Innovating public services

What do you think we should do to accelerate innovation in the public sector? Today, innovation is business as usual also within the public sector. If economic growth is not the main objective for innovation, what is? What are the drivers and obstacles for public-sector innovation? How can we develop innovative services for the people who need it the most? Share your ideas here!

How might we accelerate innovation in the public sector?

Today, innovation is business as usual also within the public sector. Even so, innovation is associated with start-ups, competition and commercial success. If economic growth is not the main objective for innovation, what is? What are the drivers and obstacles for public-sector innovation? How can we develop innovative services for the people who need it the most?

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Crowds are the future!

Innovators should turn towards crowdsourcing, crowdfunding and crowd creation.


Create an innovative culture

The efficiency & quality of public service will increase if we could spurring an innovative culture, accompanied by structural changes that adopts and facilitates creative thinking and flexibility to test new ideas.


Digital and democratic participatory budgeting

The process of budget allocation should be partially democratised and engage its citizens in the decision-making processes offline and online.


Overcome bureaucracy

What if we could create a fast lane for social innovation? Great ideas tend to get stuck in the winding corridors of the society’s bureaucratic system without even getting tested.


Extend contract periods

If the public sector could sign contract periods with collaborating companies longer than today’s 2-4 years, we could support a more offensive and long-term investments in sustainable industries.

Focus on implementation

To boost more durable and less resource consuming innovations we need to focus on implementation.


The City of Stockholm can push the (plastics) market

The City of Stockholm can drive the market by placing tough but reasonable demands on products and services.


Deep understanding of socio-economic challenges

The social innovators should have a deep understanding of the socio-economic challenges and acceptability / adoptability of its solution within its target community for greater impact!


Helping small businesses to team up

How can the city help small businesses to team up with partners to avoid public procurements?


Spreading the word.

What if we could facilitate the ways that successful innovations are spreading between city’s and countries? Today there are tones of tough challenges that are solved again and again.


the end of vertical organisations

Societal challenges are complex which needs organisations that does not function vertically but instead focus on horizontal management. Our public organisations are vertical and needs drastically reorient themselves in how they are organized. That is crucial if we are going to solve our challenges. So the idea is to execute this transformation now not tomorrow. A new type of leadership and organisation.


Artificial intelligence powered direct democracy

You submit all your preferences and wishes to your own personal AI-representative, and train it with answering questions.
Then everyones AI representatives vote for all political decisions. Making politicians obsolete.


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