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Setting the institutional agenda for the FI PPP

FI PPP aims at grasping the challenges in the areas of technology, business, society and governance, in order to secure the future development of the networked society of tomorrow. The Programme creates technological assets, conceptualizations, and business models of products and services, which will contribute to the wellbeing of both business and citizens.

In this exploratory and creative work, the FI PPP will encounter certain nodes, in which arise important issues, which need intervention from the public or political system. The Programme itself, and its partners are involved in creating the agenda of what topics we shall and must discuss, as much as they are involved in the discussion itself. The aim is to promote ideas, which enable the Programme to reach its targets. Such a discussion can be coined as ‘institutional agenda design’.

Institutional agenda design means the setting of an agenda for issues which might raise awareness in the future and will need attention and action from the institutional processes of a community. The discussion and elaboration of the agenda is a process, in which different stakeholders – political and representative bodies, corporations, business associations, lobbyists, pressure groups, citizens and individuals – take part. The process integrates demands of various groups in a society into a common discussion and decision making agenda.

Different types of agenda and different perspectives are distinguished. The public agenda consist of issues which have achieved a high level of public interest and visibility. The formal agenda is a list of items which decision makers have formally accepted for consideration. From the business perspective institutional agenda design means participation in a process in which interaction is structured and institutionalized, as in the case of a formal government bill, following a certain procedure; and/or the issues relate to social, political and legal arenas – although being an important stakeholder – are beyond the direct control and impact mechanisms of the Market or a private enterprise.

From the FI PPP point of view, one of the critical tasks is to identify common issues which will need political consideration within a larger set of initiatives and by a wider group of institutional decision makers. At the Programme level it is also important to reflect FI PPP projects’ expected outcomes and identify crossroads, where need for societal of political intervention is of increased importance and urgency. Additionally important is to define what kind of political response and what kind polity is needed to answer the above mentioned identified need for political intervention.

Only in concert and collaboration, with carefully practiced issues management, we can support the policy and regulatory side of our work to match the high standards expected from the FI PPP.

Jukka Mattila

CONCORD

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