In the inaugural year of FWD50, we brought hundreds of public servants under one roof in Ottawa. It was a modest event, and we tried many new things. But we had a few principles: That the event was international; that there was no pitching or expo hall; and that we'd tackle not just technology, but the cultural and structural changes needed to make digital innovation happen. We wanted to build not just a conference, but a conversation about what we can be when we steer progress towards bettering society.
We described ourselves as:
- Pragmatic: What can we change in 50 days? What’s the world like in 50 years We need to streamline today as much as we imagine tomorrow.
- Unafraid: Everything is up for discussion. We call out the elephant in the room and aren’t afraid of sacred cows.
- Subversive: We’re after small, seemingly innocuous ideas that can have big, transformative consequences.
- Inclusive: Change only works when it helps everyone. We’re focused on improving the lives of all citizens.
- Transformative: Done right, government is a platform atop which we can create a better world.