FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 05/11/20
Bridget Nurre Jennions, Centre for Public Impact
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Government must be optimised for learning if it is to level-up the UK
We are finally entering a new phase in government, whereby learning and adapting trumps top-down control, writes Nadine Smith and Laura Seebohm.
Originally published by PoliticsHome.
If we have learned anything so far in this global pandemic, it is that our government, like all governments, is on a steep learning curve. Key to this pandemic has been understanding that life today is complex, unpredictable and that we are learning as we go. Yet so many feel uncomfortable with a national or local learn and adapt approach, seeing a change of mind as ‘yet another U-Turn’, a sign of confusion, panic and failure.
Here’s another way of looking at it. It might just be we are finally entering a new phase in government, whereby learning and adapting trumps top-down control. A departure from New Public Management to human governments that listen, learn and adapt.
We propose just three recommendations for Whitehall. Prioritise learning, trust those who have the relationships to know what needs to happen next, and learn to listen again, as we have been doing at the Centre for Public Impact and Changing Lives.
Read the complete piece on PoliticsHome.
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