Innovation is, in general, doing something that already exists in a different way, whether through a new product or by improving an existing process or service.
Government innovation follows the same principle. The role of the government is to guarantee the citizen rights, reduce inequality, and provide quality essential services to the population. To fulfill its role, the government must update itself and offer the policies it already develops more effectively. Government innovation is incorporating more effective ways to fulfill its role.
There are many forms in which the government can do this. It can act by promoting innovation in companies and in the economic and social scenario, or it can do internal innovation, transforming the form in which it provides its services and organizes itself internally.
IdeiaGov is a good example of this. By supporting the development of technological solutions based on the demands of public services, the government promotes innovation in the productive sector (companies, third sector organizations, and researchers) and generates innovation from the perspective of economic and social development, as well as internal innovation.
For this to happen, it is essential to involve people in this process. Innovation is not done alone. One must listen to others. For public managers, it is especially necessary to know the innovation ecosystem and mobilize the different actors to participate in this process. Thus, the government acts democratically in a network and involves the entire society in this transformation.
GOVERNMENT AND ENTREPRENEURS: AN ESSENTIAL ALLIANCE
The government does not innovate alone. Companies see the government as a great ally for scaling their solutions. An alliance between the two sectors brings mutual benefits. Startups have technological capacity and transform the way we relate to products and services very quickly. On the other hand, the government can support a larger number of small businesses, generating more skilled jobs to promote deliveries that solve a specific problem.
Part of the interview given by João Arthur Reis | Director at the Science, Technology and Innovation Coordination of SDE, mentor of the BrazilLAB, acceleration program, and one of the creators of IdeiaGov.