Navigate Change: New Markets in Public Procurement

Universities as Incubators

WBUR’s Adam Frank picked up the story: “Like many winter days here in upstate New York, it’s cold and gray in Rochester. But today feels darker than usual because when we woke up this morning, we learned that Eastman Kodak was filing for bankruptcy.” Frank goes on to be the optimist: Rochester will be okay; the University of Rochester is doing great things, not the least of which is providing the city with jobs. UR has become a center of medical and technological innovation. It has a Center for Entrepreneurship and announced this fall it would begin an Incubator Program.

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So goes the story in other cities around the US (and world?), claims Frank. Others are backing him up. Eric Eldon of TechCrunch notes a very recent story from New York City, where Cornell will be launching a tech center (“NYCTech”) on Roosevelt Island in partnership with the City. “The goal of the campus is to further develop New York City as a key destination for technical talent, in the hopes of building a university-oriented innovation eco-system along the lines of what Stanford and Berkeley have in Silicon Valley, and what MIT has in Cambridge.” Other writers note similar stories in California, Massachusetts, New York, and Georgia.

These university-cities are becoming start-ups in their own right. As centers of knowledge, learning, and job creation, access to higher education will become ever more important. Or at least proximity to it.

-          Terra Curtis

Code for America partners with San Francisco

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CfA Culture from Code for America on Vimeo.

This is a public-private partnership you’ll want to pay attention to. We introduced you to Code for America back in April. They’re a non-profit that selects several entrepreneurs to work on civic projects in their partner cities. 2011 was their first year, during which they partnered with Boston, Seattle, and Philadelphia. The results were numerous and intriguing (check out their annual report here).

For 2012, they’ve announced a few new ventures. They’re partnering with several more cities this year in addition to launching Code for America Accelerator, a start-up incubator focused on creating the next generation of government vendors. This spring, they’ll be holding several hackathons to identify the best entrepreneurs for the job. Once the team is identified, they’ll work with city partners to choose which departments are most in need of new tools, for improving things like permitting applications or records requests. See the San Francisco Chronicle article for more details.

Code for America has the potential to do for city governments what Silicon Valley has done for the tech industry. Imagine what our world would be like if the fastest, most pleasurable service experiences we had were those interactions with city governments!

-- Terra Curtis 

Our new book is online: Navigate Change - How new approaches to public procurement will create new markets

We have now made the electronic version of our new guidebook for SMEs on new approaches to public procurement available for viewing and download. Printed copies are available in limited number, and the guidebook should soon be available in other languages. This book was published by ACC1Ó, the Catalan Competitiveness Agency as part of the European EuroPROC consortium. Base Design has done a beatuful job in illustrating the complex themes and ideas. The book contains interviews with leading decision makers from policy, business and research on the realities and opportunities in changing procurement practices. Further, it contains 18 case studies covering smaller companies experience in exporting under new procurement regimes to global markets.

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Our new book is online: Navigate Change - How new approaches to public procurement will create new markets

We have now made the electronic version of our new guidebook for SMEs on new approaches to public procurement available for viewing and download. Printed copies are available in limited number, and the guidebook should soon be available in other languages. This book was published by ACC1Ó, the Catalan Competitiveness Agency as part of the European EuroPROC consortium. Base Design has done a beatuful job in illustrating the complex themes and ideas. The book contains interviews with leading decision makers from policy, business and research on the realities and opportunities in changing procurement practices. Further, it contains 18 case studies covering smaller companies experience in exporting under new procurement regimes to global markets.

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Sneak-Preview: Our Book on Innovation in Public Procurement

Since our call for contributions in February we have received a great response and have now completed the new guidebook for small- and medium-sized businesses on the new markets emerging around social, green, innovative and electronic public procurement together with ACC10, the Catalan Competitiveness Agency and the euroPROC consortium. Social Considerations, Green Public Procurement, SRPP, GPP, Innovative Procurement, Innovation for Procurement, Electronic Procurement, Socially Responsible, Living Labs Global, EuroPROC, ACC10, Interreg IVC, EU, Guidebook

The English edition of the guidebook is to be launched at a conference in Barcelona in June 2011, but participants of our Summit on Service Innovation in Cities on May 12 2011 will receive advance copies hot of the press. It is expected to be translated into 10 languages over the coming months.

With over 25 contributors such as leading policy makers in the UK Government's sustainable and open data programmes; Business leaders such as Oracle's Global Senior VP for Public Sector, Education and Health; and 16 case studies of small businesses using innovative, green or socially responsible procurement measuress to open new markets.

We worked closely with Base Design to deliver a stunning visual approach to the complex themes that should inspire business leaders to enter a market valued at 16% of world GDP.

Stay tuned for more.