The public sector can keep up with the increasingly rapid pace of change by acknowledging the challenges of megatrends and capitalizing on their opportunities. Social change can be tackled head on through automation and by skillfully integrating immigrants in the labor market. In terms of climate change, we not only need to reduce emissions, but also promote the use of renewable resources and use them more efficiently, and transition to a circular economy, all of which will require funding, infrastructure and incentives. At the same time, Switzerland must safeguard its status as an innovation leader, which will call for investments in infrastructure and technology and removing barriers within internal administrative structures. The more agile and flexible these are, the better and swifter the public sector can respond to changes in the political landscape.
We would like to thank Lara Saxer, Philip Stettler and Sebastian Torkisz for their valuable contributions to this article.