Resilience is Beyond Sustainability, Can #gov20 and #opengov Make Cities Become Resiliant?

Resilient in Chinese - Can Resilient Government 2.0 and Open Government Efforts Exist Beyond Sustainability?

Resilient in Chinese - Can Resilient Government 2.0 and Open Government Efforts Exist Beyond Sustainability?

I preach about sustainability an awful lot, but I just read over at Management Insights an article about resilience in the public sector.

It is an interesting topic.  Beyond the environmental sustainability issues, resiliency is potentially a great goal for governments, period.  The idea embraces the thought that governments should be built as platforms instead of service providers.  Building an adaptable, scalable platform would allow for governments to change as their environment changes and to do so quickly.  A few examples of resilience?

Demographic changes and population shifts often cause long term policy shifts.  Regional increases in human services investments for instance.  But often the infrastructure below that is slow to change.  The slowness of transit is only adapted to once the complaints pile up.  The health solutions may be OK now, but how will folks know when it is feeling the pressure of the increase in population?  Do utilities have the ability to adapt to increased usage with additional population or will it take a failure?

If the government platform includes open data as part of the platform and focus on real-time data provisioning, then the feedback loop is shortened.  Policy makers can make quicker decisions and citizens can be satisfied.

In terms of resiliency, the platform can remain constant but the applications can shift as needs do.  And scale.

The unexpected situation is another one of the most difficult situations that governments face.  I was briefing the CDC in the USA a month or so ago and we got into a great conversation.  It revolved around political responses to crisis like H1N1.  Political folks need to respond visually and energize the government to act in response.  Application needs often surface.  And then the challenge begins.  Setting up a procurement.  An RFI.  An RFP.  Multiple vendor conferences.  Objection handling.  Internal committees to decide.  The decision.  More objections.  The purchase.  The delivery.  Unpacking and rack and stack.  Burning images.  Hopefully concurrent development.  UAT.  Provisioning.  Pilot.  Launch.  Best time estimate: 6 months.  Very unhappy politicians.  Very unhappy citizens.

But if the platform exists, the data is available and usable (like OGDI) and citizens and developers know how to use it (API), then response can be as quick as the demand that generated the need.  Like Miami 3-1-1 or Hey Gov in San Francisco.  A few weeks.  Maybe days.  And if the need is great enough, hours.

That is the goal in terms of resilient government.

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Municipal and Provincial leadership in China is ready to help make government the strategic lever for policy reforms that the world seeks.

I keynoted an event on the cloud in Government in China recently and the governments in China appear poised to embrace the Government as a Platform ideals and help to push Government 2.0 efforts.  My conversation started with an explanation of the need for change in government worldwide.  This explanation was met with enthusiasm throughout the audience and follow-on conversations were supportive.  I was happy to see an embrace of the idea that from now on, government platforms must be designed to scale from the beginning.  And it is important for all of us to get the largest government on the planet to help push that idea.

It is instructive that the discussions were spurred on by conversations around cloud computing.  True scale in these efforts will contemplate the cloud and it is heartening to know that our partners in China will be helping to make that happen.  And that they are willing to help lead the rest of the world toward a common set of outcomes surrounding the Government 2.0 movement.

Of particular interest was my discussion of the millennials and their impact on the conversation as well as the very form of government itself.  The changes this generation will bring is going to be massive as we have seen already on the technology landscape.

I look forward to further conversations with my new found friends in Jinan and throughout China.

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Government 2.0 - Can PRC be the Great Government as a Platform?

While I was on vacation, something amazing may have happened.

Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of China, gave a speech that one official newspaper called one of “extraordinary importance”.  “People’s democratic rights and legitimate rights must be guaranteed. People should be mobilized and organized to deal with, in accordance with the law, state, economic, social and cultural affairs,” Wen stated.  While critics are very active right now and making mention of political motivations, I think our Government 2.0 global community has an obligation to accept the PM’s words as an honest effort to couple the incredible economic expansion in China with potential political reforms.

I have had the honor to brief multiple members of the government in PRC and have been unbelievably impressed by the dedication of the officials I have met with.  I have had very open conversations with them about the power of technology in new governmental efforts to bring citizens closer to their government.  I believe, especially given the location of the comments, this is an opportuntiy to have the largest polity on the planet embrace the tenets of Government as a Platform for change.

The comments were made at Shenzhen, which most of you will recall was also the location that Deng Xiaoping announced rock solid commitment to market oriented reforms back in 1992.  Deng’s comments then may have been part of what saved the world’s economy a decade later as we find our way through this crisis. 

Could Mr. Wen’s comments unleash a similar commitment to Open Government in PRC?  Could this somewhat downplayed set of comments actually have China showing the rest of the world what true commitment to open government could be everywhere?

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