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Government powers are waking up to the benefits of open collaboration

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I’ve long been singing the praises of collaboration when it comes to driving efficiency, growth and innovation. I founded Wazoku because I believe passionately in the power of working together to generate, evolve and implement ideas. And it works – you only have to read about the work we’ve been doing with Aviva to save the organisation £60m a year…the numbers speak for themselves. It’s a text book best-practice case study for internal organisational collaboration.

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But the same principles can, and should, be applied to collaborating with those outside of an organisation. This is commonly known as open innovation – whereby an organisation creates and innovations with external stakeholders, such as customers, suppliers, partners and its wider community. As my colleague Michael blogged previously, open innovation creates an environment where individuals and organisations can actively get involved in the creation of mutually beneficial solutions.

This would be particularly beneficial for those trying to upskill themselves in areas which they are not inherently experts in, or areas which are proving a global challenge because of the ongoing skills shortage. Something the British government seems to be cottoning on to.

Just this week, UK Cabinet Officer Matthew Hancock announced that the UK and US governments would be collaborating together on digital services to ensure both groups scale up and succeed. Shaun Donovan, White House Office of Management and Budget director explains, “By leveraging the very best of our 2 nations’ technical and digital talent, we’ll continue enhancing our governments’ ability to deliver critical services like healthcare, veterans benefits, and access to higher education, to American and British citizens alike.”

And only a few days later, First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon stressed the importance of Scotland collaborating with England to drive economic success and innovation.

With the global economy still not on track to recover from the 2007/08 recession and UK businesses saying the digital skills gap is still affecting productivity, teaming up to fill these shortcomings seems like a very sensible idea indeed. Long may it continue!

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