Top 10 Summer Reads on GovTech & Entrepreneurship by PUBLIC


15 August 2018

The PUBLIC Team suggests reads & podcasts on what we think you would like to explore this summer. 

Across the world, the modern state is undergoing an extraordinary transformation. A new generation of technology is changing the way a nation – or, indeed, a local government – collects taxes, delivers services, distributes welfare, maintains security, and more. In time, and perhaps a surprisingly short time, the whole way a state engages with its citizens will be different. Driving this change is the rise of GovTech – new technologies applied to public services and specifically designed for government purposes. We believe that is it by unlocking the potential of tech startups that we can solve public problems.

The summer is a great chance for public servants and entrepreneurs to think creatively about the way new business models, empowered by new technology, can make a difference in citizens’ wellbeing. We came up with 10 books, webinars and podcasts that we think could help you shape your decisions and generate value for our society.

Let’s #StartupState together, and harness innovative tech solutions to solve the challenges our public system faces.

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“Delivering on Digital: The Innovators and Technologies That Are Transforming Government” by Bill Eggers

How do you redesign government and transform it into a digital state, in this tech-enabled era? It’s already happening in Estonia and Bill Eggers takes a look at the challenges and opportunities for the United States government and how best to impact change.

“Bill is one of the smarter people at Deloitte and has put out some really interesting thought pieces, definitely worth a read!” – Ryan Shea, Senior Associate at PUBLIC.

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The 7 Lenses of Transformation by Transformation Peer Group

Kevin Cunnington (Director General, Government Digital Service) and Tony Meggs (Chief Executive, Infrastructure and Projects Authority) and the Transformation Peer Group built the 7 Lenses with the community to help fulfil the objectives set out in the Government Transformation Strategy – it provides a practical guide for understanding complex transformation in an organisation and drive public innovation that benefits citizens.

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Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Max Tegmark

This New York Times bestseller discusses the potential impact of AI on human condition. The rise of Artificial Intelligence has the potential to transform and optimise public services and the way we interact with the State. But how can we harness the potential of this technology without leaving people behind?

“Just started reading it and I think that so far it draws an interesting analysis on the impact of AI on justice, war, jobs and society” – Chiara Carlini, Programme Associate at PUBLIC

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How to Start a Startup – Webinar Series by Sam Altman 

This series of video lectures were initially given at Stanford in Fall 2014. Sam Altman, President of Y-Combinator, organised this webinar in order to give early stage startup advice on topics like operations, product development, growth, leadership and culture.

“Slightly dated but still the most useful thing I have watched on what to think about when starting a company. Good speakers and often pretty engaging.” – Edward Elliott, Programme Manager at PUBLIC

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The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

The entrepreneur gives advice on how to build a market and develop a new product, in this fast-changing risky world, by bringing principles from lean manufacturing and agile development to the process of innovation.

“The Lean Startup isn’t just about how to create a more successful entrepreneurial business… it’s about what we can learn from those businesses to improve virtually everything we do. I imagine Lean Startup principles applied to government programs, to healthcare, and to solving the world’s great problems. It’s ultimately an answer to the question ‘How can we learn more quickly what works, and discard what doesn’t?” – Tim O’Reilly, CEO O’Reilly Media

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Capitalism Without Capital: The Rise of the Intangible Economy by Jonathan Haskel & Stian Westlake

As investment in intangible assets increases, the digital economy is changing the real economy and we are failing to assess its real impact. The book outlines the way managers, investors and policymakers can exploit the characteristics of an intangible age to grow their businesses, portfolios, and economies.

“A favourite of Bill Gates’, the book is a smart think-through of technical transformation and how we measure and experience the real economy”- Daniel Korski, CEO and co-founder of PUBLIC

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Tech States: Innovative Government for the ‘Start-up Nation’ – Acast Podcast 

This episode of Tech States features Shai-lee Spigelman, CEO of Digital Israel, interviewed by Dr. Tanya Filer. Shai-lee discusses her ambition to bring some of the digital talent and creativity of Israel’s Hi-Tech industry into government, to better serve Israeli citizens. Topics include cross-organisational collaboration; digital talent pipelines for the public sector; the growth of the Israeli Digital Health market; and the challenges and opportunities for ‘GovTech’ start-ups seeking to work with the public sector.

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Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World by Rutger Bregman

Universal basic income. A 15-hour workweek. Open borders. Does it sound too good to be true? One of Europe’s leading young thinkers shows how we can build an ideal world today.

“When I get depressed by the world in seeming disarray, Bregman’s book shows that we can construct a society with visionary ideas that are, in fact, wholly implementable. Every milestone of civilisation – from the end of slavery to the beginning of democracy – was once considered a utopian fantasy. He discusses how new utopian ideas such as universal basic income and a 15-hour work week can become reality in our lifetime.” – Marta Kuprinska, Entrepreneur in-house at PUBLIC and Co-founder of fintech startup Azimo

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Digitizing Government: Understanding and Implementing New Digital Business Models by Mark Thompson et. al

With increasing citizens’ demand and severe budgetary constraints, governments need to become more effective and responsive. This book argues that there is a need and opportunity to transform the State and strive for a more cooperative environment between the public and private sectors to put citizens at the centre of policy-making and service delivery.

“This book gives practical insight and encouragement for everyone leading, building, operating and assuring the new digital future for UK government.  But it is also an essential read for those who need to understand what digital means and how much more than just new technology it is going to take to make digital public services a reality.” – Sally Howes, Digital Director, National Audit Office, UK

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The Promise of HealthTech by Nicola Blackwood

Nicola Blackwood, author of PUBLIC’s new report, introduces the UK’s HealthTech ecosystem. Technology is changing healthcare in ways that were scarcely imaginable only five years ago. The changes that innovations such as cloud computing, VR, 3D printing, genomics and artificial intelligence are bringing to the NHS cannot come too soon. They represent one of the few ways that the NHS can sustainably relieve the demographic and financial pressures it faces. New technologies, often provided by innovative startups, can help.

Read PUBLIC’s Reports on the GovTech and UrbanTech industries, here.

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