HBRP Webinar: We The Possibility
Wednesday, Mar 17, 2021 From 19:00 to 20:00
in cooperation with Harvard Business Review Press
The Covid-19 pandemic is testing the
ability of government and the public sector like never before. Many
people don't believe government can do new things or solve tough
challenges—it's too big, too slow, too bureaucratic, and most of all too
In his new book, We the Possibility Harvard
Business School professor Mitchell Weiss describes a renewed
entrepreneurial spirit that can transform the public sector's response
to big problems at all levels. Although many new (and especially
technology-based) efforts frequently fail, the ones that succeed have
the potential to transform our lives and our societies.
Mitch draws from his own experience as
Chief of Staff to Boston's Mayor Thomas Menino and from examples around
the world to make a robust case for a new mindset - that of 'Possibility
Government,' characterised as:
- Government that can imagine - Seeing problems as opportunities, and designing solutions with input from citizens.
- Government that can try new things - Testing and experimentation as a regular part of solving public problems.
- Government that can serve the many - Harnessing platform techniques for innovation and growth; and how public entrepreneurship can reinvigorate democracy.
Mitch has compelling examples including how Airbnb and Amsterdam finally came to an agreement over short-term rentals; to a 'hackathon' creating solutions for an opioid-ravaged Cincinnati, to Singapore’s eight-week race to deploy a contact-tracing app to help rein in Covid-19.