The state is an obliged actor in public problem solving. Public officials and elected representatives are expected to deliver outcomes that the people want, with or without the support of the market and society. This often creates a situation in which state capacity lags the capabilities of others. And it can be further compounded when political leaders are inattentive to the role of staffing and skill development in government. The focus of the How Institute in this arena will therefore be on enhancing state capacity.
The conventional criticism of the market is that it does not prioritise equity, and that it is inattentive to ecology. These failures have come to be acknowledged by at least some leaders in industry, but the subsequent impact of that realisation has been poor. The triple-bottom-line approach remains rare, and even those paying attention to it are taking only cautious steps forward. The How Institute's approach to the market, therefore, will be to emphasise the accelerated adoption of good practices.
In theory, the state and market exist to serve the people, but in practice it seems that the people themselves are only weakly associated with these goals. I.e. society has become merely a customer - in waiting, that too! - of the goods and services it expects fro the other two spheres. The How Institute's approach to society will be to help increase the number of problem solving people, whose participation and collective capacities have the potential to maintain the balance between state, market and society.
- Best practices and projects
- Public data and engagement
- Law and policy reforms
- Lateral induction of manpower
- Proving by doing
- Pipeline of Innovations
- Businesses of the Future
- Effective CSR and grant-making
- Information and advocacy
- Building ecosystems
- Civics, community, citizenship