Discover the most innovative ideas and solutions in government everywhere. Connect with the people behind them.

Apolitical highlights new ideas, effective solutions and stories of the impactful work of public servants everywhere. We believe that by sharing what’s working and how it’s being done – and by helping inspired and innovative public servants to connect, learn and collaborate across silos – government will work even better, and attract the best talent. Our invitation-only network connects innovative public servants around the world to the people, ideas and resources - within and beyond government - they need to tackle the wicked problems our societies face.

OK, I got it I don't need to see this anymore

As governments face growing, more complex and multi-dimensional challenges, innovative policymaking is more important than ever – but also more difficult. Apolitical fills a deep need in this regard – allowing innovators to learn from one another, take comfort in the shared difficulties they all face, and find mutual inspiration in common successes.

aaron-new
Aaron Maniam

Latest

  • Does Ecuador show us the future of government?

    Earlier this year, Cecilia Vaca Jones stood down from a powerful and highly unusual position…
  • Lac_Hume2

    How civil servants can save the planet – an example

    Despite the ongoing and often exhilarating progress on clean technologies – from carbon capture and…
  • DSC_0236-1-1024x439

    Inside the program Bill Clinton name-checked at the DNC

    In the Democratic National Convention last week, Bill Clinton highlighted an exemplary pre-school program that…

Innovators on our network include

Apply to our network

The best from around the web

  • Eyes on the street to protect women

    A mobile application which collects information about public spaces to compute the safety score of…

    After the 1980 winter Olympics, the US turned the Olympic village into … a prison.

    The Village was designed with the conversion in mind and triggered……

    China plans to use carbon credits to incentivise car manufacturers to build electric vehicles.

    Those who produce high emissions will have to buy credits,…

    Since the end of Apartheid, South Africa has made its police force ethnically representative.

    Having been dominated by whites and hated by the black population,…

  • No posts found
  • Mainland Chinese universities have broken into the global top 100 for the first time.

    Tsinghua university came in 58th in the annual list, followed by Peking university at 71st.…

    The US has a school for homeless kids.

    As their families switch between shelters, children are often moved from school to school, making…

    The world’s happiest country teaches its children empathy.

    In Denmark, children have pre-school classes about recognising others’ emotions.…

    Some of Brazil’s Olympic arenas will morph into schools after the games.

    The handball stadium, for example,…

  • A dozen countries have succeeded in increasing their forest cover by more than 10%.

    Since 1990, Algeria, China, Turkey, Uruguay and others have driven forward tree planting……

    London is extracting power from ‘fatbergs’ and the Underground.

    The fatbergs – bus-sized balls of grease that accumulate in sewers……

    On Sunday, Scotland generated 106% of its energy needs from wind alone.

    Wind speeds reached 185mph, closing bridges,…

    Ukraine intends to turn Chernobyl into a solar plant.

    Because grid infrastructure around the stricken nuclear reactor is still in place,…

  • After the 1980 winter Olympics, the US turned the Olympic village into … a prison.

    The Village was designed with the conversion in mind and triggered……

    18 years after its peace accord, Belfast is finally tearing down its sectarian walls.

    The first wall separating Catholics from Protestants was demolished last week……

    Albuquerque is breaking the cycle of homelessness by simply giving them jobs.

    Participants are paid above the minimum wage to clear litter or weeds.…

    Kochi is launching India’s first water metro.

    The complex backwaters behind the city will be linked by modern boats plying 16 routes……

  • Minnesota is offering what is thought to be the first course in how to run an election.

    As elections become both more technically complex and……

    A majority of Canadians support a guaranteed basic income – as long as taxes don’t go up.

    Two thirds support a basic income up to $23,000 USD……

    Texas got more people to vote by shaming them on Facebook.

    In a study for the 2014 elections, Facebookers were recruited to……

    Liberia has issued biometric IDs to civil servants, taking 8,000 ‘ghost workers’ off the payroll.

    In the chaos during and after the country’s 14-year civil war,…

  • Artificial intelligence has been used to diagnose a rare case of leukaemia in Japan.

    Tokyo’s Institute of Medical Science cross-checked the patient’s DNA against a database of tens of…

    The first cyborg Olympics kicks off in October.

    Some 80 teams from 25 countries will compete in events simulating the challenges of everyday……

    A mosquito parasite has stopped the spread of dengue fever in two Australian towns.

    Rather than genetically modifying the mosquitoes, researchers infected them with a bacterium……

    Dutch students are getting free accommodation if they hang out with lonely old people.

    In a care home in the city of Deventer, the students live free in exchange……

  • The EU is testing robot teachers that help refugee children learn new languages.

    The L2TOR (‘el tutor’) robots can monitor children’s emotions……

    Instead of rice or blankets, the UN has given 1.9million refugees hard cash.

    Because mobile payments mean the cost of distribution is tiny, unlike for food or clothes,…

    Half the Syrian refugees in Canada are backed by groups of ordinary people.

    The government connected nearly 12,000 Syrians with Canadians who offered money as well as assistance…

    Fifty-four African countries are issuing e-passports for free movement around the continent.

    Although the passports are presently only for heads of state and ministers, the African Union is committed to allowing free movement to its billion residents…

  • Eyes on the street to protect women

    A mobile application which collects information about public spaces to compute the safety score of…

    Since the end of Apartheid, South Africa has made its police force ethnically representative.

    Having been dominated by whites and hated by the black population,…

    ‘Juvenile lifers’ have been freed after the US Supreme Court banned mandatory life sentences for minors.

    Four men jailed as teenagers in the 1970s……

    Israel has slashed crime by immigrant youths with a ‘second chance’ program.

    Over the past 15 years, the proportion involved in crime has dropped from 23% to 6%.…

  • China plans to use carbon credits to incentivise car manufacturers to build electric vehicles.

    Those who produce high emissions will have to buy credits,…

    The EU is testing robot teachers that help refugee children learn new languages.

    The L2TOR (‘el tutor’) robots can monitor children’s emotions……

    The first cyborg Olympics kicks off in October.

    Some 80 teams from 25 countries will compete in events simulating the challenges of everyday……

    Singapore will have self-driving taxis on the road next year.

    The small test fleet will still have drivers in case something goes wrong,…

It's time for a new narrative that supports the best people in public service everywhere

Apolitical highlights new ideas, effective solutions and stories of the impactful work of public servant everywhere. We believe that by sharing what’s working and how it’s being done – and by helping inspired and innovative public servants to connect, learn and collaborate across silos – government will work even better, and attract the best talent.

Our invitation-only network connects innovative public servants around the world to the people, ideas and resources - within and beyond government - they need to tackle the wicked problems our societies face. Every sector is impacted by the effectiveness of government. Sign up to our weekly briefing to follow the most important innovations in government affecting your field.

Ida Auken
I find the Apolitical weekly briefing a consistently helpful and interesting insight into the forefront of innovative government and the public sector's potential for transformative change.

Our network and media partners include

  • Catham House
  • women-in-public-service
  • world-economic-forum
  • bernard-van-leer-foundation