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Smart and Open Government News Roundup


August 3, 2017

Interesting news about smart cities, smart government and open government collected by the FreeBalance Strategy and Innovation Group.

THERE’S NOTHING SMARTER IN GOVERNMENT THAN HAPPINESS: Draft chapters of “Leading with Happiness” by Alexander Kjerulf, Chief Happiness Officer at Woohoo. Alex would like your feedback – why not make Alex happy?

AUTOMATION PUTTING PEOPLE OUT OF WORK EVEN IN EMERGING ECONOMIES: Are most jobs obsolete?  Lorenzo Fioramonti in a World Economic Forum post suggests that “the only way out of this predicament is to empower people to become producers and consumers at the same time.”

SUCCESS IN 4TH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION NEEDS ACCELERATED WORKFORCE RESKILLING: A WEF white paper suggests that “he skills required for most jobs are evolving rapidly but our adult education and training systems are lagging behind. While 35% of the skills demanded for jobs across industries will change by 2020, at least 1 in 4 workers in OECD countries is already reporting a skills mismatch with regards to the skills demanded by their current jobs.”

SMART INNOVATIONS IN ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION:Jose Luis Blanco, Andrew Mullin, Kaustubh Pandya, and Mukund Sridhar from McKinsey discuss the technology transformation of engineering and construction from digital design to predictive maintenance.

TRANSPARENCY CLOSES THE TRUST GAP: Donald F. Kettl describes link between trust through government transparency in Government Executive. Transparency does not always lead to trust and can often contradict other policies.

PUERTO RICO ENGAGES CITIZENS: Ann Ravel, in Pacific Standard, describes the efforts used to increase voter turnout and citizen participation in Puerto Rico.

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