Public Services Summit 2011
Over 100 global public sector leaders and policy influencers gathered in Oslo to discuss new ideas on the opportunities to increase productivity, sustainability and innovation in the public sector. The three-day Summit was a heavy mix of plenary sessions, specialist discussions and informal networking. It featured presentations from leaders and thinkers such as former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo, former Australian Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner, information society expert Manuel Castells and best-selling author Steven Berlin Johnson.
Many of the speakers underlined the pace of change in a connected world and suggested that we are not changing fast enough to adapt to the new paradigm. But, while the challenges the world faces from the eurozone crisis to climate change gave the Summit a sense of urgency, there were also plenty of positive signs as innovative projects around the world were highlighted and discussed. One particularly highly-charged session featured a passionate plea from Egyptian Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mohamed ElBaradei who urged his country to embrace democracy in a measured and reasonable way and called for a new relationship between Europe and the Middle East. This year's event was the 10th Public Services Summit hosted by Cisco, and it brought together a group of people committed to innovation and they left the event full of new ideas and reaffirmed in their commitment to deliver more for their countries and for their fellow citizens.
Highlights from this year's Summit, including video archives of the plenary sessions, breakout summaries and speaker interviews, can be found on this site.