A new guide commissioned by Ericsson is designed to help policy-makers to navigate the best route in the transition to the Networked Society.
Transforming to a Networked Society

Ericsson commissioned widely-respected academic Nagy K. Hanna to co-develop the guide, which is aimed at policy makers setting out on the transformational journey that leads to the Networked Society, in which everything that can benefit from being connected will be connected.

The guide is co-authored by Rene Summer, Director Government and Industry Relations, Ericsson, and he explains the thinking behind it.

"The Networked Society is all about the transformative amplification of societies’ capabilities to shape their physical, economic, social, and intellectual environments to their own ends," he says. "This is a process of fundamental structural change, a shift to a new techno-economic, ICT-enabled paradigm, and it is an opportunity that cannot be availed of in a vacuum.

"One good way to empower this transformative process is to develop a guide that can help policy makers navigate the best path for their journey. This is not a simple task, and the contribution that Ericsson is making is rooted in ambitions that are both constructive and humble."

Summer went on to say that benefitting fully from this transformation requires sound public policy making that shapes and determines the socio-economic gains that can be achieved.

"The capacity of policy-makers to orchestrate this ICT-enabled transformation is of great strategic significance. It puts them in a unique position, and gives them a unique responsibility."

To help policy-makers in the their efforts to negotiate the best path to the Networked Society, Ericsson commissioned academic Nagy K. Hanna, who has over 40 years of experience in the field of technological transformation, to develop and write a guide for the leaders charged with this task.

"Most countries are still in the early stages of their transformation journey and have much to learn from within, from each other, and particularly from the pioneers," Hanna says. "While the journey is going to be demanding and full of both uncertainty and discovery, it is necessary that we harness the ongoing technological revolution to realize the potential of aspiring nations.

"Some technologies may be leapfrogged, but local capacity – at the individual, governmental, institutional and societal levels – to master the ICT-enabled transformation process has to be learned. Mastering this process will likely be the defining core competency of the 21st century."

Summer echoed Hanna’s sentiments.

"At the core of effective and sustained transformation is the institutional and societal mastery of innovations that are causing broad and deep socio-technical change," Summer says. "By using this guide, policy makers can become change agents and then become masters of digital transformation.

"But no guide can compensate for a lack of transformational political leadership. There is a real need for leaders who can envision and communicate a desirable future and also facilitate cooperation, mobilize resources and build consensus for long-term action."

The guide will play a major role in Ericsson’s efforts to reach out to policy makers around the world by sharing the knowledge of successful paths to transformation.

If you are interested in finding out more you can get your copy of the guide, "Transforming to a Networked Society – a Guide for Policy Makers" here – prospective buyers can preview the contents of the book on Amazon.

Your purchase will also support the Swedish Child Cancer Foundation – the authors’ royalties are donated to this charity and their donations will also be matched by the company.

About the authors

Principal author Nagy K. Hanna is a writer, educator, speaker, and global expert on digital transformation and innovation strategies.

Visiting professor at Wits University and board member of the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies, he has 40 years of experience advising countries and aid agencies on digital economy, e-transformation policies and strategies, e-government, e-leadership institutions, knowledge services industry, public sector reform and governance, and innovation-driven development.

Hanna held key positions at the World Bank for over 30 years, as well as publishing over 100 papers and book chapters, and authoring 20 books.

Contributing author Rene Summer is a Director of Government and Industry Relations at Ericsson Group.

His global responsibilities include national ICT strategy, media/content regulation, copyright, media convergence, and data protection. Summer has also served as a special advisor by government appointment on numerous occasions.