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Solving Public Problems with Collective Intelligence: how institutions and crowds can work together

By Matt Ryan, Senior Fellow, The GovLab Beth Simone Noveck, Director, The GovLab Peter Baeck, Head of the Center for Collective Intelligence Design, Nesta Around the globe there is increasing recognition that the traditional ways of solving public problems are insufficient for the challenges of the 21st century.  Political leaders, policy makers and service providers at […]

Open science policies in Europe: Adapting science to the 21st century

On Wednesday, November 20, The GovLab presents its next ideas lunch featuring Jean-Claude Burgelman. RSVP link here: About this Event Drawing on his experiences as the Open Access Envoy of the European Commission Directorate General for Research and Innovation, Jean-Claude Burgelman will discuss the potential of open science during this Ideas Lunch. Burgelman, who developed […]

Big Data, Big Impact? The Future of Gender-Sensitive Data Systems

On Tuesday, November 12, join Data2X and The GovLab for a daylong convening exploring the intersection of big data, gender equality, and decision making. RSVP link: About this Event Space is limited. For those who are attending the event in person, you must register through this page for security purposes. For those who cannot attend in […]

Linked democracy: Foundations, Tools and Applications

By Marta Poblet — Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia, Pompeu Casanovas — La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, and Víctor Rodríguez-Doncel — Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain   In May 1989, Tim Berners-Lee shared a paper with colleagues at CERN that proposed “hypertext” as a solution to address the problem of “information loss.” As he […]

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 […]