Tag Archives: collaborative platforms

Participatory Budgeting Year in Review: Looking back to the future

By Hollie Russon Gilman 2013 was an important year for Participatory Budgeting (PB). PB became more widely known and practiced throughout the U.S. There is great potential in 2014 for expanding PB across the country as well as working toward agreed upon evaluation criteria. PB is a process to enlist citizens as decision makers on […]

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How New York City uses Crowd-Sourcing to improve High School Selection

To help solve hard problems by leveraging the expertise of citizens, policy makers are increasingly considering the use of contests, challenges, and other forms of crowd–sourcing. As budgets tighten these offer many advantages for societal institutions—including paying only for results, establishing an ambitious goal without having to predict which team or approach is most likely […]

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GitHub for Government

In recent years, the online collaboration platform GitHub has become synonymous with open-source innovation. With citizens increasingly calling for governments to open-source their software products (Paul Ford’s recent article on the subject provides a concise summary of why doing so will lead to better software), many have suggested that GitHub could provide a meaningful first step […]

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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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Activate Innovation and Institutional Change

A few years ago The Guardian created “Activate”  a global platform connecting experts “working across all sectors who are using the internet and its associated technologies to change the world” – with hubs around the world. Their annual Summit took place last week in London. A few panels and presentations touched on how technological advances […]

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GovLab Editorial Meeting Links, 7/12/13 — The Syria Conflict

Report: Web-monitoring devices made by US firm Blue Coat detected in Iran, Sudan – Washington Post: Blue Coat Systems produces network security equipment which shields against unwanted elements such as computer viruses. The equipment can also be used to limit communications, so it’s tagged as “dual use.” In Syria, for example, Blue Coat devices have been […]

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GovLab Editorial Board Meeting Links, 7/11/13

1. Institutional: Opening-up Government Documents • http://opengovfoundation.org/the-madison-project/ • http://www.govexec.com/magazine/features/2013/07/governing-gets-social/65831/ Madison is a platform for discussing and improving government documents and draft legislation through collaboration. Users can comment on proposed legislation, suggest alternative text and vote those suggestions up or down … “a cross between Microsoft Word’s track changes function and crowdsourced reviews on Amazon”. 2. […]

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The past, present and future of a data-driven and socially networked world

A few pointers to the past, present and future of a data-driven and socially networked world…from today’s New York Times Sunday Review: The Past: Tom Standage on Social Networking in the 1600s and the lessons we can learn for current debates: “SOCIAL networks stand accused of being enemies of productivity. According to one popular (if […]

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