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Comments on the Strategy of the Federal Council for an Information Society in Switzerland

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I was invited by the Swiss confederation to give my feedback on the country's strategy for an Information society. My comments focused on 4 main themes:
- make innovation a religion that every citizen embraces
- foster entrepreneurship, because entrepreneurs are the one creating future value and leadership
- improve the country's hardware (rail, road, schools) and software (laws, mentalities)
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Presentation given on April 20, 2015 at OFCOM in Biel, Switzerland.

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Comments on the Strategy of the Federal Council for an Information Society in Switzerland

  1. 1. © Laurent Haug 2015 3 Comments on the Strategy of the 
 Federal Council for an Information Society in Switzerland 29 April 2015 | Laurent Haug | hello@laurenthaug.com
  2. 2. © Laurent Haug 2015 Times have changed, government is moving 28
  3. 3. © Laurent Haug 2015 Yet challenges remain Approximate word count on Strategy of the Federal Council for an Information Society in Switzerland 2012.pdf risks (x18) crime/cybercrime (x6) danger (x5) potential (x4) gains (x3) opportunity (x3) innovative (x3) advantage (x1) 29
  4. 4. © Laurent Haug 2015 What can I tell you in 20m that would be useful? Suggestions from my partial, subjective experience 30
  5. 5. © Laurent Haug 2015 4 axis Create a religion of innovation Foster entrepreneurship Improve hard and soft infrastructure Better politics 31
  6. 6. © Laurent Haug 2015 I. Create a religion of innovation 32
  7. 7. © Laurent Haug 2015 Chief Innovation Watch Officer 33
  8. 8. © Laurent Haug 2015 Detect and discuss upcoming shifts before they happen Change is an opportunity if you anticipate it, a threat if you don’t 34
  9. 9. © Laurent Haug 2015 Detect the emerging industries of the future Drones, artificial intelligence, biotech, medtech, gene therapies, big data, wearables, blockchain, etc. Invest in and develop those verticals 35
  10. 10. © Laurent Haug 2015 Develop a culture of anticipation instead of reaction 36
  11. 11. © Laurent Haug 2015 In my experience, innovation watch is the only way to change a culture! 37
  12. 12. © Laurent Haug 2015 My recipe to change the culture of large organizations: Daily inputs on trends Weekly summaries Quarterly presentations 38
  13. 13. © Laurent Haug 2015 Raise awareness about the opportunities 39
  14. 14. © Laurent Haug 2015 People only see the threats
 (often imaginary) 40
  15. 15. © Laurent Haug 2015 41 Phaedrus, c. 370 B.C. ”If we depend on writing, we will lose the ability to remember anything” Seneca (4-65 A.D.) “distringit librorum multitudo” (The abundance of books is a distraction.) Barnaby Rich (1580-1613) One of the diseases of this age is the multiplicity of books; they doth so overcharge the world that tit is not able to digest the abundance of idle matter that is every day hatched and brought forth into the world. (1613) "Superficial, sudden, unsifted, too fast for the truth, must be all telegraphic intelligence. Does it not render the popular mind too fast for the truth? Ten days bring us the mails from Europe. What need is there for the scraps of news in ten minutes? How trivial and paltry is the telegraphic column?" http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/07/in-1858-people-said-the-telegraph-was-too-fast-for-the-truth/375171/ In the early days of the telephone, people were told that the device was creating a "race of left-eared people—that is, of people who hear better with the left than with the right ear,” The radio, in 1924, was debatably a nuisance that produced "loud and unnecessary noise." Then came television, which was dangerous because it was too spellbinding. Oh, and because, as the Times reported in 1937, people reported being spied on through their TV sets. http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/07/in-1858- people-said-the-telegraph-was-too-fast-for-the-truth/375171/
  16. 16. © Laurent Haug 2015 While change is an opportunity 42
  17. 17. © Laurent Haug 2015 43http://qz.com/383109/the-music-industry-has-hit-its-rock-bottom/ Small players became big in < 10y
  18. 18. © Laurent Haug 2015 44 Always possible to disrupt established players
  19. 19. © Laurent Haug 2015 45 “The business plans of the next 10,000 startups are easy to forecast: take anything and add AI.” Kevin Kelly http://www.wired.com/2014/10/future-of-artificial-intelligence/
  20. 20. © Laurent Haug 2015 Turn citizen from consumers to actors 46
  21. 21. © Laurent Haug 2015 We (barely) teach our kids how to use technology. We should teach them how to master technology. 47
  22. 22. © Laurent Haug 2015 What we should be teaching kids: Coding / how machines think Design (visual, information, UX) Data analytics Digital communication Information research Networking / collaboration Lean startup / business model generation 48
  23. 23. © Laurent Haug 2015 From one shot education to continuous education. 49
