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The Future of Government

Government agencies today are not much changed in structure or culture from their predecessors of past decades. In stark contrast, citizens' expectations for speed and service accessibility - driven by the information age - exceed most governments' current capacities. While we continue to go through the same old strategic planning processes, the divide only seems to get wider and we become less and less prepared for the future.

The Alliance for Innovation's resident futurist, Rebecca Ryan is here to help. Ryan has been tracking shifts in demographics, workforce, urbanization, mobility, technology, and sustainability for years. Since January she has been helping the Alliance uncover the "next big things" in local government, forecasting with a twenty to fifty-year horizon.

Twitter Recap

Miss the event? Check out our compilation of participant tweets for some of the key takeaways from the forum.

Archived Presentation

The Next Twenty Years in Local Government from AWCities on Vimeo.

Rebecca Ryan is a human sparkplug.

Part futurist, part economist, and always engaging, Rebecca is one of America's most influential thought leaders, helping cities and companies think around the corner to what's next.

Rebecca Ryan is the author of ReGENERATION: A Manifesto for America's Future Leaders (2013) and Live First, Work Second: Getting Inside the Head of the Next Generation (2007). As founder and coowner of Next Generation Consulting, Ryan leads the team that best-selling author Richard Florida calls, "One of the most reliable sources for leaders who want to attract and retain the next generation of creative workers.


This event was hosted by MRSC and the Evans School of Public Affairs and sponsored by the State Auditor's Office's Local Government Performance Center.

Date: October 6, 2015
Location: UW Husky Union Building (HUB), South Ballroom