Government – we are all affected by it, but what should it look like in the future and what will it do?

Around the world citizens’ trust in government is falling. People are increasingly asking what government is for and how it should evolve to reflect their changing needs.

Meanwhile, rapid technological developments are making even the most advanced governments look flat-footed as people connect, exchange ideas and form new communities in radically different ways.

It is becoming increasingly clear that the models of government we’ve relied upon for generations need radical rethinking. We need a bold new vision for how governments around the world should look, think and act.

At the Centre for Public Impact, we’re exploring how government can be better equipped for the future. 

We’re speaking to government leaders and civil servants around the world to understand how they’re thinking about the future and shaping their organisations for the challenges ahead. And we want to hear from you too.

To get the discussion going, complete our Quickfire Future of Government Questionnaire. We asked all our interviewees to complete it and it’ll give us a flavour of your vision for the government of the future.

Take the quickfire questionnaire

 

Share your thoughts and suggestions on Twitter using the hashtag #FutureGovernment or contact us at futuregovernment@centreforpublicimpact.org

Join the conversation. #FutureGovernment

About the project

We’ve been looking into how technology like AI can help governments achieve better outcomes for their citizens. We’re also learning how government could become more human and strengthen its legitimacy. From that starting point, we've held conversations with leading international thinkers and practitioners to gain insights into where current models of government are failing and how these can be re-thought to deliver better impact. Our research so far has centred around four broad questions, which we explored in a design workshop with the Royal College of Art London.
  1. What should government’s role in society be?
  2. How can government empower public servants to drive change?
  3. What is the role of citizens in the government of the future?
  4. What goals should government be pursuing and how should success be measured?
We've also started a series of interviews with former government leaders to gain a deeper understanding of different views of how government should be run. We kicked off with Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the UK from 1997 to 2007.

How you can get involved

We want to hear from you. Please get in touch with us if you have any thoughts and ideas related to these four questions:
  1. What should government’s role in society be?
  2. How can government empower public servants to drive change?
  3. What is the role of citizens in the government of the future?
  4. What goals should government be pursuing and how should success be measured?
Or let us know if you have more insights on the direction of our research. We would also invite you to take our quickfire questionnaire which we asked all our interviewees to complete, which will give us a flavour of your vision for the government of the future. Take the quickfire questionnaire Share your thoughts and suggestions on Twitter using the hashtag #FutureGovernment or contact us at futuregovernment@centreforpublicimpact.org.

Change won’t happen overnight – but we’ve all got a stake in creating a government fit for the future - let’s get to work!

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