Tag Archives: Collaboration

… the best practices for designing, funding, incentivizing and implementing Grand Challenges and how to measure their impact

What is the role of government in solving really big problems? Is it the government’s place to set the research agenda for the private and NGO sectors through grand challenges? How can we facilitate open and transparent sharing of ideas and solutions between the individuals, organizations and broad sectors engaged with grand challenges? Can we […]

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GovLab Video Tutorial: Introduction to Git and GitHub

GitHub is one of the most popular new platforms in the world of software development. It provides a suite of tools that allows computer programmers to work collaboratively on massive projects with peers around the globe. Increasingly, GitHub is also being used by non-programmers, as a collaborative platform for everything from policy and legal documents […]

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Do you believe in sharing? The Common Pool problem

Tim Harford has an interesting article in this week’s Financial Time’s Life and Arts section (or Magazine for British readers) describing a famous academic dividing line around the question whether people will work together to save the “commons”. The key protagonists who have produced different answers to one of the most important social questions of […]

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Toward Collaborative Governance – an interview with Beth Noveck

Recently, Beth Noveck,  founder and director of the GovLab, outlined her vision for collaborative governance in an interview with Joel Gurin, who has now joined the GovLab as a senior advisor.  Joel is the author of an upcoming book on Open Data, which he writes about at OpenDataNow.com. The interview focuses on new ways of […]

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… what skills and networks can help people collaborate and compete in the digital economy

On April 19, the second day of the GovLab Experiment, participants took part in a variety of half-hour “horas” featuring discussion built around specific themes. The “If Only We Knew…” session asked participants, “What are the most important research questions that, if answered, would radically transform our understanding of open government?” Hora 2’s central research […]

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A new vocabulary for the 21st Century: “working anarchy” and “peer mutualism”

Since the 1990s, Yochai Benkler ,who is the Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School, has been instrumental in documenting (and advocating for) the economic and societal value of an information commons and decentralized ways of collaboration, especially as it applies to innovation. Both his books “The Penguin and the Leviathan: How […]

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If only we knew…how to define problems and ask questions to engage meaningfully with citizens

“A good question is one that provides ideas, solutions and legitimacy” While they are eager to engage with citizens, decision makers often fail to leverage the “surplus” of the crowd in designing policy solutions to social and economic problems. To engage meaningfully with and among citizens, the problem that needs to be solved must be […]

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Pew: Civic Engagement in the Digital Age

Earlier today, the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project released the findings of a survey on “Civic Engagement in the Digital Age”. The survey examined online and offline political engagement with special attention to the role of social networking sites in people’s political activities. It expands a study the Project conducted in 2008 […]

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… how government can develop the capacity to make the most of Prize-Induced Contests

Can we develop a simple test or set of metrics to determine if a given problem would be a strong candidate for a prize-induced contest? Design Best Practices How can we facilitate open and transparent sharing of ideas and solutions between the individuals, organizations and broad sectors engaged with grand challenges? How should government agencies […]

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… the best practices for designing, funding, incentivizing and implementing Prize-Induced Contests and how to measure their impact

Can we develop a simple test or set of metrics to determine if a given problem would be a strong candidate for a prize-induced contest? Design Best Practices How can we facilitate open and transparent sharing of ideas and solutions between the individuals, organizations and broad sectors engaged with grand challenges? How should government agencies […]

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