Live Blog: Are We There Yet? And How Will We Know?

Live updates will be provided from today’s rotating sessions. Each new update will be from a completely different group of our guests discussing each room’s topics.

ROOM TOPIC: Are We There Yet? And How Will We Know?
What is success? What is the state of our evidence and how should we think about metrics?


3:13PM: Open participatory collaborative government=world where people have the ability to participate fully in the decisions that matter to them in their own lives. In other words, when intuition is replaced by evidence, when secrecy is replaced by transparency when isolation is replaced by collaboration and when decisions are informed, smart collaborative and legitimate. Moving forward we need to add credibility and branding as part of the solution for good governance. Government right now doesn’t have good credibility. People know what McKinsey is, but don’t know people in government are just as brilliant, they just don’t have same cache.

2:45PM: Are we there yet and how do we know? #3 (sorry these are more tweets than blog posts. couldnt get anything truly coherent for blog form.

There is a huge space between building policy online to create better distributive deliberation in our democracy and why I can’t pay a parking ticket online. When this gap gets smaller then we are starting to get there.

The nouns and verbs of governance and references, standards methods research questions.

But are we a community or a field?

2:10PM: Let’s flip mutually assured destruction creed of the last century; how are we going to live together: mutually assured connection. While this is a doctrine and not a question, we can build on it to understand where we are. However, we are not a field until everyone agrees on some questions; until everyone can say top two or three problems in field. We are there when we have established Govlab’s role in reframing governance in the digital area.


1:39PM: There is concept called Hippos (highest paid person opinion). When those CEOs have started to fight us then we know we are there. There are core things that have to do with HIPPO status like their pay, their business philosophy, but when data removes that power from them,  won’t be conformable and they will be forced to change. Then it’s not only that data says HIPPOs old way is wrong but that the HIPPO has to do make data driven decisions to stay on top. You know it’s disruptive when Hippos declare war. But better than war would be disruption as practice.


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