Tag Archives: Communities

Converting Open Data into Local Action, The Lehman Community Connect: Bronx Information Portal

There is growing awareness that open data can contribute economic and social value. In practice, this happens not only at the national and state level but also, and perhaps more importantly, at the level of local communities. With these localized open data impacts in mind, community colleges and public universities have the opportunity to play […]

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John Tolva: “The City is a Platform: Chicago’s Technology Transformation”

As part of the GovLab’s regular Ideas Luncheon Series (see our notes on previous speakers Brian Behlendorf, Joel Gurin, Deborah Estrin, Geoff Mulgan and Erik Johnston), John Tolva visited the GovLab on November 15 to talk about his experience leading the City of Chicago’s technology transformation as its first Chief Technology Officer under Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and to sketch his vision for […]

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… when crowds are wise, when they are not, how to leverage that wisdom through open data and how to define metrics that demonstrate success

On April 19, the second day of the GovLab Experiment, participants took part in a variety of half-hour “horas” with specific themes to guide discussion. 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?” Horas 1 and 3 […]

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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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… 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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…how innovations in science and technology change the way we work together to enhance our well-being.

By Beth Noveck, GovLab

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