Future of Government - Fast and Curious
Future of Government – Fast and Curious is a short and updated version of the Future of Government – Lessons Learned from around the World, published in 2011 by the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Government. The Council has suggested four main areas of government transformation, and how progress should be measured in achieving such transformations. The four elements are summarised in the FAST (Flat, Agile, Streamlined, Tech-Enabled) model. Flatter governments promote (a) citizen engagement, (b) administrative efficiency, (c) decision-making process, (d) intergovernment and cross-sector collaboration. An agile government organizes itself to marshal public and private resources quickly to address challenges. A streamlined government carefully plans workforce reductions coupled with significant organizational, technological and workforce advances. Finally, a tech-enabled government is successful in redesigning its policy, legal and regulatory frameworks and processes to align with the dynamics of a networked world.
However, FAST Government will not happen without significant changes in mindset. This new report is a call to public and private decision-makers to highlight the most immediate priorities and most promising opportunities to transform governments and enhance their ability to deliver value to citizens at all levels. Central to this strategy is the need for an open and candid dialogue among all entities, organizations and groups potentially affected by the transformation of governments. Offering innovative and pragmatic approaches to what governments can achieve for and with their citizens will remains the ultimate goal. Remaining fast and curious is a priority to be shared with governments that seek to transform themselves for the better, and for all those who want to contribute to this vital ambition. This report outlines the steps that need to be taken to get there.