CrowdLaw as a tool for open governance

On March 13-17, 2018 The GovLab brought together two dozen crowdlaw experts from around the world to collaborate on developing new ways to include more and more diverse opinions and expertise at every stage of the law- and policy-making process. The convening was held at the Rockefeller Foundation’s famed Bellagio Center in Bellagio, Italy. This post […]

CrowdLaw: People-led Innovation in Urban Lawmaking

By Victoria Alsina Beginning today, the GovLab is organizing a three-day conference taking place in the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center located at the heart of Lake Como in Northern Italy. We start from the premise that crowdlaw, especially at the municipal level, could offer the potential for a two-way conversation that could channel more and […]

If You Build It, Will They Come? A Case for Demand-Driven Open Data

Anniversaries allow us to pause, reflect and consider plans for what can come next. The second annual NYC Open Data Week, taking place from March 3-10, 2018, provides a similar occasion for members of the burgeoning open data movement to take stock of the distance traveled and consider strategies for advancing to the next stage. […]

Where and when AI and CI meet: exploring the intersection of artificial and collective intelligence toward the goal of innovating how we govern

Stefaan Verhulst in the Journal AI and Society: “This paper seeks to explore the intersection of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Collective Intelligence (CI), within the context of innovating how we govern. It starts from the premise that advances in technology provide policy makers with two important new assets: data and connected people. The application of […]

New Wine And New Bottles: The Promise Of Research In The Age Of Big Data

Originally published in Forbes on February 20, 2018. Read the article here. A review of Bit by Bit: Social Research in the Digital Age, Matthew J. Salganik, Princeton University Press, 2017. 445 pp. The Promise of Research for Business Popular consumer web platforms use online controlled experiments known as A/B tests to compare the effect […]

The Open Governance Research eXchange (OGRX) expands to include 999 Papers and 18 Partners – Help us meet new milestones in 2018!

The Open Governance Research eXchange (OGRX) began with a few ideas and a few key partners seeking to develop answers and solutions to an important question: How to make  governance innovation more evidence based by making key findings on what works and why more accessible? An ever-changing landscape not only requires innovation in how we […]

City Challenges: Collaborative Governing for Public Problem Solving

By Beth Simone Noveck and Dinorah Cantú-Pedraza. Originally posted on Forbes. DesafiosSP: An Experiment in Collaborative Urban Governance City Councilmember Graciela Reyes was elected as one of Mexico’s first independent councillors for the Municipality of San Pedro, an affluent mid-sized community of about 150,000 outside the Mexican city of Monterrey about two hours from Texas. […]

Our Opportunity for More Data-Driven Nonprofit Program Evaluation

By Tracey Gyateng and Beth Simone Noveck. Posted originally in SSIR on January 24, 2018 Last November, the US House of Representatives unanimously passed the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2017 (HR 4174), and it looks slated to pass the Senate this year. In an era known for the absence of legislative consensus, this bipartisan bill […]

Congress Is Broken. CrowdLaw Could Help Fix It

Originally posted on Forbes on January 23, 2018. The government was closed for business this weekend. It is, thus, hardly any surprise that the American public lacks trust in its legislature. Just eight percent of people say they have a great deal of confidence in the institution, according to a recent poll. A late-night government shutdown, […]