Panel 5—The Future of Innovation: 21st Century Models of Governance: Governments around the globe are seeking strategies to make their outmoded and unwieldy bureaucracies smaller and more cost effective and responsive to the needs of citizens. Public servants are looking to the private sector and to civil society to find ways to govern by network or by market, which is a promising development; but these innovations must also be monitored to ensure effectiveness of implementation. This panel will explore ways to generate governance structures that are flexible enough to meet the twenty-first century's challenges without replicating the twentieth century's soaring costs and ineffective policy implementation.
The Frontiers of Innovation conference was held at the Harvard Kennedy School, March 31—April 2, 2008, and hosted participants from more than 50 countries. The conference highlighted how governments can be more effective at solving problems and improving the lives of their citizens through innovation.