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People	
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Future	
  Agenda	
  
84	
  Brook	
  Street	
  
London	
  
W1K	
  5EH	
  
+44	
  203	
  0088	
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futureagenda.org	
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Future of government - Insights from discussions building on an initial perspective - Cheryl Chung, Lead Strategist, Futures Division at Ministry of Transport, Government of Singapore.

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The initial perspective on the Future of Government (by Cheryl Chung, Lead Strategist, Futures Division at Ministry of Transport, Government of Singapore) kicked off the Future Agenda 2.0 global discussions taking place through 2015. This summary builds on the initial view and is updated as we progress the futureagenda2.0 programme. www.futureagenda.org

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Future of government - Insights from discussions building on an initial perspective - Cheryl Chung, Lead Strategist, Futures Division at Ministry of Transport, Government of Singapore.

  1. 1.  The  Future  of  Government      Insights  from  Discussions  Building  on  an  Ini4al  Perspec4ve  by:    Cheryl  Chung  |  Futures  Division,  Ministry  of  Transport  |  Govt.  of  Singapore  
  2. 2. Context   The  ini4al  perspec4ve  on  the  Future  of  Government  kicked  off  the     Future  Agenda  2.0  global  discussions  taking  place  through  2015.     This  summary  builds  on  the  ini4al  view  and  is  updated  as  we  progress.   Ini4al   Perspec4ves   Q4  2014   Global   Discussions   Q1/2  2015   Insight   Synthesis   Q3  2015   Sharing     Output   Q4  2015  
  3. 3. Mee2ng  Demand  With  Limited  Capacity   There  is  a  need  for  increased  government  capacity  to  deal  with  the  increased   demands  placed  on  the  state.  In  many  countries,  this  has  been  exacerbated  by   an  underinvestment  in  public  sector  capacity  over  the  past  few  decades.    
  4. 4. Keeping  Pace   we  see  a  compression  of  4mescales  within  which  the  state  operates.     The  key  ques4on  to  answer  is  can  governance  keep     pace  with  the  changes  in  the  rest  of  society?    
  5. 5. Outdated  Measures  of  Success   In  a  network,  the  state  is  but  one  of  many  stakeholders.  Without  economies     of  scale  through  centralisa4on,  common  market-­‐based  measures  of  state   performance,  like  efficiency  and  produc4vity,  also  become  less  useful.    
  6. 6. Changing  Role  of  Government   En44es  compete  with  the  state  for  influence  -­‐  environmental,  human  rights,   and  other  ac4vist  NGOs  –  and  operate  at  many  levels  of  government  around   the  world.  This  new  dynamic  changes  the  role  of  the  state.    
  7. 7. City-­‐zens   The  current  governance  system  is  not  good  at  taking  into  account     factors  such  as  the  preferences  of  the  non-­‐voter  (for  example,  city-­‐zens),     the  environment  and  future  genera4ons.  
  8. 8. Hard  Choices   In  a  society  where  there  is  a  widening  gulf  between  rich  and  poor,     the  rich  may  live  increasingly  separate  lives  and     provide  for  their  own  “public  services”.  
  9. 9. Enabling  Scale   The  poten4al  for  greater  collabora4on  …  creates  a  specific  role  for  the     state  in  the  network  to  iden4fy  successful  ideas  and  scale  them,     leveraging  its  resources  to  augment  the  delivery  of  public  services.  
  10. 10. Par2cipatory  Government   One  of  the  ways  that  the  state  can  legi4mize  itself  to  its  cons4tuents     might  be  to  facilitate  the  building  of  rela4onships  with  the  people     and  other  sectors  to  co-­‐provide  solu4ons  to  problems.    
  11. 11. Closing  the  Inequality  Gap   One  of  the  challenges  facing  the  state  is  how  to  balance  equity     and  autonomy.  A  centralised  system  is  ocen  viewed  to  be     more  equitable  at  the  expense  of  autonomy.    
  12. 12. A  New  Opera2ng  Environment   The  influence  of  non-­‐state  actors  has  expanded.  Jurisdic4on  has  grown  beyond   boundaries  and  technological  change  has  outpaced  society.  The  role  of  the   state  has  had  to  evolve  and  to  succeed  in  this  new  opera4ng  environment    
  13. 13. Public-­‐Private  City  Partnerships   To  collec4vely  address  major  urban  challenges,  as  shown  by  Medellin  in   Colombia,  governments  increasingly  openly  collaborate  with  business  to   improve  the  ins4tu4onal  fabric  of  ci4es  as  well  as  core  infrastructure.    
  14. 14. Societal  Stra2fica2on   Inequality  gaps  persist  between  /  within  countries.  This  leads  to  a    stra4fica4on  of  society  and  greater  poten4al  for  forced  disloca4on     among  the  disenfranchised  and,  in  some  cases,  violent  acts  of  revolt.  
  15. 15. Life-­‐long  Learning   Educa4on  is  a  high  priority  for  all  na4ons  to  remain  compe44ve  in  a  global   market  place:  It  is  increasingly  available  on  line.  Widespread  internet  access   allows  governments  to  make  life-­‐long  learning  available  for  those  who  want  it.  
  16. 16. In  Control  of  Happiness   We  see  measures  of  self-­‐actualisa4on  developing  which  are  based     on  happiness  and  balance  in  life.  These  are  dictated  by  individuals     and  not  limited  by  external  circumstances.  
  17. 17. The  Influence  /  Need  Gap   People  dependent  on  the  provisions  of  government  are  not  those  who  pay     or  influence  decisions  taken.  As  the  inequality  gap  grows,  those  making   decisions  are  increasingly  out  of  touch  with  society’s  real  needs.  
  18. 18. Future  Agenda   84  Brook  Street   London   W1K  5EH   +44  203  0088  141   futureagenda.org   The  world’s  leading  open  foresight  program   What  do  you  think?   Join  In  |  Add  your  views  into  the  mix     www.futureagenda.org  

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