The 2017 Public Sector for the Future Summit:

Citizen-Driven by Design

When & Where

June 13-15, 2017

Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

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About the Summit

Citizens around the world are demanding more responsive, more impactful, and less costly government. From the recent U.S. elections, to “Brexit,” to growing populist movements in Europe and across the globe, the burning platform for leaders now is making government better, faster, cheaper, and ultimately—citizen-driven by design.

Surging to the top of citizen-driven solutions is the intersection of behavioral economics, data and analytics, and design-thinking. When combined, these emerging strategies position leaders to better understand the needs of citizens, design better services, and leverage “nudge” solutions that have been proven to not only make services more beneficial for citizens, but also generate improved outcomes and public value.

Savvy leaders are already putting “nudge” strategies to work. Initiatives such as the U.K. Behavioral Insights Team, the U.S. Social and Behavioral Sciences Team, the Qatari Nudge Unit, and an array of state, local, and regional efforts around the globe are using simple and cost-effective tools to reduce costs and improve results in services such as education, consumer protection, tax collection, transportation, health, and beyond.

Yet even with this progress by early adopters, most public sector organizations are unsure how to proceed. Government historically has been control-driven by design—and redesigning government to be citizen-driven by design runs headlong into established policies, structures, systems, and processes. Thus, as leaders look to the potential of citizen-driven design and “nudge” strategies, they find themselves grappling with challenging questions:

  • Where and how can citizen-driven design and “nudge” concepts be readily applied to policy development, citizen-facing services, and back-office solutions?
  • How can data and analytics be leveraged to better understand not only where behavioral insights can be applied, but also how to redesign public services?
  • What are the cultural and political implications and effects of “nudge” solutions on an organization, and how should leaders prepare their stakeholders?
  • How can leaders develop their human capital capabilities to harness the potential of behavioral insights, data and analytics, and design thinking?

To address these critical questions and to help leaders move forward, Leadership for a Networked World, the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard, and Accenture, are convening the 2017 Public Sector for the Future Summit: Citizen-Driven by Design. This eleventh annual Summit will build on the Public Sector Uptake and Edge Matrix by not only helping participants implement near-term innovations, but also guiding their design of long-term strategies that improve evidence-based government, optimize the enterprise, create citizen-centric services, and develop the workforce of the future. To do so, participants will be immersed in a hands-on experience using data, analytics, behavioral economics, and design thinking to address current challenges and to support citizen-facing and operational innovations.Nouvelles sandales


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Leadership for a Networked World’s applied research, student innovation challenge, and on-campus summit programs are an initiative of Dr. Antonio M. Oftelie, Innovation Fellow at the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard (TECH), part of the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. TECH is a hub for students, faculty, alumni, and government and industry leaders to learn together, collaborate, and innovate. LNW accelerates these efforts by connecting leaders across sectors and developing cutting-edge thought leadership on innovation and organizational transformation.

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