Caffeine fuelled conversations brought the two authors together to realise that there was a need for a unique, timely and distinctly Australian look at a global phenomenon – how digital technologies, and their associated tools, platforms and cultures, are changing the way we do government and provide public services.
It is very much a contemporary analysis, written by two current “reflective practitioners” with over 40 years’ combined global experience in policy, public sector management and digital strategy, the book offers a fresh perspective on (a) why we are experiencing difficulties and frustrations on the road to “real” digital transformation in government and the public service and (b) what we can do to speed things up.
Both authors bring both long-term and contemporary experience that walks the line between theoretical policy considerations and practical delivery. The book is packed with insights, quotes and thinking from the author’s network of leading and prominent government and digital thinkers. This is a book written by two people who make a living from digital transformation in government so it is accessible and is written in a way that will instantly resonate and connect with audiences in Australia and around the world.
Martin Stewart-Weeks is an independent advisor who works at the intersection of government, public policy, technology and innovation. He has held roles as a Ministerial chief of staff and policy advisor, worked in the Commonwealth and NSW public service, led the Asia-Pacific team in the global public sector practice of Cisco’s strategy and innovation group and helped to design and implement government and social impact strategies for Deloitte and PwC.
UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES
Masters, Social Policy
Activities & Affiliations
Regular writer, speaker and blogger www.publicpurpose,com.au on digital government, policy reform and public sector management
Chair of the NSW Digital Government Advisory Panel
Chair of the Welfare Payments Infrastructure Transformation program Expert Advisory Group for the federal Department of Human Services
Board Member for The Australian Centre for Social Innovation and the Centre for Policy Development.
• Changing Shape: institutions for a digital era (2014) co-authored with former Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner
Simon Cooper is a Director who specialises in the digital transformation of government for a leading digital consultancy in Sydney covering governments across Australia and the globe. He is passionate about integrating strategy and digital execution to deliver improved citizen experiences, government efficiencies and building the capabilities of public servants. Simon is currently focused on bringing new conversational artificial intelligence and cognitive customer interactions to his clients.
Simon spent a decade in the UK Government including as a Head of Digital and Data in the Home Affairs Department where he worked closely with the Government Digital Service, in a Ministerial Strategy Unit and as a Regional Operational Assistant Director.
CASS BUSINESS SCHOOL, LONDON
Executive MBA (Distinction)
B.A. (Hons) History & Politics
NATIONAL SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT
Civil Service Fast Stream graduate
• Delivering on Digital Government report (2018)
Deans Scholarship for Executive MBA
Civil Service Cabinet Secretary Innovation prize winner
Global Association of MBA’s Student of the Year prize winner