Putting innovation among the programmatic points of the new government

I think they are difficult alternatives to a government that arises and obtains a vote of confidence on the basis of a program of few points, concrete and capable

  • Of understand the clear message of change that the electorate has given;
  • Of enhance the convergences that are present on the programmatic points of several political forces and which therefore can be supported by the majority of parliamentarians.

on the topics ofinnovation and digital, in the months of the electoral campaign more points of sharing have emerged, which therefore can be (barring denials and steps backwards instrumental to this political phase) a basis for defining a part of a government program capable of welcoming the favors of the parliamentary majority. Yes you can expect these shared points to be an important part of the new government's programme. It must be expected.

Let's start with the adhesions formalized during the electoral campaign by various candidates on the civil society initiatives (those against corruption, for transparency and for the Charter of intent for Innovation). We can propose that these are the points to be included, on the basis of a gradual construction of an innovation strategy:

  1. fight against corruption (one of the main obstacles to innovation policies), reforming the rule on the political-mafia electoral exchange (416 ter) and therefore improving immediately after the anti-corruption law approved in 2012;
  2. implementation of transparency in politics, both with respect to the data of parliamentarians (professional curriculum vitae, income and assets situation, personal judicial history, potential conflicts of interest) and with respect to discussions in committees and acts (facilitating the use of monitoring tools by citizens, as  Open Parliament);
  3. initiatives for innovation (the points of the Charter of intent for Innovation):
  • definition and start of a national program for digital literacy,;
  • policies to place the School at the center as a place for investment and value creation;
  • implementation of Open Government practices in decision-making processes;
  • promotion of electronic commerce and development of the digital culture of small and medium enterprises;
  • broadband access as a universal service, also guaranteeing access to the network as a citizen's right;
  • reduction of barriers to entry to the telecommunications market, reviewing the mechanisms and tariffs that today prevent small operators and citizens' cooperatives from having space for activity and thus also allowing the creation of the "citizens' fiber" model.
  • labor model reform, with an adaptation of labor policies aimed at the new forms of production of cognitive value, redesigning a system of welfare and support for flexibility and, in a more general perspective, also introducing mechanisms such as the minimum citizen income;
  • development of the open innovation market, starting from the Regions and encouraging innovation capacities;
  • networking the entire innovation chain, between Universities, Businesses, Credit, Territory, reviewing the legislation on start-ups and providing for and encouraging technology transfer activities.
  • promotion of innovation policies sensitive to differencesstarting with gender ones.

Not only short-term measures, but also broader ones that need to be set up and started quickly, with concrete legislative and administrative actions but also guidelines and strategies.

Where to get the resources from?

Here are some possible areas of intervention to reduce the dispersion of resources that our country pays (as well as the boulder of tax evasion):

  • the policy costs (including expenses for useless entities and for boards of directors that are not essential for public companies);
  • the inefficiencies related to the lack of organic plans and governance(just think of the issue of software reuse, of parallel and uncorrelated initiatives,..);
  • L'inadequate use of available technologies;
  • The corruption system;
  • there proliferation of service intermediaries (for which the work is paid less than the ability to weave relationships of interest);
  • there bureaucracy, the useless complication of administrative procedures and the current prevailing organization of the public machine by competences (and not by projects);
  • interventions to support companies no longer able to recover due to production and international market problems.

From here you can start.

But the method of construction and then implementation is important. A method that must be based on transparency in the proposal and on the possibility of opening up to extensive and effective consultations. It is a moment in which courage and awareness are needed. The programmatic points are published and open to citizens' evaluation and consultation. It will be the strong sign that another era has begun.

Here you can read a larger article on the subject.

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