“A new and better way of governing is emerging across our country,” said Martin O’Malley, Grant Thornton senior advisor on Smart Governance, formerly governor of Maryland and mayor of Baltimore. The new and better way, he explained, is through collaborative leaders who use technology to achieve and measure goals.
"It’s a fundamentally entrepreneurial way of governing,” O’Malley said in The Morning Briefing
on SiriusXM radio's Politics of the United States show. City leaders are doing business differently, rejecting the long tradition of keeping information close to the vest and not setting goals with deadlines. Instead, they are embracing sharing, openness and transparency ― “declaring public goals with public deadlines so that all of us can see which actions are actually working and which are not,” O’Malley said.
Today’s smart cities are using technology to find solutions to modern problems. “A smart city deploys smart technologies to make their city more inclusive, more connected, more prosperous, more resilient, more sustainable and more secure,” said former Baltimore mayor Martin O’Malley.
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Technology is making it possible to collect data including citizen input, access pertinent systems, model solutions, set measureable goals for action plans, and measure and report the outcomes.
An example, O’Malley said, is CompStat, the law enforcement system put into place while O’Malley was mayor of Baltimore. Now many cities are using the system to track criminal activity and provide real-time information for deploying officers to prevent, mitigate and solve crime. Command center staff are able to collaborate to share best practices. “We looked at a holistic measure of whether we were making this place of ours safer, healthier, cleaner ― a better place.
“I work with newly elected mayors and governors through Grant Thornton advisors, helping them bring forward these new systems of performance management,” O’Malley said. “Just because problems are complex doesn’t mean they can’t be understood. They can if we use the data, the measures and the maps, and drive leading actions to achieve our goals.
“The new narrative is around the greater health and well-being of all. It’s about genuine progress for ourselves and our posterity. It’s to improve the general welfare, to improve our ability to live life more fully.”
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