed to work like a time machine, complete with an instruction manual providing timelines and context to help us all reflect on our time of crisis. You may notice that we don’t come to many conclusions – apart from that time continues and that every time disaster strikes, it is an opportunity for us to not just recover from disasters, but emerge renewed, transformed, reset or even reborn.

Our 2020 Festival of Governance, Good Governance because it’s time to think again, called for a Renaissance 2.0. Over the festival month, participants had the opportunity to join each other in virtual events in which we consider the future creatively. If the experience of COVID-19 has taught us anything, it is that we cannot be certain of what the future holds, but we can choose to approach it with an open mind.

We chose to present the festival in four themed weeks, geared towards participation. In diversity week we learned that there is no diversity without inclusion.

In digital humanism week GGI invited speakers to work with participants to demonstrate how digital systems work better when people at every level of organisations are involved in the design and implementation phases.

The third week of the festival was called community interplay week. Through a set of events, blogs, social media posts and articles, presenters and festivalgoers considered the architecture of a community.

They thought about people, property and systems – and about the existing legal and financial incentives we can use flexibly or change to ensure better outcomes to the health and wellbeing of citizens.

The theme of the fourth week was modern governance. Our annual lecture was the highlight of the week - and indeed the Festival. This year’s keynote speaker, Rob Whiteman CBE, CEO of CIPFA, explored the blurred lines between government, governance, public services and the third sector.

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Festival review

The Festival Review is the Good Governance Institute’s annual report on the world of good governance. This document pushes our collective creativity to the edge.

​It is a printed document that every year reviews the scope of good governance and its influence on everyday life.

2020's publication explored a renaissance in governance during one of the most challenging years in recent human history.

The review is built by writers, artists, photographers, researchers, thought-leaders, designers, experts and editors to make for an impactful statement that can be both shared and treasured for generations to come.

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Good Governance Award

Each year the Institute recognises the achievements that one person has made towards advancing good governance through the Good Governance Award.

In 2020 Dame Janet Smith was honoured for her significant contribution to improving good governance through her work as a High Court Judge and President of the Council of the Inns of Court.

Previous winners of the award have included Judge Mervyn King, Sir William Wells, Sir Liam Donaldson, Dame Julie Moore – on behalf of NHS managers, and Dame Fiona Caldicott.

These people have made the world a better and fairer place for everyone.

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Good Governance Award