OECD Report: Surfacing Insights and Experimenting Across Borders

Innovators have found themselves facing a dilemma. Many of the challenges they work on spread across borders. One-country solutions are often likely to be sub-optimal. At the very least innovators need to learn from others facing similar dilemmas. But it’s even better if they can pool resources, data and capacities… As a result, we are in an era when what is sometimes called micro or mini-lateralism has become more common: nations or cities joining together in smaller groups to solve problems.

This report is very timely and describes out an important aspect of mini-lateralism: how a new field of cross-border innovation is evolving. It documents a remarkable range of initiatives springing up around the world, in very diverse fields and points to the possible implications…
A distinctive spirit marks many of these initiatives… There’s a striking commitment to openness – most of these initiatives are transparent and many use open data in its various forms… Another part of this spirit is the commitment to the principles of collective intelligence – the idea that the best solutions will probably come from outside government itself… There’s also a distinctive democratic impulse behind many of these initiatives – a desire to engage citizens in the work of solving problems…

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