Solving Urban Challenges Through People-Led Innovation

More and more people live in urban settings. At the same time, and often resulting from the growing urban population, cities worldwide are increasingly confronted with complex environmental, social, and economic shocks and stresses. When seeking to develop adequate and sustainable responses to these challenges, cities are realizing that traditional methods and existing resources often […]

The GovLab Selected Readings on Data, Gender, and Mobility

By Michelle Winowatan, Andrew Young, and Stefaan Verhulst As part of an ongoing effort to build a knowledge base for the field of opening governance by organizing and disseminating its learnings, the GovLab Selected Readings series provides an annotated and curated collection of recommended works on key opening governance topics. This selection of readings is […]

The Social Dynamics of Open Data

New (Open Access) Book by Francois van Schalkwyk, Stefaan Verhulst, Gustavo Magalhaes, Juan Pane & Johanna Walker (eds): “The Social Dynamics of Open Data is a collection of peer reviewed papers presented at the 2nd Open Data Research Symposium (ODRS) held in Madrid, Spain, on 5 October 2016. Research is critical to developing a more rigorous and fine-combed […]

Book Review: How to Mobilize Group Intelligence

Cross-posted from Nature (vol 551) Nov 30, 2017 Beth Simone Noveck reviews Geoff Mulgan’s new book, Big Mind: How collective intelligence can change our world Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 14, Dana Lewis got used to hassle: using a portable glucose monitor to measure her blood sugar levels, and then calculating […]

Solving Public Problems with Data: Empowering Public Entrepreneurs to Use Data in Their Everyday Work

By Dinorah Cantú-Pedraza and Sam DeJohn This month, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2017 (HR 4174). In a year distinctive for the absence of legislative consensus, this bipartisan bill was based on the recommendation of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking whose 15 expert members declared in […]

Legislature 2.0: CrowdLaw and the Future of Lawmaking

By Beth Noveck, Gabriella Capone and Victoria Alsina Re-Imagining Lawmaking With rates of trust in government at all-time lows, the legitimacy and effectiveness of traditional representative models of lawmaking, typically dominated by political party agendas and conducted by professional staff and politicians working behind largely closed doors, are called into question. But technology offers the […]

The GovLab Selected Readings on CrowdLaw

Introduction The public is beginning to demand — and governments are beginning to provide — new opportunities for the engagement of citizens on an ongoing basis as collaborators in public problem-solving rather than merely as voters. Nowhere is the explosion in citizen participation accelerating more than in the context of lawmaking, where legislators and regulators […]

NEW book: Open Data in Developing Economies: Toward Building an Evidence Base on What Works and How

Yesterday, we launched in Washington DC our latest (open access) book on “Open Data in Developing Economies: Toward Building an Evidence Base on What Works and How“. Publisher African Minds “Recent years have witnessed considerable speculation about the potential of open data to bring about wide-scale transformation. The bulk of existing evidence about the impact […]

Beyond Protest: Examining the Decide Madrid Platform for Public Engagement

Introduction Recently, Pablo Soto Bravo, Madrid City Council Member, computer programmer and the city’s lead for public engagement, spoke at an event in New York on “Restoring Trust in Government” on the occasion of the United Nations General Assembly. “Why should we trust government,” he asked, adding “the people don’t trust governments…they’re right not to […]

Blockchange: Blockchain Technologies for Social Change

The GovLab is pleased to announce the launch of a new initiative seeking to assess the potential of blockchain technologies for social change, or “Blockchange.” With support from the Rockefeller Foundation, we will seek to: Map Blockchange practices as it relates to providing trusted digital identity, including an assessment of enabling challenges and risks; Identify […]