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Audrey Tang for The New York Times: A Strong Democracy Is a Digital Democracy

This article was written by Audrey Tang, the Digital Minister of Taiwan, and was originally published in The New York Times on October 15, 2019. Democracy improves as more people participate. And digital technology remains one of the best ways to improve participation — as long as the focus is on finding common ground and creating […]

Raw data won’t solve our problems – asking the right questions will

This article was written by Stefaan G. Verhulst, co-founder of The GovLab, for Apolitical.  “If I had only one hour to save the world, I would spend fifty-five minutes defining the questions, and only five minutes finding the answers,” is a famous aphorism attributed to Albert Einstein. Behind this quote is an important insight about human […]

Reinventing how the public service works

This article was written by Maria Katsonis, Research Editor, The Mandarin. It was originally published on The Mandarin on August 20, 2019. There is a pervasive sense that governments are not doing as well as they should to solve our biggest policy problems. This failure to meet our most pressing challenges with yesterday’s public sector toolkit is […]

Today’s problems, yesterday’s toolkit: new report pinpoints the public problem solving skills gap

This article was originally published on August 14, 2019 on The Mandarin by the Mandarin staff journalists. A new report says public servants are being asked to solve today’s public problems with yesterday’s toolkit, and has proposed three focus areas to fix the skill gap and enable more public servants to become public entrepreneurs. The report, published […]

Politics with Michelle Grattan: on the ‘creeping crisis’ in the public service

  This piece was written by Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra, and was originally published on The Conversation. Scott Morrison has voiced his intention to shake up the federal public service – seeking to make it more efficient in implementing the government’s agenda. A review of the public service led by David Thodey is now finished. Meanwhile, […]

To restore trust in government, we need to reinvent how the public service works

This article was written by Beth Simone Noveck and Rod Glover, Professor and Director, Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Monash University. It was originally published on The Conversation. Around the world, the most informed and effective public servants are changing the way they develop policy and services. Australian public servants are eager to do the same, but their […]

Govern for America Trains New Generation of Public Sector Innovators

Sunday, June 9, marked the beginning of the inaugural Govern for America (GfA) Summer Institute. Govern for America is a nonprofit organization which “builds the pipeline into public service by connecting high-potential recent graduates to high-impact roles in state governments through a two-year fellowship program.” The Fellowship recruits recent college graduates to, upon completion of […]

Data & Policy: An open access peer-reviewed publication venue exploring Policy-Data Interaction

Co-founder and Chief Research and Development Officer, Stefaan Verhulst, is an Editor-in-Chief of the new Data & Policy journal. The press release announcing the launch of the journal (originally published here) is copied below. Today we announce the launch of a new open access and peer-reviewed journal: Data & Policy. Aimed at a growing global community of […]

The GovLab at NYU Tandon announces the 100 Questions Initiative

Sourcing 100 questions on key societal challenges that can be answered by data insights BROOKLYN, New York, Wednesday, May 29, 2019 — The Governance Lab at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering announced the launch of the 100 Questions Initiative — an effort to identify the most important societal questions whose answers can be found in data and data […]

Open Justice: Public Entrepreneurs Learn to Use New Technology to Increase the Efficiency, Legitimacy, and Effectiveness of the Judiciary

Open justice is a growing movement to leverage new technologies – including big data, digital platforms, blockchain and more – to improve legal systems by making the workings of courts easier to understand, scrutinize and improve. Through the use of new technology, open justice innovators are enabling greater efficiency, fairness, accountability and a reduction in […]