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Public Services Summit

Several hundred people representatives from the public sector in around fifty countries came together in Sweden last week in an event organised by Cisco and the City of Stockholm. The theme this year was”Sustainability, Innovation and Inclusion.” The summit is specifically targeted at senior policy advisors and key decision-makers in education, healthcare and government and focuses on ways the internet and networking technologies can change the way you do business. A recurrent theme at the event was how to enable innovation in large organisations such as those which tend to predominate in the public sector. Maintaining an innovation culture is also an issue for large companies in the private sector so this is a rich theme for the mutual exchange of ideas between technology companies like Cisco and colleagues in government.I contributed to the event with a specialist session on the Power of Information agenda. This is a UK government developed strand of work that aims to promote innovation in government services by enabling people to make creative use of government information sources.For more information, please see the official Cisco Website at www.cisco.com/web/learning/le21/le34/nobel/2008/index.html or to read the social media record of the event, please visit www.cisco08.com.

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