Edge of Government 2017
Human, Machine or Animal?
Can governments get better at understanding and predicting?
Zooming in or Zooming out?
Can governments manage the micro and the macro?
Back office or front?
Can you challenge the machinery of government?
Are you experimenting fast enough?
Can governments keep up with the speed on the outside?
Citizens: part of the problem or the solution?
Can governments redefine expertise?
Mass services or customised?
Can governments get personal?
About the Edge of Government
What does it feel like to be at the edge of government innovation, navigate unchartered territories and experiment with new solutions to society’s complex problems?
The Edge of Government innovation experience will challenge visitors to think in new and often counter-intuitive ways about how to solve the most pressing public challenges of our time. The main purpose of the exhibits is to inform, trigger new thinking through an interactive experience, and most importantly inspire visitors to connect with the innovators behind the case studies showcased. To this aim, this year’s Edge of Government experience is centered around open questions that policymakers need to be able to successfully navigate to break new grounds. Throughout the immersive journey, visitors will be presented with new approaches that provide governments with answers but at the same time open up new questions. Exhibits will cover a landscape of solutions that are rapidly emerging and continuously evolving, raising the question of how governments can effectively explore and keep abreast of an increasingly wide array of tools and options. The Edge is a place of intellectual curiosity and willingness to experiment. Visitors will walk out of this immersive journey with a desire to move to action and turn the “edge” into mainstream.
Visitors will experience leading government innovations from across the globe
The global exhibits were evaluated across three key criteria and will only be showcasing innovation practices that go beyond "the usual suspects" typically "below the radar".
Degree of newness and uniqueness associated with each innovation
Magnitude and scope of improvement to government attributable to each innovation
Potential for replication in other countries and regions
The OECD’s Observatory of Public Sector innovation (OPSI) has worked in partnership with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation (MBRCGI) to conduct a global review of the ways in which governments are transforming their operations and improving the lives of their people through innovation. This process has included extensive research into innovation trends in OECD member countries and non-members alike, as well as an open Call for Innovations to surface examples of innovative practices in governments worldwide. 161 innovations were submitted from 46 countries.
The Edge of Government builds on this research project and integrates it with additional experiences from the private sector and civil society that are challenging innovative governments to reframe their purpose and the way they deliver their services. The tensions emerging from this dynamic interplay are translated into interactive exhibits for the World Government Summit.
Being at the edge means successfully navigating ambiguity, having a higher level of tolerance for uncertainty and being open to exploring non-obvious solutions. Rather than presenting the case studies as recipes to be followed, therefore, the research frames them as open questions that are meant to engage visitors in a dialogue and encourage them to question well established practices.
About The Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre For Government Innovation
The Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation was established to stimulate and enrich the culture of innovation within the government sector through the development of an integrated innovation framework. The goal is for innovation to become one of the key pillars of the UAE government in line with the vision of H.H. Sheikh Mohamtmed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, which aims to develop government operations and enhance the UAE’s competitiveness, making the UAE one of the most innovative governments around the world.
Our Business Model
The Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation aims to make innovation an everyday practice by experimenting with new approaches, enabling people with the right capabilities, networks and resources, thereby enriching the culture of innovation.
Innovative ideas make a real difference in government work, and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation provides a world-class, multifunctional space for testing, creating and spurring innovation locally, regionally, and internationally.
The Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation works on building the innovative capabilities of government employees, through the development of an integrated framework of innovation tools to develop a highly skilled government innovators.
The Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation aspires to promote an innovation culture in the UAE Government Sector through building international partnerships and becoming a global hub for innovation and best practices. In order to deploy innovation concepts within the government sector.