GovLab Blog Ideas Lunch

Crowdsourcing a Meeting of Minds: Designing the Future of Work

As far as labor revolutions go, crowdsourcing may not seem like such a groundbreaking concept. But according to Michael Bernstein, assistant professor of computer science at Stanford University, crowdsourcing and computation have the potential to revolutionize the way we work and share skills. Bernstein visited the GovLab this month as part of our Ideas Lunch […]

Participatory Budgeting and Civic Innovation in the Digital Age

In the latest edition of The GovLab’s Ideas Lunch series, Dr. Hollie Russon Gilman, the author of Democracy Reinvented: Participatory Budgeting and Civic Innovation in America, explained the concept of Participatory Budgeting (PB), its advantages and various different examples of its implementation in the United States and around the world. She also discussed the rising […]

MindLab: The evolution of a public innovation lab

On January 27th, Kit Lykketoft, the Deputy Director of MindLab and a visiting scholar at Parsons the New School for Design – DESIS Lab, visited The GovLab to share insights about the design and evolution of a public sector innovation lab. MindLab was the one of the first public sector innovation labs in the world. […]

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Carl Malamud: How Citizens Can Force Governments to Change through Liberating our Data (at Scale!)

At the latest installment of the Ideas Lunch series, the GovLab hosted Carl Malamud, public domain advocate and founder of Public.Resource.org, a nonprofit organization that works to make government information more accessible. The talk centered on the role that citizens should play to free public information currently being held by government behind closed doors. His […]

Piotr Szpunar: The Problem of Internet Radicalization?

Piotr Szpunar, Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania, shared his ongoing research on the topic of Internet radicalization during a GovLab Ideas Lunch in March . The issues addressed during the talk relate to the GovLab’s broader work on Internet governance and identifying strategies for a more effective Internet governance […]

Julia Lane: Measuring the Results of Public Investment in R&D Using Big Data

The GovLab recently hosted an Ideas Lunch featuring Julia Lane, an Institute Fellow and Senior Managing Economist at the American Institutes for Research.  Lane spoke with us about the importance of measuring the results of public investment in research and development, and the many possibilities afforded by leveraging big data in this arena.  The GovLab […]

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John Wilbanks: Improving informed consent through design to advance science

Whenever you go to a doctor’s office in the United States you are asked to fill in a form and give your consent to the medical treatment that you need. Informed consent is the “process by which the treating health care provider discloses appropriate information to a competent patient so that the patient may make […]

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Jean-Claude Burgelman: How to Support a New Era of Scientific Research

At the latest installment the Ideas Lunch series, the GovLab hosted Dr. Jean-Claude Burgelman, the Head of Unit C2, DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission. The talk centered on the changing academic and scientific research market, in the Web 2.0 era. He also provided some of his thoughts on his most recent project […]