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.

Governments around the globe are seeking strategies to make their outmoded and unwieldy bureaucracies smaller, more cost effective, and responsive to the needs of citizens. Public servants are looking to the private sector or to civil society to find ways to govern by network or by market, which is a promising development. However, these innovations must also be monitored to ensure effectiveness of implementation. This panel explored ways to generate governance that are flexible enough to meet the 21st century's challenges without replicating the 20th century's soaring costs and ineffective policy implementation.

  • Professor Elaine C. Kamarck, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Professor Lee Bowes, CEO, America Works, USA
  • Mr. Carlo Flamment, President of Formez International, Italy
  • Professor Maryantonett Flumian, Senior Fellow at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa, Canada