Policy2050.com provides business news and analysis. We seek to influence the future of tech policy and business strategy in order to bring about a sustainable, fair, and vibrant economy.
It’s time to rethink the think tank.
For nearly 200 years, policy institutes have tried to bring a more scientific understanding to important causes. However, restrictive ideologies, layers of bureaucracy, and the need to pursue funding sometimes negatively affected the credibility of that scholarly research. In addition, the most important causes have changed significantly under the influence of technology.
New transportation technologies present opportunities to fundamentally transform mobility, facilitating access to jobs and securing supply chains that are especially critical in times of crisis. The digitization, augmentation, and automation of all sectors in the economy likewise presents opportunities for efficiency and consumer benefit.
The spirit of Silicon Valley is largely premised on intellectual problem-solving, the creation or unlocking of novel value, and a high tolerance for risk in the pursuit of great change and reward. In all areas of innovation, however, there are unacceptable risks that need to be mitigated.
Digital activities and transformations could be further enhanced, or safeguarded, through sustainable, secure, and equitable practices.
Policy2050 is dedicated to this future of tech policy and business strategy. It’s premised on the idea that businesses are taking on an increasingly global role and majorly impacting people’s lives, not unlike governments. As a direct consequence, consumer rights and civil rights are becoming blurred. Governments have always had social responsibility. Now business leaders do as well.
Policy2050 will highlight the ethical implications and societal opportunities associated with modern innovation, circulate those findings among business leaders, and strive to keep the most socially-relevant insights outside of any paywall. As the 2050 date suggests, our primary product is forward-thinking analysis, inclusive of market research, management consulting, and policy guidance.
This endeavor will focus on sectors that are presently undergoing major, technological disruption, such as transportation and media/telecom. We will also explore fundamental aspects of society, where increased innovation could potentially improve outcomes, such as healthcare and education.
- To become a trusted resource for journalists and policymakers, to continually earn that trust by delivering the finest analysis, and to offset the investigative resources that journalists lost as the result of news media cuts.
- To leverage relationships, clarity of purpose, and innate human decency as a means of releasing information that is currently “trapped” within limited industry and academic circles.
- To turn that newly public information into clearly distilled and actionable insights.
- To be impact-first in all of these efforts, aligning the actionable insights with the relevant action-takers.
Digital media is the new catalyst for change. Digital metrics are certainly one way of assessing organizational and societal impact but a preoccupation with the wrong metrics can cause leaders to avoid necessary risk and conflict, ultimately becoming reactive instead of proactive. Popularity shouldn’t be conflated with truth and quality. As any digital marketer in the business world knows, influencing the right people in the right way at the right time is more impactful than “spray and pray.”
Without the right strategy in place, analysis and truth loses its impact.
David Pring-Mill is a consultant to tech startups, NGOs, and political causes. He has also written extensively about new technologies and their political implications, for publications such as The National Interest, SingularityHub, DMN, and TechHQ. He has been quoted in Forbes, CNBC, NBC News, Business Insider, and USA Today.
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