The New Public Value

The New Public Value


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The Public Value is more than ever strategic to society. The  concept of Public Value, as “Platform of Centrality” where converge the dynamics of qualification of the different social actors,  demands for a new order that cannot be solved only by single operative specifications associated with the so-called new government  or organizational adjustments associated to specific arrangements in the different Public Departments. If it is important, as Francis Fukuyama does not stop to claim, that  Civil Society is able to carry out a dynamic of leadership in the change processes, there is no doubt that the Public Value must be able to conduct and control such a challenge.
 The Public Policy exists to serve the Citizens and they must understand this as a sense of urgency in a permanent Contract of Trust. When David Osborne speaks about the increasing opportunity and necessity of putting  in the agenda the New Public Value,  he is clearly giving evidence to one of the central elements  of the Competitive Modernity of our present times. It matters more than never to ensure the reposition of the Public Value as “enabler” of the organization and control of a New  World and to use to advantage of the qualifying dimensions of  knowledge, innovation and competitiveness as attributes capable of giving citizens a new confidence in Europe.
In the New Global Economy and Innovation Society, the New Public Value has a central role to play towards a permanent insatisfaction with the creation of value and a focus on creativity. In a time of change, the Public Value can´t wait. The New Public Value must confirm itself as an “enabler actor” in a very traditional system, introducing in the society and in the economy a capital of trust and innovation that is essential to ensure a central leadership in a competitive world, the effective platform for the strategic competetiveness for the future.
The New Public Value should be more and more a global actor, capable of driving to the European social matrix a unique dynamic of knowledge building and selling it as a mobile asset on the global market. To ensure this objective, the Public Polocy must aggregate in an innovative way the commitment of the so-called three T – Technology, Talents and Tolerance. These are in fact the “drivers of change” for the Public Policy and civil society must be able to understand this new challenge and address effective answers to the different stakeholders of the system.
David Osborne is right in insisting in the actuality and importance of the challenge of the Public Value. It is essential in the modern Innovation Society  to consolidate strategical mechanisms that make  us believe. This is the role of the New Public Value.  The New Public Value is today an attitude of promotion and qualification of the Active Citizenship. It matters to the New Public Value to be excellent. It matters to the State to be an  Operator of Modernity. That´s why, never as now the New Public Value  a challenge of and for all. 
 
Francisco Jaime Quesado is the General Manager of the Innovation and Knowledge Society in Portugal, a public agency with the mission of coordinating the policies for Information Society and mobilizing it through dissemination, qualification and research activities. It operates within the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education
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