Public Sector Insights: Reinventing the public sector landscape

It is said that no government can build credibility if it downplays the need to internalise efficient and effective mechanisms in steering the wheel of governance. Hence, it is the duty of government, public policy makers and other key stakeholders within the government landscape to stay focused on maximizing the gains of governance to the citizenry through transparency and efficiency in the governance process.

Making cities smarter : How citizens’ collective intelligence can guide better decision making

Imagine that you are an urban planner charged with putting walkways in a newly built city park. How would you go about deciding where to put the paths? Several approaches come to mind: You could survey likely park users. You could copy “best practices” from other parks. Or you could build sophisticated computer simulations to project future foot traffic. Or you could take a different approach: What if you just open the park and observe the paths in the dirt naturally created by foot traffic? By using a process of discovery rather than design, you could leverage the built-in knowledge and preferences of real park users to find an optimal walkway solution. Prior to the construction of Freedom Tower in New York City, the great urban theorist Jane Jacobs suggested that the Ground Zero site scrap its existing street grid: “I was at a school in Connecticut where the architects watched…