Governing on the Edge of Change: A Report from the Next Policy Frontier

The following is part of a special series of policy briefs by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars running until inauguration day. This piece, written by David Rejeski, director of the Science & Technology Innovation Program at the Wilson Center, looks at governance and the technological edge:

Imagine, for a moment, a world that is rapidly changing along three dimensions:
Structure: a shift from hierarchies to networks; Ownership: transitions from proprietary to open-source models; and Exchange: a movement from classic markets and commodities to a gift or contribution economy. These shifts are creating new ways of driving social and technological innovation and simultaneously challenging traditional notions of how we govern. For public policymakers, this emerging zone creates opportunities to craft next generation policy, leadership, and management strategies that can work on the edge of change.The full brief can be downloaded here:

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