Japan’s swift fall from economic glory has mystified more than a few. Looked at it from one perspective, though, it makes a lot of sense.
Suppose we broke out of the box and tried something new?
Manitoba Telecom Services, formerly a crown-owned telephone company, recently caused much hullabaloo when it applied to raise the rates for local service by 40% over five years.
Christopher Sarlo, a professor at Nipissing University, has carved out an interesting academic niche by measuring living standards in Canada. His most recent research confirms that Canadians are doing very well in improving their material well being.
On a sleepy summer day two weeks ago, Winnipeg’s City Council quietly instructed its staff to prepare a report on the “Indianapolis Model” of managed competition. Can our elected officials break out of the box of old thinking?
Not that long ago, centralized economies were all the rage. Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister, said it best: “The idea of planning and a planned society is accepted now in varying degrees by everyone.” He then led his country through a generation of economic stagnation
From top to bottom, Sunnyvale’s high-performance government has learned to evaluate every service its 750 employees perform. The results speak for themselves: high-quality services delivered at low cost to customers, financial stability and a satisfied electorate. All of this without cutting programs or eliminating staff.