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The Creative Bureaucracy and its Radical Common Sense

By Charles Landry and Margie Caust, Comedia, United Kingdom, 2017, 84 pages, ISBN-13: 978-1-908777-08-9

The Creative Bureaucracy and its Radical Common Sense by Charles Landry, the inventor of the Creative City concept, and Margie Caust, an urban strategist, is the ninth title in a series exploring urgent themes in city making. The book looks at the possibilities of reinventing our bureaucracies and making them simultaneously efficient and predictable, yet creative and humane. According to the authors, public bureaucracies across the globe face a converging, escalating crisis and they have fewer resources to respond to growing needs. Increasingly complex problems demand new ways of thinking and problem solving. To make this happen is less about technical innovation and more a shift in culture and social innovation, even through the digitizing world is providing vast opportunities for interaction. There is a massive, urgent task ahead for bureaucracies to help create a fairer, more equal world buttressed by incentives and a regulatory regime to match. We are in the midst of redesigning the world and all its systems. This needs a bureaucracy that can draw on all its ethical, creative and intellectual resources and reclaim a distinctive leadership role, but framed in a 21st century context. Decades of reform and challenge have enfeebled some parts of bureaucracies. There is a reservoir of hidden talent within the bureaucracy, and yet it can only be unleashed if the system changes.

For more information, please visit: www.charleslandry.com/