Inspired by the Government Digital Service and people like FutureGov, more and more councils are turning traditional corporate approaches upside down, working in radically different ways and rebuilding services around the people who actually use them.
While I'm full of admiration for this work I worry that, in the race to improve services, something is getting left behind.
“I think this will take open data to next level. When we think about how we magnify the impact of open data, we need to do two things: we need to allow commercial interests to start using it for social good, and we need to create an easier playing field for smaller cities. “I think this will take open data to next level. When we think about how we magnify the impact of open data, we need to do two things: we need to allow commercial interests to start using it for social good, and we need to create an easier playing field for smaller cities. "
“Civic engagement.” The superhero term of our time is facing a big problem. It is virtually meaningless to the exact group of people (those between the ages of 14 and 25) which it is supposed to inspire and engage. Walking the halls of UNDP, you often hear the sentiment that if we could just get more youth to engage in their communities, the world would be a much better place to live. Yes, civic engagement is how modern day superheroes are born and you could be one of them.
From PM Magazine, International City-County Manager Association
I am of the opinion that if you have tried something for one or two decades and it is not working, then you should try something else. I am not referring to the council-manager, strong mayor, or other forms of local government, but rather the way that managers do their work regardless of the form of government.
My hypothesis is that the local government model is not working, and managers need to change that model.