Call for Nominations:
Public Servants Leading Governments into the 21st Century

(Davos) – Apolitical and the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Agile Governance (WEF) have launched the call for nominations for the Agile 50 List. This list’s aim is to shine a spotlight on trailblazers of agile approaches to governance during the Fourth Industrial Revolution in hopes to inspire other public servants.

From the regulation of social media and fake news to artificial intelligence and biotechnology – governments today are facing myriad 21st Century challenges, often with 20th Century technology and 19th Century institutions. The best response? Agile governance.

“Trust in government is ebbing in many countries right when we need it most,” said Lisa Witter, co-founder and executive chairperson of Apolitical, the peer-to-peer learning platform for government. “We are honouring pioneering public servants who are tackling our biggest challenges via human-centered, fair, responsive, open, collaborative, evidence-based and effective governance approaches in hope that others will do the same.” Witter also serves as the co-chair of the Global Future Council on Agile Governance.

Apolitical and the WEF Agile Governance Council are launching the call for submissions this week in Davos, where world leaders come together to address the most pressing issues on the global agenda, because agile government is at the center of many of these solutions.

Apolitical and WEF are looking to name and honour 50 public sector leaders who have brought agile governance to life in their administrations. They:

  • Embrace the future
  • Focus on outcomes
  • Experiment and learn
  • Are responsive
  • Lean on business
  • Connect with their peers
  • Engage locally and nationally
  • Have a global outlook
  • Focus on innovators
  • Put citizens at the centre

The deadline for submissions is March 15, and the Agile 50 list will be announced at the World Economic Forum Global Technology Governance Summit in San Francisco in April. Previous Apolitical lists highlighting gender equality leaders and digital government innovators received thousands of submissions and were cited widely around the world.

“As technology is changing at unprecedented speed, governments are struggling to keep pace and are hungry for new approaches to policymaking,” said Zvika Krieger, head of technology policy at the World Economic Forum. “Those governments who are able to take an agile approach to addressing the challenges and opportunities presented by these disruptive technologies will emerge as leaders in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”

About Apolitical
Apolitical is a peer-to-peer learning platform for government, equipping governments with the 21st century skills and knowledge they need to tackle 21st century problems. It is used by policymakers in 170 countries, from mayors to ministers to millennial digital innovators. It was named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in 2018. Policymakers and public servants: Sign up today for free.

About the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Agile Governance
The World Economic Forum’s Global Future Councils are the world’s foremost interdisciplinary knowledge network dedicated to promoting innovative thinking to shape a sustainable and inclusive future for all. The Global Future Council on Agile Governance convenes 25 of the most relevant and knowledgeable thought leaders from academia, government, business and civil society on the topic of agile governance.