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Seven design principles for using blockchain for social impact

2018 will probably be remembered as the bust of the blockchain hype. Yet even as crypto currencies continue to sink in value and popular interest, the potential of using blockchain technologies to achieve social ends remains important to consider but poorly understood. In 2019, business will continue to explore blockchain for sectors as disparate as […]

Reimagining Public-Private Partnerships

By Stefaan Verhulst and Andrew J. Zahuranec Four Shifts and Innovations in Sharing and Leveraging Private Assets and Expertise for the Public Good For years, public-private partnerships (PPPs) have promised to help governments do more for less. Yet, the discussion and experimentation surrounding PPPs often focus on outdated models and narratives, and the field of […]

The GovLab Launches The Living Library – A New Resource on Technology, Innovation and Governance

Today, the GovLab at NYU Tandon School of Engineering announced the launch of The Living Library – a new resource that seeks to inform those interested in and working at the intersection of technology, innovation, and governance. Specifically, the site includes thousands of curated pieces of content – ranging from journal articles and research papers, […]

“People-Led Innovation” – a Project from the GovLab and the Bertelsmann Foundation – to be Showcased at Paris Peace Forum

This Sunday, November 11, 2018, the GovLab and the Bertelsmann Foundation will join nearly 20,000 experts and practitioners from the fields of politics, economics, academia, media, and civil society for the inaugural Paris Peace Forum, to present their project: People-Led Innovation. The project, titled People-Led Innovation: Toward a Methodology for Solving Urban Problems in the […]

LAUNCH of New Platform and Field Report on Blockhange – Blockchain Technologies for Social Change

Blockchain technologies are a new form of data disclosure technologies that have received extensive coverage and attention because of their potential to transform (or “disrupt”) industry sectors – ranging from financial services and publishing to supply chain management and real-estate. Additionally, blockchain is increasingly believed to be capable of positively empowering underserved populations in a […]

Beyond demographics: How search engine data can enhance the understanding of determinants of suicide in India and inform prevention

Paper by Daniela Paolotti;  Elad Yom-Tov; Natalia Adler; Ciro Cattuto; Kyriaki Kalimeri; Michele Tizzoni; Stefaan Verhulst;  and Andrew Young in the Journal of Medical Internet Research: “India is home to 20% of the world’s suicide deaths. In India, and around the world, young people are especially at risk of suicide. While statistics regarding suicide in India are […]

The GovLab at NYU Tandon Announces Formation of Global Advisory Council

Organization Completes Fifth Year of Service and Looks to Expand Reach, Impact This press release was originally posted by the NYU Tandon School of Engineering on September 26, 2018. BROOKLYN, New York, September 26, 2018 – The Governance Lab (The GovLab) at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering announced the formation of a Global Advisory […]

Open Data Demand: Toward an Open Data Demand Assessment and Segmentation Methodology

Report by Stefaan Verhulst and Andrew Young: “Across the world, significant time and resources are being invested in making government data accessible to all with the broad goal of improving people’s lives.Evidence of open data’s impact—on improving governance, empowering citizens, creating economic opportunity, and solving public problems—is emerging and is largely encouraging. Yet much of the […]

The GovLab Index: Open Data – 2018 Edition

By Alexandra Shaw, Michelle Winowatan, Andrew Young, and Stefaan Verhulst Please find below the latest installment in The GovLab Index series, inspired by Harper’s Index. “The GovLab Index: Open Data 2018” provides an update to our previous Open Data installments: The GovLab Index: Open Data, (Updated and Expanded of 2013, The GovLab Index: Open Data […]

The Future of Democracy Lecture Series

Public trust in the government remains near historic lows. Only 18% of Americans say they trust the government in Washington to do what is right.  The lack of trust extends to democracy as well as government: another study finds that one-quarter of millennials say that “choosing leaders through free elections is unimportant.” With the rise […]