It’s good to see the ‘Circular Economy’ mentioned in the RSA’s latest report but the primary concern is that policy development in public services and economic growth is not being tackled in any cohesive way.
Based on the experience of Community Study Tours in Scandinavia, Groupe Intellex has long argued that the glue that binds these things together is investment in a high quality digital infrastructure.
It may, of course, be far more obviously necessary in remote places, with extremes of weather and transport difficulties, to maximise the use of digital interaction for basic public services such as health and education but the impact has been equally beneficial for enterprise, innovation, competition, community development and the stimulation of inward investment .
The RSA report’s main title reflects the distinct labels of Business, Society and Public Services – regarded by many as being in entirely different camps – but the subtitle – ‘a social productivity framework‘ gets a little closer to the ‘mashed up’ realities and interdependencies of the real economy. It’s a brave step but probably far too much for ‘Sun headlined’ ideologically-driven policy developers looking for simple solutions.
Will sleepwalkers awake when digital floods rise higher than their knees?
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