Working together on common digital challenges

March 10, 2017 by No Comments | Category Digital Public Services, Digital Scotland

A blog from Colin Cook

Later this month, I will be co-hosting an event which will bring people together to consider how to embed digital thinking and business models across the Scottish public sector.

The Digital First 2017 event on 22 March offers an opportunity for us all to find out about the great work that is taking place across Scotland to improve the quality of public services and change the way we work. It’s a chance to celebrate past success, and even more importantly, focus our energy on doing more and doing it faster.

I’m particularly looking forward to the “break out” sessions that will give is a chance to explore key issues in depth. These include discussions around the Future World of Work;  Designing for Users, exploring New (exciting) Procurement Models and the opportunities that digital offers to deliver inclusive economic growth.

One message that I intend to stress during the day, is the importance of working together to deliver digital transformation. The agenda reflects this – with contributions from, amongst others, Jane Martin from Scottish Enterprise, Sally Meacham from UK Government and Martyn Wallace from Scottish Local Government.   But the key to partnership, is not people we invite to take part in the event, but in the attitudes that we all adopt.  The recognition that we don’t have all the answers and that diversity of thought, background and experience is essential if we are going to deliver great services that really make a difference to the people of Scotland.

Digital First 2017 is your opportunity to contribute: it’s the place you can add your ideas into the mix, and inform what happens next. It is the place you can help shape our approach to some of the greatest challenges we face.

I look forward to seeing many of you at the event.


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