From the first chief technology officer of the United States, a brilliant look at our government, private sector "open innovation," and how to tackle our most difficult problems with a government shaped for the twenty-first century
How New Technologies Can Transform Government
978-0-8021-2134-9 • $16.00 • Paperback • June 2016
“Innovative State is must-reading for anyone interested in tackling America’s biggest problems. We’ve seen how new technologies have dramatically changed the media industry, and Chopra shows how we can use them to remake our government.”Arianna Huffington
Over the last twenty years, our economy and our societyfrom how we shop and pay our bills to how we communicatehave been completely revolutionized by technology. But as Aneesh Chopra shows in Innovative State, while the private sector rapidly innovated, our government remained stalled, trapped in a model designed for the America of the 1930s and 1960s.
The election of Barack Obama on a platform of change offered a new opportunity, and in 2009, Chopra was named Chief Technology Officer of the United States, the first to hold this position. Chopra was tasked with leading the administration’s initiatives for a more open, tech-savvy government. Inspired by private sector trailblazers, Chopra wrote the playbook for governmental open innovation.
In Innovative State, Chopra shows how, over the course of our history, America has had a pioneering government matched to the challenges of the day. Now, in the Internet era, we can reshape our government and tackle our most vexing problems, from economic development to affordable health care, with the tools of open government. Open data fuels private industry and improves services for everyone, from better weather forecasts to overcoming blight in post-Katrina New Orleans. New standards enable a smart electrical gridand transparency for consumersas well as better and more cost-efficient medicine. Prizes, challenges, and competitions tap into the talent of Americans outside government, like the immigrant waiter who won a contest to design an inexpensive new vehicle platform for the Defense department. And by attracting talent, our government has instilled the impatience of startups into old bureaucracies, quickly producing results.
Drawing on interviews with tech leaders and policy experts and building on Chopra’s firsthand experience, Innovative State is a fascinating look at how to be smart, do more with less, and reshape American government for the twenty-first century.