Global Agenda Council on the Future of Government 2012-2014

 

“Governments are realizing that technology can act as an enabler to transform government processes, enhancing the provision of public services and enabling higher productivity.”

The challenge

The digital revolution is transforming politics and the nature of government. From education improvement and tax collection to better healthcare systems and job creation, technology is putting pressure on governments to deliver more with less. Citizens’ voices are increasingly present in public policy-making processes, and their demands for an “always-on”, connected government are intensifying through social media. Governments are realizing that technology can act as an enabler to transform government processes, enhancing the provision of public services and enabling higher productivity.

What the Council is doing about it

The Council is set to produce the Future of Government Smart Toolbox. The toolbox will offer transferable best governance practices on how technology can improve the future of government with respect to the following priorities:

  • The anti-corruption workstream, led by Peter Mandelson, will address the issue of big data and better government, examining how a more intelligent debate can be stimulated on the opportunities and challenges of compiling, aggregating and disseminating big data in the public realm.
  • The political representation group, led by Jane Fountain, will discuss the evolution of political representation in the digital era, focusing on questions related to how information technology can improve political representation.
  • The bureaucracies group, led by Rolf Alter, will answer key questions related to stovepiping and how IT can be used to reduce the lack of coordination between governments and other stakeholders.
  • The delivery of services group, led by Jacques Attali, Gregory G. Curtin and Yasar Jarrar, will discuss how IT can enhance government services and transform service delivery models.
  • The trust stream, led by Anders Borg and Diana Farrell, will find examples of how IT can build trust in government. It will function as a point of convergence for all the other workstreams.
  • The security stream, led by Jared Cohen, will address the evolving nature of security.
  • The innovation stream, led by Mauro Dell’Ambrogio, will explore how new technologies and related tools can help governments think and act differently in the field of innovation.
  • The leadership workstream, led by Melita Leoussis and Keith Grint, will look into whether and how information technology can lead to better leadership.

The toolbox includes good practices from different countries around the world and from many renowned authors such as Jimmy Wales, Abdulla Al Basti, Jeremy Heimans, Jorge Soto Moreno, Gretta Fenner and others.

The Future of Government Smart Toolbox will be presented as part of an academic outreach at the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government on 19 May 2014. For more information, please visit http://www.bsg.ox.ac.uk/events/future-government.

The toolbox will have its global launch at the UAE Government Summit on 10 June 2014. 

For more information on the Future of Government scenarios project, visit http://www.weforum.org/issues/future-government

To get involved, contact:

Carl Björkman, Director, Head, International Organizations and Government Affairs, carl.bjorkman@weforum.org
Melita Leoussis, Project Manager, International Organizations and Government Affairs, melita.leoussis@weforum.org
Lisa Ventura, Associate, Global Agenda Councils, lisa.ventura@weforum.org 

 

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