The strategies adopted by governments and public officials can have dramatic effects on people’ live. Packed with examples, and shaped by the author’s practical experience, the book shows that governments which give more weight to the long-term are not only more likely to leave their citizens richer, healthier, and safer; they’re also better protected from being blown off course by short-term pressures.
"Geoff Mulgan’s book on The Art of Public Strategy is an riveting read, fizzing with insights and ideas."Manchester Policy Blogs
"Mulgan’s book maps out possible applications and implications of strategy for the public sector: he starts with a caveat, stressing that there are important differences between strategy in the corporate world and the public sector" Martin Kornberger
"Now, in a bold new book, he explores how governments can think and act strategically in a political world which often undervalues long-term decision-making" Konwledge Connect
Creating a Learning Society explains how the countries of the world went from centuries of stagnation to the enormous increases in standards of living that have marked the last two hundred and fifty years: they have learned how to learn. Yet, as Stiglitz and Greenwald make clear, markets won't succeed on
The Effective Public Manager offers public administrators and students a classic resource and a highly-accessible guide to the fundamentals of leading and managing public organizations. The authors cover the key areas of the field and present in-depth analysis through the strategic use of fresh case studies and real-world examples. The book
All the money that people give away might seem a lot, and yet it pales in comparison to the needs we see all around us: urban slums and rural poverty, children in failing schools and children without access to any schooling whatsoever, deforestation and unclean water, crippling diseases of many kinds.
Copyright conversations have become like a battleground between two worldviews. One is that of the mass-media corporations fighting for control of what they understand to be their enclosed garden, generating fruit to be sold on the harvested bushel. They have pushed for and won long and strong copyright – copyright policies
The great economic downturn; tumultuous weather patterns; Ponzi schemes; Occupy protesters; political uncertainty; flash mobs and mall melees make daily headlines. When you hear about catastrophic news, do you ever think about how an unanticipated event might affect your business? The crisis mindset requires being “on and ready for battle” 24-7,
Open government is the notion that the people have the right to access the documents and proceedings of government. The idea that the public has a right to scrutinize and participate in government dates at least to the Enlightenment. Its principles are recognized in virtually every democratic country on the planet.
In Unlocking Public Value, Marty Cole and Greg Parston offer public services practitioners a unique tool to help them capture the mix of goals or outcomes, some reflecting local, some global, concerns, and measure performance in attaining these outcomes. Providing a framework and step-by-step process for defining these outcomes is one
A common vice of organizations that are good at thinking about the future is that they neglect the present.
Much of the knowledge needed by government is not formalized; it sits in the minds of practitioners or citizens themselves.
Through many thousands of years, some of the fundamental duties of government have changed surprisingly little.
It is useful to immerse decision makers in simulations that help them to understand dynamic, cumulative processes.
Many governments simply did not believe the predictions made for the spread of AIDS in the mid- 1980s because they seemed implausible.
A good protection against mistakes is to test strategies against alternative scenarios - bad as well as good.
Smart institutions make use of independent advisers to take a fresh look at big programs and projects as if they were starting from scratch.
Governments find it much harder to end policies and programs that have had significant past investment.
Diplomats & leaders fail to understand that people living in different countries think differently & have different cultural references.
Governments' biggest failings are generally those of empathy - the inability to think into the minds of others, particularly enemies.
Some theorists describe public decisions as closer to 'hyperbolic' discounting, where the discount rate steadily falls, and then levels off.
In business, the future is discounted according to consistent and precise measures that arise in the market.
One of the most important areas of difference between business strategy and public strategy is time.
The public's primary concern for reliability is best delivered by high levels of integration and coordination.
Some public services are large-scale retail and distribution industries with many close parallels in the private sector.
The essential qualities needed to run a good prison are very different from those needed in an excellent school or an excellent hospital.
The Levity Effect is no laughing matter. It is a serious work of notification about the powerful influence of laughter and lightness on organizational performance and personal health. It proves the theory that you can work hard, reach impressive goals, and still have fun doing it. It is really a humorous,
In Strengths Based Leadership, #1 New York Times bestselling author Tom Rath and renowned leadership consultant Barry Conchie reveal the results of their research. Based on their discoveries, the book identifies three keys to being a more effective leader: knowing your strengths and investing in others’ strengths, getting people with the
The recent economic crisis was a dramatic reminder that capitalism can both produce and destroy. It's a system that by its very nature encourages predators and creators, locusts and bees. But, as Geoff Mulgan argues in this compelling, imaginative, and important book, the economic crisis also presents a historic opportunity to
Whether you are looking to reignite your passion in your current job, just starting out in the work world, or still in school trying to decide which major or career best fits your passions and values, you’ll find that success is not about chasing the latest hot job trend in the
Collective intelligence is the capacity of groups to make good decisions—to choose what to do, and who to do it with—through both human and machine capabilities. The ways intelligence is organized are fractal in nature with similar patterns occurring on multiple scales, from groups of friends to organizations and whole societies. Understanding