“We have it in our power to begin the world again.”
When Tom Loosemore, former deputy director of the UK digital service, stumbled upon this quote many years ago he found a different purpose for what he wanted to do with his life. After working with BBC for 7 years, he took upon the goal of redesigning the digital services for the British government institutions.
This is the first article in a blog series focused on the necessity of a digital transformation on the local government practices. As an Act 20 company, we want to partner with local initiatives that want to create solutions. We believe in the future of Puerto Rico. Next Tuesday, we are pleased to join Piloto 151 in the forum Dear Fiscal Board to discuss new possibilities for the island.
More than a financial crisis, the Puerto Rican government has an immediate crisis, one that has been a silent killer of the island for many years. The financial crisis is making headlines but there’s a toxic and unfortunate chaos that is being ignored. The government agencies are operating under a poor, mediocre and inefficient cycle, one that is costing the government more than money.
The agriculture community is making headlines in Puerto Rico. From all over the island people are finding ways to use their resources and empower the renaissance of an agriculture economy. Evidence shows that the past five years have proven to be a success thanks to entrepreneurs who are betting on fertile land to positively change the future.
As of November 2016, there were more than four hundred Act 20 decrees approved for operation in Puerto Rico. For a country that has not registered economic growth since 2006, this represents a new chance to recover from a seventy thousand million financial deficit.
As other countries like Australia and Costa Rica have used their natural and cultural resources to develop a sustainable tourism program. Puerto Rico is in the perfect moment to embark on a journey towards becoming a destination hub for the Caribbean.
Before the labor reform was approved, the job panorama in Puerto Rico was not a promising one. With the highest unemployment rate in the United States, people were hunting for the available positions, no matter their field.
Puerto Rican residents and the general media were not ecstatic to find out the, recently approved, employment reform resolutions did not include the public sector, which carries the biggest payroll of the government.
From the small town cafeteria that has been passed down for generations, to the young unexperienced aspiring entrepreneur that refuses to leave the island, and the new residents from different parts of the world; Puerto Rico has experienced substantial growth in the small business industry.
As a recent graduate that has navigated the job market, this is a topic that represents an opportunity for discussion. Completing a degree is a big achievement, one that you should be very proud of. Although, when the graduation date is drawing close there are two words that can vanish the excitement and those are, job hunting.