Proactive models of public policy
How do we replicate proactive models of public policy? By being proactive you are determining your own scope. By being reactive you are defined by the problem. Public policy has tended to be reactive which solves an immediate problem, however, falls short on identifying underlying causes. New approaches to public policy that have a proactive element will present opportunities for thinking beyond the immediate and perceived problem.
We as citizens and government own the problem collectively.
New public policy design ideas are happening across the world. We are interested in new ideas and then sharing these ideas amongst our networks. For example, instead of using fines to deter negative behaviour, in Sweden they have introduced positive incentive-based model in which law-abiding drivers are entered into a monthly lottery when they are recorded going the correct speed limit.
If we look specifically at traffic incidents, internationally, the effect of negative driver behavior has economic, social and environmental impacts. For example, reduced productivity from delays, emergency and health costs, and loss of life are some factors that policymakers are invested in solving. Clearly, punitive measures are not delivering desired outcomes. The challenge has arrived at a stage where it requires disruptive thinking techniques.
Beyond traffic incidents, proactive government can be applied to a variety of areas of public policy. Some of the positives from implementing a proactive government, is a better understanding of the causes, interrelation between those causes, and a solution to a problem. Revenue shifts would likely be an unintended consequence of proactive government.
What would happen if nothing happened? Governments would continue to be reactive, which is a suboptimal response to public policy. This incurs financial costs, opportunity costs, and political costs.
What are our objectives in using MindHive? Solving a problem, with collective, diverse thinking to provide a fresh entry point into the challenge.
If we are successful we hope to pull together a concept paper of fresh ideas around how government can be more proactive and less reactive in public policy.
Challenge Opened: 04:36 AM, Wednesday 06 December 2017
Challenge Closes: 12:00 AM, Thursday 14 December 2017
Time to go: Closed