This is the transcript from an excellent keynote on the Culture of No within Government and the challenges of bringing in innovators and entrepreneurs to fix government problems. Changes need to be made with government and the private sector in order to foster closer collaboration. This article is well worth reading.
I think there’s a bit of a false promise in the way we think about innovation in government. The current thinking is: “if we bring in private sector innovators, then they’ll fix the government with their whiz-bang ideas.”
There’s not a single idea I came into government with as a “private sector innovator” that someone inside of government hadn’t thought of before. And if the person that’s been there for 20 years, who knows all the policies and regulations and other barriers hasn’t gotten it done, then it’s likely I won’t either.