miércoles, 11 de noviembre de 2015

Is the shared economy menacing the existance of governments?

The digital era waits for no one. However, sometimes it looks that governments thinks otherwise and they seems that they see themselves as capable to dictate the rhythm of the digital transformation of the society. As digital disruptions appear more frequently, the society are growingly embracing digital technologies as a more efficient and effective manner of doing things. On its side, the digital transformation of governments looks limited to the facade. Few things more that the digitalisation of the  point of contact through eGovernment services have been changed. Perhaps, the "lack of pressure to digital transformation" feeling in governments is a consequence of their privilege situation in the society organisation, without the possibility of being displaced by a competitor smarter in the usage of digital means (e.g. Blockbuster vs Netflix).

The situation could have changed with the emerge of the shared economy. Perhaps, there will not be a sole competitor capable to substitute completely the governments, but there will be thousands of them that could grab different government activities to develop in a more efficient manner. That is the case with Uber. A good question to make is "Why didn't governments invent Uber?". There are few doubts that the uber concept could have driven a more efficient transport in urban areas if it would have been adequately deployed by local governments. Nevertheless, the fear of failure and the pressure of actors with vested privileges have worked (and works) as a brake for this kind of innovations. 

Another missed opportunity is related with the usage of technologies for an efficient management of the job market. All started with platforms as Linkedin for sharing CVs between workers and employers, but other services like Mechanical Turk goes a step beyond and will be refined with the creation of a Uber for jobs. Again, the question is why this approach has not been taken before by government employment services. It is time for governments to discover the job-saving side from technology.

The digital pace of changes should be embraced by governments. Otherwise, as in the case described above, they risk to be displaced little by little from different spaces of the organisation of the society. "They will not succeed unless they become more open to creative destruction, allowing not only tools and procedures, but also mindsets, to be revamped and upgraded." 


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