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December 09, 2007

Blogging Nobel Public Services Innovation Summit (1)

Stockholm (December 9, 2007): Over 300 invited delegates have gathered in Stockholm for the annual City of Stockholm and Cisco Systems' Public Sector Summit in celebration of Nobel Week. This blog captures my reactions and thoughts regarding the Summit's proceedings.

Simon Willis (Host) opens the Summit this morning. It's 2:30 am in the morning in Cleveland and just after 8:30am and it's as dark in Stockholm at 8:30am as it is at 2:30 in the morning back in Cleveland. Breakfast table conversation this morning brought along conversation from Dubai, England, and Spain. Common interests in using internet technologies to support policy goals of education,health, and cultural sharing.

Kristina Avendal, Vice Mayor City of Stockholm open. Stockholm striving to become the Internet capital of Scandinavia. Challenge to do is real as Internet and Internet economy is a relatively inexpensive and commonly available infrastructure investment. The central differentiators come down to the willingness and openeness of the public leaders to transform the traditional cultural and norms of public services towards e-services. IT can improve the public sector, vitalize democracy, tie the city together, and open city hall to everyone. IT makes the contact opportunities practically unliminted.

Interesting enough, as an inside, today, 70% of all Swedes have access to computers and internet access. Sweden's biggest challenge is in many ways attending to its contracting population base. In Universities today, Swedish Universities are now systematically attempting to leverage ICT to attract students from overseas. Students from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh are now collaborating with Student peers from Sweden over the Net. Swedish economy has begun to shift. Gaming economy and gaming curriculum is deliberate and now the gaming economy in Sweden is larger than the consumption and/or production of music.

Next up... Yvon Le Roux from Cisco Systems.

Lev Gonick
Stockholm, December 9, 2007

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