Bernise Ang named Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum
Five Hunches About the Future of Public Policy Design
Bernise Ang of Zeroth Labs has been recognised as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, for her achievements and thought leadership in urban innovation and re-imagining public services in emerging economies.
Bernise: "This is a great encouragement for my rather obscure and niche area of work, especially with our non-traditional methods and experimental approach to tackling complex systemic issues in emerging regions. I hope to use this opportunity well to create more space - and hopefully partnerships - for us folks working on the future of cities, future of slums, and future of inclusive urban transformation."
With a small group of like-minded colleagues, I’ve been working in the area of public sector innovation, relating to the urbanisation process in developing countries as well as public sector issues in the urban context. This has taken us from re-imagining municipal public service models in Bangladesh and informing Bhutan’s employment policy, to healthcare and hospital design in Singapore. Along the way, we’ve learnt a lot about public policy, public services and the nature of public sector innovation. This includes how government bodies may not always talk to each other, the tension between politics and administration, conservative cultures that may not support the change (and risk-taking) needed to meet stated objectives, and the tradeoffs between desired outcomes and resources.