Tag Archives: Crowdsourcing

New Methods of Making Sense of Human Behavior

Virtually any city agency could benefit from getting accurate and useful neighborhood-level data about the public’s perception of community conditions. Doing so creates opportunities for more efficient allocation of agency resources;  greater insight into what any given community cares about or prioritizes – be it crime, education, public or environmental health; and betterment of government-citizen […]

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Introducing Open Gov Stories

By Emily Thenhaus March 19, 2014 “The world is becoming more open because of all the changes we are witnessing,” says Romain Lacombe, Head of Innovation for the French Open Data Task Force, Etalab. “The question from a government standpoint is, ‘Do you want to fight it, or do you want to go along? Do […]

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Crowdsourcing the Hall of Fame

It’s a happy day for some of us at the GovLab when two of our favorite things — baseball and governance — intersect. This past November, the sports website Deadspin announced that it was seeking to acquire the 2014 Hall of Fame ballots of one or more of the voting members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA). Beyond setting out to mock what they […]

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The GovLab Selected Readings on Crowdsourcing Funds

As part of an ongoing effort to build a knowledge base for the field of opening governance by organizing and disseminating its learnings, the GovLab Selected Readings series provides an annotated and curated collection of recommended works on key opening governance topics. In this edition, we explore the literature on Crowdsourcing Funds. To suggest additional readings on […]

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The GovLab Selected Readings on Crowdsourcing Opinions and Ideas

As part of an ongoing effort to build a knowledge base for the field of opening governance by organizing and disseminating its learnings, the GovLab Selected Readings series provides an annotated and curated collection of recommended works on key opening governance topics. In this edition, we explore the literature on Crowdsourcing Opinions and Ideas. To suggest additional […]

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New York’s Big Participatory Budgeting Moment

By Hollie Russon Gilman, Ph.D. New York City has a new mayor: Bill de Blasio. The election of Mayor Bill de Blasio presents an opportunity for New York to innovate how it is governed by leveraging the expertise of citizens in new ways. In his campaign plan for “A Government As Great as Our City” […]

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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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The GovLab’s Open Governance Twitter Lists

To help map the field and provide a means for monitoring important developments, the GovLab has created a curated collection of Twitter lists featuring key open governance players and thinkers. The full Open Governance list includes over 150 must-follow accounts from across sectors and discipline areas. Twitter users can follow the full list and/or keep […]

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NEW Publication: “Reimagining Governance in Practice: Benchmarking British Columbia’s Citizen Engagement Efforts”

Over the last few years, the Government of British Columbia (BC), Canada has initiated a variety of practices and policies aimed at providing more legitimate and effective governance. Leveraging advances in technology, the BC Government has focused on changing how it engages with its citizens with the goal of optimizing the way it seeks input and […]

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The GovLab Living Labs: Experiments in Smarter Governance

Improving people’s lives by changing how we govern. Current societal problems demand radical innovation in how we govern. Policy makers around the world are facing increasingly complex and interconnected societal challenges: How can we provide health care for everyone at lower cost; reduce poverty and economic inequality; reduce and prevent obesity; redesign urban environments; fight […]

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