Innovation is the most significant driver of economic growth at local, city, state and national levels and is highly visible on the global playing field. We are witnessing a struggle for working taxpayers given aging populations, increased citizen expectations, and significant cost and sustainability pressures. The most successful organizations, cities, states and countries will be those that embrace innovation and address the effects geo-socio-political dynamics have on society, their organizations and their business ecosystem. We are clearly at risk of innovation overtaking our ability to govern, yet slowing down innovation will challenge sustainability and restrict growth. Technology leaders within the organization have the mandate to demonstrate how new technologies can disrupt existing operating models and thinking.
In the Digital Government Review of Norway, published by OECD, both Norway and the other Nordic countries, score on the top of Digital Economy and Society Index (Desi) ranking. This shows that there is significant room for opportunities to use technology to power innovation that allows government to successfully protect our safety and welfare, while providing an environment to grow and sustain our cities and nations. But how? Creating an innovation agenda means rethinking the structure and approach to innovation—it is not the accountability of one person or group, but a process of discovering insight and co-creating future ideas by solving fundamental challenges in creative ways. The best ideas will emerge from a group of passionate, diverse people from all areas who have an entrepreneurial mindset about public service. Technology leaders can convene creative thinkers and digital champions to push the innovation agenda forward.