We are in a period of rapid change in nearly all aspects of our lives, fueled by accelerating changes in technology. While many of these advancements are beneficial, many others are harmful to our bodies, minds, families, our natural habitats, and societies. These changes and complex issues will continue to accelerate, and can lead us more broadly in either of these two general directions:
- A positive direction globally, with improved social structures, health, reduced inequality, and more opportunities for people around the world, or
- A negative direction globally, with declines in our social structures, increased inequality, and reduced opportunities for people around the world.
Of course those are simplistic options, and some places (and people) may see improvements while others see increasing challenges. At the same time, though, technology is so powerful, more powerful than most people (and governments) realize, so the potential to swing in either extreme is also there.
One of the (or THE) main criteria determining which direction we go in a country, or globally, is how effective we are at helping our governments become as adept at technology and innovation, and as dynamic, as our private sector. While critical, that is truly a difficult task.
While we strongly believe in the positive role of the private sector in addressing many global challenges, we also believe in the importance of a strong balance between the private sector and the public sector, and the need to have an engaged, technologically savvy, and innovative public sector.
We have been working with government agencies for many years, and we’re now working to accelerate and expand those efforts. We are focusing our efforts with governments along a few themes:
- Improving innovation capacity WITHIN governments and public sector agencies, including ministries, municipalities, syndicates, chambers of commerce, and international organizations;
- Improving public sector FRAMEWORKS that govern private sector innovation and growth, with a particular interest in supporting SMEs, “social enterprises” (for-profit companies that have a clear, intentional, and monitored social impact objective); and
- Improving and facilitating interactions BETWEEN the public sector agencies and private innovation and impact innovation efforts.
As part of this effort, we’re also developing a Public+Private Impact Innovation Database that will become a shared repository for relevant efforts worldwide.
While we want this effort to become an open and shared initiative, the database is still in early development. We’d love your help with that. If you’re interested in helping, please fill out the form below, and we’ll follow up with you shortly.
We’re also launching this effort as we are involved in efforts with the GFMD – Global Forum on Migration and Development, and the GCM – Global Compact on Migration. As such this Database includes a focus area on migration and migration-related challenges and solutions. Interestingly, as we got more involved in that process a few years ago, we realized that many migration-related challenges are actually challenges that impact all of us, things around health, education, jobs, families, and many more. Addressing these challenges for our most vulnerable global citizens — our migrants, refugees, children, and elderly — will help us better address those challenges for all of us.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at: migration (at) altcity.me