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Is ownership obsolete?
Share your way to government innovation

Governments can use “we” economy models to improve public service efficiency and outcomes.

THE “WE” ECONOMY

Digitally enabled platforms are transforming entire industries.

Pioneering organizations are using these platforms to shift from “me” to “we”—making a difference and a profit by operating as ecosystems, not just as individual corporate entities.

For public service, the “we” economy presents many opportunities to drive government innovation: Using ride sharing platforms to supplement public transit. Sharing heavy equipment. Renting out underutilized space. And collaborating with citizens to improve health and public safety.

PROCURING CHANGE: WHERE TO START

Mitigating risk.

Matching expenses with revenues. Engaging with citizens. Improving services and outcomes. Every local and state government is working to address those goals—and should be exploring how “we” economy opportunities can help.

Is Ownership Obsolete? Share Your Way to Government Innovation

As “we” economy models continue gaining momentum, governments can either get on board or be left behind.

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COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION

Where do sharing economy leaders see opportunities for government innovation? Three experts shared their perspectives during the 2015 Public Sector for the Future Summit at Harvard University.

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Opportunities in the Sharing Economy

2015 Public Sector for the Future Summit at Harvard University Hear from Emily Castor, Director of Transportation Policy, Lyft, Anita Roth, Head of Policy Research, Airbnb and Brooks Rainwater, Director of the Center for City Solutions and Applied Research, National League of Cities.

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SHARING SERVICES, SHAPING CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT

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A new path to government innovation?

Accenture research reveals a clear gap between citizens’ acceptance of sharing economy services, like Airbnb and Lyft, and government’s plans to use such models to deliver public services.

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Citizens support sharing....

80%  Citizens who support government use of a range of potential sharing economy services

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Who’s using sharing economy services?

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37%
millennial citizens

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22%
all citizens

Is government prepared to share?

No, according to half of government leaders

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1 in 4

Evaluating or discussing impact of sharing economy

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Almost 40%

No engagement with sharing economy opportunities

Untapped value

Government use of sharing models would...

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Improve overall citizen satisfaction with government

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Improve citizens’ views of government

A FRESH APPROACH

Anita Roth
There’s a shift in mentality that access is actually equal to or greater than ownership. There are a lot of benefits you get with access and responsibilities that you don’t have to take on if you don’t have ownership

Anita Roth, Head of Policy Research, Airbnb

Peter C. Hutchinson
Who needs to own the assets in order to deliver the service? It’s clearly possible for an entire company or, in our case, a government, to successfully deliver services to people without necessarily having to own the assets that deliver those services. That changes the rules. It actually allows our governments to move more quickly. It allows our governments to be more nimble. It allows our governments to try things.

Peter C. Hutchinson, Managing Director, Accenture Public Services Strategy

Government innovation in the "we" economy

Recent Accenture research shows that citizens – across generations and geographies – support government use of “we” economy models. But is public service making the most of the opportunities?

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