Apolitical is a global network for government, helping public servants find the ideas, people and partners they need to solve the hardest challenges facing our societies.
Whether we like or dislike government, love it or despair of it, most of us can can agree that government plays a pivotal role in solving wicked problems - from the refugee crisis and the strain of urbanisation to climate change, cyber security and adapting to a world where an algorithm somewhere is chasing your job.
Around the world, the hundreds and thousands of men and women working in government are tackling similar problems. Often the solutions they find can be shared. But with public servants working under tight time pressure and often in silos, good ideas often remain confined to a country or a sector. This leads to duplication of effort, wasted taxpayer money and poorer services for citizens.
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 we take for granted in other sectors, making it fun and easy to look around the world for smart ideas and people.
We at Apolitical are optimists about government. We do not think government is perfect. But we think it works better than the media generally suggests. And we are also fans of the committed men and women who work in government, most of whom chose their careers because of a deep wish to serve society. We’re proud to be helping them.
Apolitical was founded by mission-driven entrepreneurs and backed by impact investors in Europe, North America and Asia and supported by an EU Horizon 2020 grant. It is a for-profit company and a Certified B Corporation. We believe that business can be a force for good, and are proud to be held to a high standard of accountability and transparency. You can learn more about our governance and business model here.
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.
The Foundation’s first initiative, Apolitical Academy, a joint venture with the 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.
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