Now more than ever we need the highest levels of collaboration in and beyond government to secure the UK’s future following the EU referendum.
The new Prime Minister has three prominent Brexiteers to take charge of different aspects of the intended departure from the European Union. Boris Johnson, Liam Fox and David Davis all have key roles and their own perspectives on what Britain should become in the future for which they campaigned. Early reports suggest some power struggles for dominance and allocation of resources and we can only imagine the challenges for the civil servants engaged in trying to deliver on the ambitions of their respective Secretaries of State.
It’s clear, however, that the challenges impact not only the big beasts of Brexit but also the ministers and staff of virtually every Whitehall department as thousands of officials and advisors work on the vast volume of legislation and international agreements inherent in the new politics. Experience has shown us that cross-departmental collaboration in government is contentious, time-consuming and occasionally frustrating for the civil servants who are charged with enabling progress. There has to be a better way.
Now would seem to be a very good time for politicians and officials alike to collaborate in a smarter, faster and more cost-effective way. On-line collaboration hubs, such as those developed by Wiki-Solutions, offer a safe, practical and efficient way of gathering information, exchanging opinion, developing solutions and assessing risk.
By opening the discussion around key issues to a wide range of expertise and opinion within and outside the ministries, decision-makers can come to well-informed decisions far more quickly and with better evidence than is possible through the current system of carefully orchestrated inter-departmental meetings where hours are lost simply agreeing a venue, an agenda and participation.
The option of anonymous participation means that Wiki Hubs generate open and honest discussion where quality of thinking outweighs hierarchy and personal ambition. These discussion and action hubs also enable the debate to embrace, as appropriate, the opinions of subject matter experts, businesses, unions and the 48% who would have preferred a different future for our country.
Barry Clarke OBE
Chairman Wiki Solutions Ltd