I think one of the real strengths of the Academy is the collaboration across different government sectors and with the private sector. Bringing in those different ideas and different perspectives really helps with the generating of ideas.
It has been such an amazing experience for me to talk about these issues we're having in government and meet people who are willing to help make change. It's an ideal way to introduce government to a 'new' way of getting things done.
I met new people who I would never have had the opportunity to meet. We were taught actionable techniques we could use straight away. There was no manual we worked through, just discussion and presentations from very interesting people.