Methods and insights on how to leverage local assets in a networked, IT connected environment
Tools and tips for a sucessful change management
Real world experiences
Enabling citizen to be at the very core of a public service policy means above all design a new territory, based on common projects and expectations. The challenge that are facing today government organization at a local level is not only to cope with the mutation initiated by IT technologies. They have to reinvent the way they act, as democratic forces, in this new networked and connected Knowledge society.
Traditionnaly, government is made of three democratic entities : legislative power, executive power and legal authority. But now all three are facing a new challenge. As IT spreads in our society, these three powers tends to be overwhelmed by a fourth one : information.
A lot of economic and social transformations have occured because of massive deployment of computing networks and, alongside, of new kind of interactivity between numerical systems. Theses new virtual territories are a tremendous opportunity for further profitability, enabling durable development, individual initiatives and allowing more than ever people to participate.
But none of this will happen if we do not try at first to understand these new territories. We have to adapt the missions, and the management techniques, to this all new environment. We have to learn to act local and to work seamlessly with local government agencies, city or county related organizations, citizens’ representatives, local non profit organizations and enterprises.
This book aims to be a step by step guide to better manage territories in a networked environment. Doing so, it is focusing on four scales of action :
project for a territory (country, state),
State Information system at a territory level, local production systems ;
Each of these topics is described through action plans and real world examples.