Because the government has the capacity to spearhead new systems that benefit the most people in the most cost-effective manner, it must, in order to remain globally competitive. Gov 2.0 leadership during this global transformation would create jobs, connections and significant focus for tackling planetary and local challenges. The failure to evolve quickly enough to participate meaningfully, however, would be disastrous.
The misperception that “digital, virtual and augmented reality” aren’t real, or should be stovepiped into new categories, is one of the most considerable obstacles standing in the way of success in the new global reality. Because ecosystems arise from the realities in which they are created, it is of critical importance that the digital culture and all it encompasses not be perceived as separate from the real world.
This expensive mistake can only be remedied with a unified vision of reality, a metaview held by sophisticated decisionmakers about how to integrate the future into the products and services purchased now by the government.
Rita J. King is Innovator-in-Residence at IBM’s Analytics Virtual Center, a Senior Fellow at two think-tanks: The Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs in New York City, and the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress in Washington DC. She is the Creative Director of the Imagination Age and CEO of Dancing Ink Productions. Her essays, various writings and works of art have been commissioned, published and exhibited globally. She thinks of technology as a prism held up to the bright beam of the imagination to create a new global culture and economy. @RitaJKing can be followed on Twitter.
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