Government Innovation People Power

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We all want to feel like we can take action to create the kind of world we want to live in. That’s what people power is all about. It’s the belief that people should be at the heart of how communities, public services and democracies are run. So we don’t just accept the decisions that are made for us, but play an active role in shaping and implementing them.

From helping students perform better in exams to people managing their long-term health conditions more effectively, we’ve used a people powered approach for the last ten years to help governments and communities reimagine public services and improve people’s lives.

Shrinking budgets and a growing lack of trust in the political system means that governments today are facing huge challenges. COVID-19 has also brought to the fore the role of collaboration and the need for connection.

The complexity of these issues demands a different approach to power. An approach that involves communities and their needs, positions citizens as experts and rethinks the way public services are delivered.