Does Switzerland need a #staatslabor?
Despite its top position on the Global Innovation Index, other countries are ahead of Switzerland for social and political innovation. Therefore, the initiators of the staatslabor are encouraging public administrations to use modern innovation methods that are already being successfully applied in private business and by NGOs. Exploratory meetings with government officials on innovation in administration revealed an abundance of areas where the approach could be applied and important input was gained. Many of those interviewed were especially frustrated by their work within the so-called “silo mentality”. With its agile processes, pilot projects with external experts and neutral ground on which to review one’s own purpose, the staatslabor would be a welcome innovation partner. Whether for new methods for collaboration or to improve processes – the meetings clearly showed that there is a demand for the staatslabor as a partner of Switzerland’s public administrations.