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Gathering power for AI in municipalities and civil society

The Riksdag has decided that Sweden should be the best in the world at using the possibilities of digitization. In the digital journey of change that the whole society is now undergoing, artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the most transformative technologies. We consider this to be an opportunity for municipalities and civil society that deserves special focus.

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Welfare's challenges pose eligibility requirements for radical innovation in terms of the design of future public services and how they are produced. Used in the right way, digitization offers opportunities to create an efficient and innovative welfare system that meets the needs of citizens.

Digitization in welfare has been going on for decades, where AI is a new technological element. New technology creates additional needs for competence and abilities in welfare organizations. Expectations for the public sector to be able to deliver even better and more efficient welfare, with the societal challenges that Sweden faces, are high.

DIGG has calculated that a complete introduction of today's AI technology in public administration could mean a financial benefit for society of SEK 140 billion annually.The municipalities are responsible for most of the welfare, but civil society is also an important player in the work to develop it. The possibility of new values, increased quality and efficiency for better welfare and social benefit with the help of AI can be found in all areas related to municipal activities: from care, care and school to public transport, administration and urban planning.

Civil society organizations also have great opportunities to take on new challenges with the help of AI and conduct more efficient and (legally) secure activities. They have good opportunities to become a trusted and innovative player in the collection and use of data based on, at their core, high trust capital among citizens. The issue of AI is brought up to date within civil society, among other things, through sector-wide strategy work in the years 20/21. (NEW).

One of their conclusions is that:

Civil society has good opportunities to develop and create great value for themselves and for all residents of Sweden by using AI and the possibilities of digitization.

Based on the needs and opportunities described above, it is central that municipalities and civil society organizations strengthen their capacity and ability for innovation and insightful priorities in the AI area. It is only when the whole of Sweden can advance its positions in digital development that the whole of society can take part in the greatest benefits.

Both DIGG, Statistiska centralbyrån and SKR note that there are several challenges to realizing the benefits of AI. In order to successfully drive development forward, everything from knowledge support and change management to technical resources is needed. There is also a need for more widespread collaboration and more of a common direction where important questions and needs related to AI can be solved jointly.

Based on the above, Vinnova has decided to implement a multi-year effort with the goal of stimulating and strengthening the capacity and ability of municipalities and civil society to take advantage of the opportunities with artificial intelligence. We call it Gathering Power for AI in municipalities and civil society and it is carried out in collaboration with AI Sweden.

The force collection is a complement to other efforts by the government and other authorities aimed at the public sector and civil society and takes place in collaboration with DIGG (The Agency for Digital Administration), MUFC (The Agency for Youth and Civil Society Affairs) and SKR (Sveriges Kommuner and Regions).

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  • Welfare's challenges pose eligibility requirements for radical innovation in terms of the design of future public services and how they are produced. Used in the right way, digitization provides opportunities to create an efficient and innovative welfare system that meets the needs of citizens.

    Welfare's challenges pose eligibility requirements for radical innovation in terms of the design of future public services and how they are produced. Used in the right way, digitization provides opportunities to create an efficient and innovative welfare system that meets the needs of citizens.

    Digitization in welfare has been going on for decades, where AI is a new technological element. New technology creates additional needs for competence and abilities in welfare organizations. Expectations for the public sector to be able to deliver even better and more efficient welfare, with the societal challenges that Sweden faces, are high.

    DIGG has calculated that a complete introduction of today's AI technology in public administration could mean a financial benefit for society of SEK 140 billion annually.The municipalities are responsible for most of the welfare, but civil society is also an important player in the work to develop it. The possibility of new values, increased quality and efficiency for better welfare and social benefit with the help of AI can be found in all areas related to municipal activities: from care, care and school to public transport, administration and urban planning.

    Civil society organizations also have great opportunities to take on new challenges with the help of AI and conduct more efficient and (legally) secure activities. They have good opportunities to become a trusted and innovative player in the collection and use of data based on, at their core, high trust capital among citizens. The issue of AI is brought up to date within civil society, among other things, through sector-wide strategy work in the years 20/21. (NEW).

    One of their conclusions is that:

    Civil society has good opportunities to develop and create great value for themselves and for all residents of Sweden by using AI and the possibilities of digitization.

    Based on the needs and opportunities described above, it is central that municipalities and civil society organizations strengthen their capacity and ability for innovation and insightful priorities in the AI area. It is only when the whole of Sweden can advance its positions in digital development that the whole of society can take part in the greatest benefits.

    Both DIGG, Statistiska centralbyrån and SKR note that there are several challenges to realizing the benefits of AI. In order to successfully drive development forward, everything from knowledge support and change management to technical resources is needed. There is also a need for more widespread collaboration and more of a common direction where important questions and needs related to AI can be solved jointly.

    Based on the above, Vinnova has decided to implement a four-year effort with the goal of stimulating and strengthening the capacity and ability of municipalities and civil society to take advantage of the opportunities with artificial intelligence. We call it Gathering Power for AI in municipalities and civil society and it is carried out in collaboration with AI Sweden.

    The force collection is a complement to other efforts by the government and other authorities aimed at the public sector and civil society and takes place in collaboration with DIGG (The Agency for Digital Administration), MUFC (The Agency for Youth and Civil Society Affairs) and SKR (Sveriges Kommuner and Regions).

  • The power collection consists of tools, support and cooperation. Within the framework of the investment, AI Sweden will support municipalities and organizations in civil society in a number of different ways in the practical implementation for at least four years.

