California public agencies will have to deal with massive budget shortfalls in the coming years. In addition much attention is being focused on shifting more responsibilities and resources from state government to local governments as part of the direction of Governor Brown. European public agencies have been facing similar trends for several years and collaborative innovation has become a concept to understand how to accomplish a major rethinking of the structure, processes, and norms of the public sector. Put simply the public institutions of the 20th century are not up to the challenges of the 21st century. In this understanding of innovation more than new ideas are required. Instead we must explore completely new approaches to governance, make choices, implement those choices, and then learn and adapt from the experience of those choices. Collaboration becomes a core competency in this understanding because many actors with different ideas and interests must work together to be successful. At this session we will have the benefit to hear from two of Europe's foremost scholars in this work, Eva Sorensen and Jacob Torfing. Eva and Jacob are the co-directors of the Centre for Democratic Network Governance at Roskilde University in Denmark. http://magenta.ruc.dk/demnetgov_en/
They recently initiated a new program, Collaborative Innovation for the Public Sector (CLIPS). Eva and Jacob will discuss their program and some of their findings so far and explore with us how the European experience might help inform collaborative innovation as part of the Center's initiatives to help California respond to the challenges of 21st century governance.
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