The world is changing rapidly. Challenges in climate and welfare and development of artificial intelligence leave many asking what the future will look like. To be able to cope with uncertainty, change and complex challenges and still be competitive, Sweden as most countries, needs greater anticipation and understanding of the world and paradigm shifts, and ability to respond both quickly and long-term on needs for system innovation and transition. Here, governance innovation can support.
How we do things is just as important as what we are trying to achieve. This is for example seen in how hard cities, trade and industry sometimes have in reaching their objectives, in how scaling up of innovation is met with hindrances in policy and infrastructure, or in how economic targets and measurements sometimes conflict with social and nature values.
Societal systems of today have developed during a long time through parallel economic, technical and societal processes, many interconnected. Operative and strategic decision-making is often based on assumptions and tacit, preconceived notions that the present and the future are, and will, be extensions of history. But in reality, authority and room for manoeuvring is shared among many stakeholders, and the future often catch our activities off guard, especially when trying to reach grand goals of transitions.
Governance innovation with RISE is about partnerships with stakeholders that need to think and act in new ways to solve problems and tackle challenges. Simultaneously, we deliver concrete results and further develop ways of working and guidelines, and organisational capacity and capability.
By developing ways of understanding, improving and modernising governance and leadership at any and all levels of society, together we can create modern governance with better conditions for cooperation and decision-making, and for reaching organisational and societal development goals.
Partnerships often look like:
It follows from above that governance innovation is hard to execute for singular organisations. In Sweden, RISE is uniquely positioned between authorities, companies, academia and civil society organisations, and with access to researchers and physical space for testing and demonstration, RISE can engage with stakeholders with a holistic view - from a user, to a system, to a transition perspective - on practically any thematic domains.
RISE work in governance innovation is done by strategic advice, arenas, interactive workshops, interviews and visualisations of complex systems for governance. Also included is norm-creativity, behavioural change, and organisational culture. To respect democracy and ethics and create positions of common interest is often important aspects.