  24. 24. © Laurent Haug 2015 The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
 Alvin Toffler 50
  25. 25. © Laurent Haug 2015 51 II. Foster entrepreneurship
  26. 26. © Laurent Haug 2015 Why? Because entrepreneurs invent the future 52
  27. 27. © Laurent Haug 2015 53 No candle-maker has become a bulb manufacturer. No carriage-maker has become a car producer. The post office did not invent email Marc Giget
  28. 28. © Laurent Haug 2015 Why? Because entrepreneurs create long term leadership 54
  29. 29. © Laurent Haug 2015 55
  30. 30. © Laurent Haug 2015 Make entrepreneurship easier 56
  31. 31. © Laurent Haug 2015 Still 20k (3k) to create a sarl 57
  32. 32. © Laurent Haug 2015 Cheaper offices, shorter leases 58
  33. 33. © Laurent Haug 2015 We need a better ecosystem (mentors, investors, buyers, incubators, conferences, media) so that startups don’t leave the country 59
  34. 34. © Laurent Haug 2015 We need better core services (zenefits, zenpayroll, expensify, harvest, indinero, xero) 60
  35. 35. © Laurent Haug 2015 Make entrepreneurship safer 61
  36. 36. © Laurent Haug 2015 Swiss safety net applies to those who take less risks (employees), not those who take risks (entrepreneurs) 62
  37. 37. © Laurent Haug 2015 Closing a company still a nightmare (and you have to keep the files for 10y!) 63
  38. 38. © Laurent Haug 2015 System designed for the worst case scenarios, not the best ones 64
  39. 39. © Laurent Haug 2015 Concentrate support 65
  40. 40. © Laurent Haug 2015 Create a venture capital fund with the state’s money 66
  41. 41. © Laurent Haug 2015 Concentrate more resources on good projects 67
  42. 42. © Laurent Haug 2015 It’s not about quantity. We only need one Swiss unicorn. 68
  43. 43. © Laurent Haug 2015 Let bad projects die. 69
  44. 44. © Laurent Haug 2015 III. Improve hard and soft infrastructure 70
  45. 45. © Laurent Haug 2015 Switzerland is paralysed 71
  46. 46. © Laurent Haug 2015 Switzerland rewards immobilism (cf rents) 72
  47. 47. © Laurent Haug 2015 Impossible to build in cities 73
  48. 48. © Laurent Haug 2015 No landmark projects. We need big, crazy, exciting projects 74
  49. 49. © Laurent Haug 2015 Accelerate deployment of basic services 75
  50. 50. © Laurent Haug 2015 Wifi, fiber, 5G, etc 76
  51. 51. © Laurent Haug 2015 Government as a platform 77
  52. 52. © Laurent Haug 2015 Force organizations to open their data 78
  53. 53. © Laurent Haug 2015 Every organization should have an API by 2016. 79
  54. 54. © Laurent Haug 2015 Create a government SDK 80
  55. 55. © Laurent Haug 2015 All basic govt services online (and automated), ready to be built on 81
  56. 56. © Laurent Haug 2015 Just look at what Apple did with the iPhone 82
  57. 57. © Laurent Haug 2015 IV. Better politics 83
  58. 58. © Laurent Haug 2015 Work permits & naturalisation 84
  59. 59. © Laurent Haug 2015 Yesterday ---> Today 85
  60. 60. © Laurent Haug 2015 I was trained at UNIL and kicked out of the country. I paid 560/semester for my studies. The government way paying 120’000/y for me. 86
  61. 61. © Laurent Haug 2015 Give an automatic work permit to foreign students 87
  62. 62. © Laurent Haug 2015 Create work permit for investors 88
  63. 63. © Laurent Haug 2015 Create work permit for entrepreneurs 89
  64. 64. © Laurent Haug 2015 Create work permit for exited entrepreneurs 90
  65. 65. © Laurent Haug 2015 Create “magic words” that equal work permit: Facebook, Google, Amazon, “Data analyst”, regardless of country of origin 91
  66. 66. © Laurent Haug 2015 Facilitate access to CH passport 93
  67. 67. © Laurent Haug 2015 95 Give Swiss citizenship to anyone who created 5+ jobs
  68. 68. © Laurent Haug 2015 96 Count entrepreneurship years as double
  69. 69. © Laurent Haug 2015 Stop concentrating on multinationals 97
  70. 70. © Laurent Haug 2015 Linear 20th-century corporations will be supplanted by small, nimble teams that can impact a billion people in a dematerialised, demonetised, information-driven world. Peter Diamandis, Singularity University 98
  71. 71. © Laurent Haug 2015 Whatsapp: 55 employees, 800M users 99
  72. 72. © Laurent Haug 2015 Mojang (Minecraft): 47 employees, 100M+ players 100
  73. 73. © Laurent Haug 2015 AirBNB: 1600 employees, 800’000 listings 101
  74. 74. © Laurent Haug 2015 Give fiscal incentive to those lean 21st century organizations 102
  75. 75. © Laurent Haug 2015 Government as a startup 103
  76. 76. © Laurent Haug 2015 Name CDO / CIO / CTO 104
  77. 77. © Laurent Haug 2015 Use lean and agile methodologies 105
  78. 78. © Laurent Haug 2015 Adapt faster to the new realities 106
  79. 79. © Laurent Haug 2015 / 4 axis Create a religion of innovation Foster entrepreneurship Improve hard and soft infrastructure Better politics 107
  80. 80. © Laurent Haug 2015 1 missing point in current strategy Sovereignty (hard / soft / data) 108
  81. 81. © Laurent Haug 2015 Policy-makers have to choose between protecting the past from the future, or protecting the future from the past. Tim O’Reilly 109
  82. 82. © Laurent Haug 2015 110 hello@laurenthaug.com +41 78 696 64 80 @laurenthaug

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