What is experimental culture?

Bold piloting helps change the way things are done

Experimental approaches break up broad-based and complex challenges into smaller wholes suitable for piloting. At the same time, they help grassroots experimenting to reform the whole society. One of the cornerstones in finding new ways of doing things is then to generate a predisposition to an experimental culture.        

Trials and smaller experiments serve to generate innovative solutions that can improve services, accelerate deregulation, cut red tape, revamp decision-making procedures and foster job creation and entrepreneurship.

Piloting helps forge new forms of cooperation between the public and private sectors alongside the civil society. An agile and innovative society is not born in a void – we need to find a way of working together on all fronts.

What is experimenting and piloting?

Policy trials and pilots invariably have an objective that is tested on a limited group of people and in a given context, it has a clear beginning and end, and it generates new information that can be used in other decision-making contexts.

Experimenting makes it possible to anticipate and test the usefulness of the measures before they are introduced into broader use. If a new way of doing something fails to work in the pilot stage, that in itself is a result. A good pilot serves its purpose well by for example improving services and bringing cost savings.