“The private sector is actually playing a much bigger role… Before maybe the local government would just jump out and make a policy or point in a direction where the whole society is going to go. But nowadays with the technology developments… more freedom of individuals and the private sectors, actually companies can be decisive.”

Watch Shuwen Diao, producer at International Channel Shanghai and a member of the Global Shapers Community, talk about the current state of innovation in the private and public sectors.

Image: A woman uses her mobile phone to download books in a free mobile library in central Kiev September 17, 2013. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich