• Opinion
  • December 19, 2018
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Brazil is embarking on 101 days of public sector innovation

Opinion: The first days of government transition are always a milestone

This piece was written by Ana Camerano. For more like this, see our government innovation newsfeed.

The first days of government transition are always a milestone for the routine of public administration. During this period, the press usually devotes time to cover the first actions of elected politicians and their teams. Public servants also often build and confirm their expectations for change.

In October, in Brazil, we faced a very complex election period, marked by the polarisation between the left and right parties, with the latter finally winning. It was also the first time that a federal election in the country became deeply connected with social media, with the massive spread of fake news and the use of Twitter as official communication between the newly elected president and Brazilian society.

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As hyperconnected individuals, this may not seem something special. But it is a real change within the public sector context. The growing use of social media for public leaders and public institutions as an institutional channel is expressly transforming how citizens are engaging with politics and with their leaders.

Therefore, in the Brazilian context, this election marked a new period in how we connect with our public leaders. It gives a hint at how the new public administration and government will work with social media and communicate with citizens.

A government transition period is not always easy

But we know that a government transition period is not always an easy task for the ones who are leaving and the ones who are arriving.

With this in mind, WeGov developed a program called 101 Days of Innovation in the Public Sector. The number ”101” it is widely understood as the first and most basic knowledge of everything. It is often seen in manuals or in entry college courses. The program aims to help the new public administration to settle into their roles — and to start innovating from the get go.

WeGov is a startup that promotes government innovation through workshops, innovation programs and content curation. We introduce ourselves as a Learning Space for the public sector innovation to happen. Our actions are oriented under three premises:

  1. Empower public servants;
  2. Illuminate positive and scalable ideas and actions;
  3. Connect public servants from all levels of spheres and powers.

The 101 Days of Innovation in the Public Sector is an innovative program which consists of delivering web content about innovation during the first 101 days of 2019, starting exactly on January 1st. The target audience is public managers interested in changing the reality of the Brazilian public sector.

The content will be delivered through email every day (except Sundays), and will be made up of blog posts, videos and podcasts. Every public servant is invited to subscribe. And, the program doesn’t cost anything to be a part of.

We truly believe that innovation is a great resource for the new public management, and we seek to deliver the best there is to enable these leaders to deliver. Some of the biggest Brazilian public institutions, such as the Chamber of Deputies, the National Council of Justice and the Public Ministry of São Paulo, have already signed on as institutional members of our 101 innovation program.

We hope that this content serves as an inspiration for the implementation of real solutions in the context of the public sector. And we welcome everyone to join this positive movement towards an innovative transformation! You can subscribe here.— Ana Camerano

*Although we have some content in Spanish and English, all of them will be delivered in Portuguese (with subtitles or translation).

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