World Government Summit: Call for Innovations

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Written by Jamie Berryhill, Innovation Specialist @ OECD Observatory of Public Sector Innovation.
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Innovators are encouraged to submit innovative practices to the OECD Observatory of Public Sector Innovation

The deadline has been extended to August 28, 2016.

Today, the OECD Observatory of Public Sector Innovation (OPSI) is excited to announce a new partnership with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation for the World Government Summit to conduct a review of the ways central governments are transforming their operations and improving the lives of their people. The World Government Summit is the largest annual gathering in the world focused on shaping the future of governments through innovative practices. This February, U.S. President Barack Obama and UAE Vice President and Prime Minister His Highness Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum kicked off the 2016 Summit, with a keynote speech given by OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría. The event brought together thousands of government officials, thinkers, policy makers, and industry experts from over 100 countries to discuss ways to harness innovation and technology to solve challenges facing humanity.

Innovators can submit innovative practices using our submission form

A PDF version is also available for preview purposes.

The economic and social challenges governments face require new approaches to overcome the most pressing societal problems in a fast-changing environment. Since 2012, OPSI has engaged with countries around the world to collect and analyse examples and shared experiences of public sector innovation to provide practical advice on how to make innovations work, and to serve as a global forum for the exchange of innovative ideas. OPSI provides a place for sharing, discussing, and co-creating solutions that work.

To help drive the agenda for the 2017 World Government Summit to be held February 12-14, 2017; OPSI and the World Government Summit are collecting examples of government innovations that are at the “edge” of current practice: initiatives that have received little or no global coverage to date but point to new ways of designing and implementing policies or running the machinery of government. Such innovations may include:

  • leveraging creative digital tools to better engage and co-create policies and services with residents;
  • innovative/alternative financing and procurement tools that allow governments to tap into new sources of funding and deliver better results;
  • implementing approaches which empower and engage the workforce, promote learning and ultimately foster innovation-oriented cultures and capabilities in public sector organisations;
  • new mechanisms to help governments effectively tackle transnational issues (from international transportation networks, to transnational banking for migration remittances, to climate change and environmental hazards);
  • experimental approaches to policymaking that allow for better risk management and learning by doing;
  • applying design thinking and ethnographic approaches to develop solutions that produce systemic change;
  • using behavioural approaches for innovative problem solving or forging new partnerships to break down barriers within and across government, civil society, and industry; and
  • harnessing data —such as data from citizen science, satellites, and the internet of things— and combining it with citizens’ context-rich insights to deliver new perspectives on policy issues, promote anticipatory governance approaches, and enable real-time sensemaking; and opening data to fuel innovation inside and outside government.

The missions of the OECD and World Government Summit are to promote better policies for better lives and shape the future of government worldwide. To further these missions, we invite you to send us examples of public innovation that have made significant improvements to people’s lives.

Examples of innovations can be submitted by through OPSI’s online submission platform. (A PDF version is available for preview purposes). The OECD and World Government Summit will develop truly transformational innovations into case studies and will profile them in a published report. In particular, we’ll be looking for innovations that are novel, have been implemented in some way, are from different parts of the world (including OECD members and non-members), have made an impact, and have not been globally showcased before. The World Government Summit will fully sponsor the makers and leaders of these innovations to attend the 2017 Summit and inspire creativity in working toward our common goals. Highlights from this year’s Summit are available here.

The deadline for submissions is July 29, 2016 August 28, 2016. (A PDF version is available for preview purposes).

Please direct any questions to opsi@oecd.org or @OPSIgov. We also encourage you to join our new OPSI LinkedIn community to exchange ideas with fellow innovators.