Express Exchange Engage
In my post on The public service in a Wikileaks world I ended by suggesting that what was needed was not just the usual Australian Public Service notion of reform, but a renaissance. So what I will do over the next week is put together the building blocks of that idea. I intend doing so by adding to this post one key idea at a time. Give me brick bats and bouquets along the way.
I want to emphasise that the great work done by so many people - Innovation, APS Reform and Gov 2.0 - means that very little of what I will be saying will be new per se. The problem, as I see it, is that the speed of reform does not match the urgency and the entrenched practices and interests of some sections of the public service make progress hard. The code word for that used in report after report is 'public service culture'. An explain away.
So to Pillar Number 1 of a renaissance.
Establish a form of Wikileaks for public servants to anonymously disclose what is broken or needs improving in their department. That information and feedback should open to all public servants and citizens to view in a raw form. The focus should be on developing solutions.