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Enhancing How Governments Assess Awareness of Zika

On August 31st, twenty-four experts from ten countries joined two dozen public officials from four Latin American countries in the first of six two-hour online conversations. In this first session, we focused on identifying novel strategies that governments can use to understand what different groups within the population do and do not understand about Zika. […]

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A Revolutionary Toolbox

By Luis Loria  “People who think about social change in traditional political terms cannot begin to imagine the changes that lie ahead. Conventional reformers cast their programs in terms of national policies, or in terms of laws and central planning. But in the end, what will shape the future is a creative potential that inheres […]

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Smarter Crowdsourcing for Zika

According to the World Health Organization, vectors, those living organisms that transmit diseases between humans or from animals to humans, such as mosquitos, account for more than 17% of all infectious diseases, causing more than 1 million deaths annually. Although than 2.5 billion people in over 100 countries are at risk of contracting Dengue alone, […]

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Data Driven Criminal Justice Projects Coaching Program: Online Mentoring to Support Public Interest Entrepreneurs

Repost from Jun 13, 2016 With a dramatic rise in the numbers in prison, there is bipartisan support – and a major White House push — for improving public safety while reducing incarceration and making our criminal justice system fairer. A key tool in the movement for criminal justice reform is the ability to use data […]

Data Driven Criminal Justice Projects Coaching Program Launches This Week: Online Mentoring to Support Public Interest Entrepreneurs

With a dramatic rise in the numbers in prison, there is bipartisan support – and a major White House push — for improving public safety while reducing incarceration and making our criminal justice system fairer. A key tool in the movement for criminal justice reform is the ability to use data to understand where problems […]

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Swipe right to fix the world: can Tinder-like tech match solutions to problems?

There is a proliferation of technology that helps us match talent with need. If privacy is protected in the process, this development could have a high impact Reprinted from The Guardian (Dec. 29, 2015) Everyday, millions of people use apps like Tinder to find a romantic match. What if governments used similar technology to match the […]

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What Citizens Can Teach Civil Servants About Open Government

Brazil’s largest city is embarking on an ambitious experiment to educate its public employees on the benefits of transparency. Reposted from Governing Magazine by Maria Hermossilla and Beth Simone Noveck An open government is one that is transparent, participatory and collaborative. But moving from traditional government operating behind closed doors to more open institutions, where civil servants […]

Hacking SkillFinder: How The World Bank’s Talent Network Can Reduce Poverty

C0-authored by Maria Paz Hermosilla In the mid-eighteenth century, Denis Diderot and Jean-Baptiste D’Alembert began publishing their twenty-eight volume encyclopedia with contributions from Enlightenment greats such as Rousseau, Montesquieu and Voltaire. The Encyclopédie endeavored to categorize and widely disseminate secular knowledge systematically in order to shift people’s thinking toward a secular Enlightenment worldview. It is […]

Participatory Democracy’s Emerging Tools

Reprinted from Governing Magazine With Arnaud Sahuguet As we explore the role of new technologies in changing how government makes policies and delivers services, one form of technology is emerging that has the potential to foster decision-making that’s not only more effective but also more legitimate: platforms for organizing communication by groups across a distance. […]

Sign Up for GovLab Academy Coaching Programs

Thanks to the generous support of the Knight Foundation, this term the Governance Lab Academy – a training program designed to promote civic engagement and innovation – is launching a series of coaching programs. Geared to the teams and individuals inside and outside of government planning to undertake a new project or trying to figure […]