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 […]

NEW REPORT: Identifying Citizens’ Needs by Combining Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Collective Intelligence (CI)

Identifying Citizens’ Needs by Combining AI and CI Around the world, public leaders are seeking new ways to better understand the needs of their citizens, and subsequently improve governance, and how we solve public problems. The approaches proposed toward changing public engagement tend to focus on leveraging two innovations. The first involves artificial intelligence (AI), […]

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 […]

Before training public servants, you must educate yourself

This article was written by Beth Simone Noveck and Jason Williams-Bellamy. This is the second in a series by the Governance Lab on training 21st century public sector leaders. This article was also posted on Apolitical. Audit Scotland, which monitors government spending, recently found that the Scottish government was not delivering on its ambitious digital strategy. The […]

GovLab: How to train and teach for 21st century public leadership

This opinion article was written by Beth Noveck, Professor in Technology, Culture and Society and Director of the Governance Lab at New York University. For more like this, see our government innovation newsfeed. This article was also published on Apolitical. Find out more here. Public institutions are often inefficient, inflexible and dysfunctional. There is a […]