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Open Sources, Open Minds Can Bring Government Innovation

Jitinder Kohli explains why both the public and private sectors need to innovate, and discusses the challenges that face government agencies attempting to do just that.

We see innovation in action every day in our lives. Whether it’s listening to music on a cell phone, or taking the latest medication to help tackle an ailment, our lives are better and easier as a result of innovative products and services. Plus, innovation is not just about improving technology—Starbucks has transformed the experience of drinking coffee, and Walmart has altered the face of retailing beyond recognition.

Most of us think innovation only occurs in the private sector. That’s hardly surprising since private-sector innovation accounts for more than 85 percent of the United States’ growth in productivity, according to Nathan Rosenberg, a professor of economics at Stanford University.

But innovation is needed just as much in the public sector as we struggle to find solutions to both new and old problems.

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The above excerpt was originally published in The Public Manager. Click here to view the full article.

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Jitinder Kohli

Senior Fellow