    The power collection consists of tools, support and cooperation. Within the framework of the investment, AI Sweden will support municipalities and organizations in civil society in a number of different ways in the practical implementation for at least four years.

    A central part consists of creating a platform for collaboration and exchange of experience between municipalities. Here there are great synergy effects to bring home, because the needs of one municipality often recur in many of the country's other 289. Civil society in turn consists of many different types of organizations, but we also believe here that there are many common challenges to learn from and share experiences from.

    In concrete terms, the support from AI Sweden will span a wide field: It will, among other things, be about training, helping to find suitable areas of use for AI and creating opportunities for learning and dialogue. On AI Sweden's website and their other channels, you can get more information about what is concretely offered as it is built up.

    In order for the work to have the greatest imaginable effect, it is valuable that as many municipalities and actors from civil society as possible get involved in the gathering of forces. The decisive factor is not whether you use AI today, the decisive factor is whether you are curious about how the business can utilize a completely new toolbox.

  • Funding opportunities from Vinnova also create conditions for putting ideas into practice. During three periods, it will be possible to apply for funds for concrete development projects, and in addition there will be a call for proposals tailored to produce shareable resources and solutions.

    Funding opportunities from Vinnova also create conditions for putting ideas into practice. During three periods, it will be possible to apply for funds for concrete development projects, and in addition there will be a call for proposals tailored to produce shareable resources and solutions.

    Vinnova's planned calls for proposals within the framework of the venture

    • Start your AI journey: For organizational learning and practical use of artificial intelligence. One-year pilot projects are financed through two identical calls for proposals which are open May - September 2022 and 2023 respectively.
    • Support for scale-up projects. Financial support for AI solutions in the early commercial phase that have the potential to scale widely within the target group. The call for proposals is planned to be announced during the winter of 2022/2023 and close in the spring of 2023.
    • Support for shared resources and solutions. Financial support for collaborative projects where several municipalities and/or civil society organizations come together to create jointly valuable resources and solutions. The call for proposals is planned to be open from October 2023 to January 2024.
  • The collection of forces lasts for at least four years and has four basic objective. It is best seen as a broad set of different efforts and values that the target group can adopt according to their own needs and interests. The pool of power must be valuable to all organizations regardless of AI maturity, size and available resources.

    The collection of forces lasts for at least four years and has four basic objective. It is best seen as a broad set of different efforts and values that the target group can adopt according to their own needs and interests. The pool of power must be valuable to all organizations regardless of AI maturity, size and available resources.

    1. Increasing AI maturity of the target audience

    The collection of forces should support the target group's maturation journey from interest and initial learning to a higher maturity based on practical experience, work with technical infrastructure and data and organizational ability.

    2. Active cooperation and coordination

    The target group must be given the opportunity for forums and tools for collaboration and concrete collaboration. The gathering of forces must also enable improved regional and national coordination around issues and needs of strategic importance for the target group so that common priorities can be set and implemented.

    3. Building up and making structural capital available

    AI Sweden must, in collaboration with the target group and supporting actors, work to ensure that the experience, knowledge and other values that are created are converted into structural capital that is made available to the entire target group in the form of articles, guides, policy proposals, use cases, tools, etc.

    4. Synergies with the entire AI ecosystem

    The gathering of forces must create the conditions for the target group's work with AI to take place in the best possible synergy with the entire AI ecosystem and the rest of society - from industry and startups to academia, authorities and regions.

  • Kraftsamlingen is a collaboration between Vinnova and AI Sweden. Vinnova is responsible for calls for proposals and project financing, while AI Sweden runs the actual assembly and its communication.

    Kraftsamlingen is a collaboration between Vinnova and AI Sweden. Vinnova is responsible for calls for proposals and project financing, while AI Sweden runs the actual assembly and its communication.

    The investment takes place in collaboration with DIGG (The Agency for Digital Administration), MUFC (The Agency for Youth and Civil Society Affairs) and SKR (Sveriges Kommuner and Regions). The power gathering is coordinated by a reference group in which all five organizations are included.

    • Fredrik Weisner is responsible for the power collection at Vinnova.
    • Viktoria Josefsson is the AI Swedens programme manager.
    • Rebecka Lönnroth is the AI Swedens project manager.
  • There are many ways to take part and get involved in the gathering of forces, regardless of which organization you belong to or what role you have. We look forward to an increasing number of organizations contributing knowledge and activities to the pool of forces.

    There are many ways to take part and get involved in the gathering of forces, regardless of which organization you belong to or what role you have. We look forward to an increasing number of organizations contributing knowledge and activities to the pool of forces.

    The best way to gain visibility is by visiting the AI Swedens website for the venture and following them via newsletter and on linked in. AI Sweden has a mobilizing and coordinating role and will increasingly make available information and advertise initiatives in the coming months.

    You can also benefit from joining the AI Swedens online service My AI. My AI is a community for sharing and collaborating on use cases and domain knowledge in AI. A growing number of municipalities and civil society organizations have joined and are sharing what they are doing, what they can do and what they want to do. It is an excellent platform for finding inspiration, activities and collaboration partners.

    Vinnova will announce the calls for proposals in good time on Vinnova.se and we will organize information meetings in connection with them.

Questions?

Fredrik Weisner

Operations manager for the power collection

+46 8 473 31 80

Last updated 25 January 2023

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