Can the private sector solve public policy issues the government cannot? Garrett Johnson, co-founder of Lincoln Network, sat down with Bold TV to addresses this question. Garrett has cited the failure of the government to successfully launch Healthcare.gov as a case study for the private sector–in this case Google–stepping in to quickly fix a public problem.
Through its new Lincoln Deployed service, Lincoln Network provides freedom-focused civic organizations and individuals with the resources they need to innovate. These technical tools include Web design, analytics, user research studies, product development, marketing and more.
One of the groups Lincoln Deployed consulted is Donors Trust, a civic group committed to liberty. Lincoln Deployed helped launch Donors Trust’s newest organization, Novus Society, that focuses on young, philanthropic professionals. The non-profit fund has already granted more than $1 billion to liberty-advancing charities.
Lincoln Network has helped both policymakers and businesses to initiate change. Garrett said Google, Facebook, and Slack employees who want to create change often tell Lincoln: “I’m not going to work full time for the government and take a massive pay cut, but I want to figure out how I can use my skill set to solve real government problems.”
Garrett added that while we have brilliant, competent people working for the government, it is “built to be slow and inefficient.” He said the real way to achieve change is to form symbiotic relationships between the private and public sectors. Lincoln Network can help deliver results by empowering both government agencies and non-profits with “the best technology available.”
Specifically, Lincoln Network hopes to use new technology to create jobs in failing industries. For example, Garrett said there is a lot of room for innovation in the coal industry.
“[We take] people that are hard working…[and] have all the capacity in the world to live very productive lives; but perhaps need a new skill set. How do we ensure that they and their children are participating in the innovation economy?…We engage policymakers in this conversation so that we are ahead of the curve.”
Garrett said he hopes that Lincoln Deployed can provide opportunities for private and public professionals to find common ground. Given the polarized America we live in today, perhaps a unified attitude toward solving pervasive issues can help tackle our society’s most pressing challenges.
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