The 7th annual Centre for Public Service Innovation (CPSI) Forum

The CPSI annual Forum took place on the 21st-22nd August in Johannesburg, Gauteng this year.

The biggest take away for me was that innovation does exist in the Public sector, but we are do not promote and create greater awareness around it.

My keynote on thursday introduced Social media as a potential technology that should be utilised to better market Public Sector innovation.

After a few good conversations at the CPSI Forum, I will be placing higher emphasise on the following Programmes:

1. Open Government Data
– The OGP initiative has been subscribed to by the South African Government but requires implementation
– There will be challenges in this area should the Protection of State Information Bill (POSIB) be passed

2. Kenyan innovation
– “Why has Kenya leapt ahead in Public Sector innovation?”  was a question raised by an audience member that we should investigate
– Let’s see if there are any learnings we can apply in SA

3. South African Government Mobile Application
– Smart device have shown tremendous Market penetration lately and thus the need for a Government Application
– I’ll be planning the application soon, but will need a substantive user and business requirement.

4. Social media
– This is my Primary Programme at GCIS which I’ll continue work on.
– Online Reputation management tools are required.

This post is very rough but I plan to rather put these out than none at all.

Keep well,
Aslm levy

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