On private vs public

It’s a story you hear again and again. An HQ of a complex technical operation at a large multinational. Lots of money and in the extreme case lives at stake. A room full of screens and specialists making real time decisions as well as researching for future operations. A volume of information that needs many heads working together to best understand.

Except many of them work for different competing subcontractors. So not free and not willing to share data and methodology. And even the corporation’s own employees are all too aware of cuts, redundancies. So best be safe and hang on to these ideas. Can’t be too safe.

The 21st century should be a century of true collaboration. All too often it will not take place in ultra competitive environments. Private sector efficiency is often much exaggerated.

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