Whether we like or dislike government, love it or despair of it, most of us can agree that government plays a critical role in solving our hardest challenges — from the climate and refugee crises to the strain of urbanisation, the need for better cyber security, and the urgency of adapting to a world where an algorithm is chasing your job.
Around the world, the people working in government are tackling similar problems. But with public servants disconnected from each other, and from the latest and best ideas and skills, many good ideas remain confined to a country, city, or sometimes even a department. This leads to duplication of effort, wasted taxpayer money, and poorer services.
Who nowadays would book a trip or buy a product without first seeing what’s available and what other’s experiences have been? Apolitical brings to government the sharing and ongoing learning we take for granted in other sectors, making it inspiring and easy to find the latest and best ideas and skills, grounded in the experience of peers.
The Apolitical team are optimists about the power of government as a force for good. We don't think government is perfect. But we do think it works better than the media often suggests. And we're fans of the committed men and women who work in government — the world’s largest workforce — most of whom chose their careers because of a deep wish to serve society. We are proud to be helping them.
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Good political leadership is essential if governments are to be more effective today and better prepared for the future. The millions of civil servants around the world responsible for finding and implementing new policies cannot do their jobs without the support of principled and skilled elected officials. Yet around the world, we are facing a political leadership crisis. Fewer young people see politics as a way to make the world better. And politics is attracting highly partisan leaders who are less willing to listen to opposing views and collaborate across the aisle. The Apolitical Foundation is a non-profit organisation created by Apolitical to help solve this problem, endowed with Apolitical stock options. Its CEO is Apolitical co-founder, Lisa Witter.
The Foundation’s flagship initiative, Apolitical Academy Global, a collaboration between Daniel Sachs Foundation, addresses this leadership crisis. The Academy runs public leadership programmes for talented people interested in running for political office. The programmes are focused on potential candidates from traditionally excluded backgrounds, such as young people and women. Learn more here. You can sign-up for their briefing "Building Better Politics" here.
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