Is Silicon Valley eating the government?
As the iconic tech giants of Silicon Valley mature, and become pervasive in our lives, so too their influence is expanding from a cultural, ideological and increasingly civic standpoint. They're moving in to infrastructure, schools, education, public transport, applying a 'disruptive lens' to reinvent these, while using bigger bolder altruistic rhetoric to glamorize their mission. Meanwhile their influence on government continues to grow — the hiring crossover between the two, being one example. The US Government is staging its own SXSW on the White House lawn, in a bid to visibly connect itself to the glamor of the tech world. What does this mean for the long-term future? Especially as they try to take their 'change the world' idyll to international markets. Is it imperialism? Should they be able to innovate, then apologize? Doubtless this group have created a exciting narrative around what they do, and solving world problems — but how much of it is real? And does the government need a PR overhaul to remain relevant in the eyes of a millennial generation whom Disruption is more compelling than Due Diligence?