Barcelona's Bold Procurement Program

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Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
7/13/2014 8:07:46 PM
User Rank City Slicker
Re: Lets still have the conversation
Terry, perhaps contract language is changing to make governments more flexible. This RFP innovation is a few steps beyond adopt a park or a City-Private partnership. Change and new processes can make a difference of financial success to a city which in turn allows Unions to obtain better benefits for City employees.

Susan Leach
Susan Leach  
7/3/2014 6:24:43 AM
User Rank Blogger
Cool concept...
What a great idea, particularly the bigger picture of boosting local innovators and helping spread their solutions to other cities if they win the bid. Thanks for bringing it to our attention, Boyd. 

As a Barcelona resident, it was interesting to hear what was on the city's list. Bike thefts are a healthy business here, so I'm glad that's getting attention. Reducing social isolation is a global issue and maybe Barcelona will be a leader. The others seem like more conventional city issues: monitoring pedestrian flow, getting alerts about bad road surfaces, increasing local commerces use of tech....

Just one question, how long to companies have to respond to the innovation request? Is it longer than a conventional RFP?

7/2/2014 7:44:10 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Lets still have the conversation
The plan does seem like a good one. But, if our area is any indication of what happens in lots of other places, the bid writers have such a vested interest in getting nods from their higher ups that the very specific requirements are almost always suited to meet the anticipated bidder's current capabilities and brands sold and for quick choosing among the lowest bidders for the awards. That way no one can complain they think.

Terry Sweeney
Terry Sweeney  
7/1/2014 4:34:40 PM
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Lets still have the conversation
I love the premise of your idea, Boyd... but government employees (and their unions reps) are going to flatten this plan against the wall like an annoying housefly. It makes government employees less relevant, less useful, and not worth their salaries if they just throw open RFPs and tell respondents, "Go innovate."

That doesn't mean there shouldn't be a broader conversation around the underlying objectives or strategy of a municipal plan to transition to EVs, for example. Citizens, elected officials, lifelong government employees, and subject-matter experts should hash through these complexities in true, democratic fashion.

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