Tag Archives: Crowdsourcing

Understanding Open Data with Joel Gurin

Joel Gurin recently joined the GovLab as Senior Advisor, and on July 17th, he spoke to the organization about his work on open data and its impacts on individuals, organizations, and society. Joel previously served as Chief of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for two years and then […]

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GovLab Editorial Board Meeting Links, 7/23/13

Health Insurer’s App Helps Users Track Themselves – MIT Technology Review: “CarePass can integrate data from wearable tracking devices like Fitbit or Jawbone’s UP, as well as apps like MapMyRun; it can take into account doctor visits, prescriptions, and blood pressure or cholesterol records. It will also point users to trustworthy symptom and diagnosis information through iTriage, software that […]

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“We need the brightest minds to help solve the biggest challenge”

President Obama: “We need the brightest minds to help solve our biggest challenges. In this democracy, we, the people, realize this government is ours. It’s up to each and every one of us to make it work better. And we all have a stake in our success.” Read the President’s full remarks here, and see all […]

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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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From Russia with Love

A few days ago I gave a presentation on “Solving Public Problems with Crowdsourcing” for 80 assembled governors of the Russian Federation outside of Moscow at an event on Contemporary Management Technologies. The presentation was a sweep of the global landscape covering ways institutions are engaging with the public on (and off) line to brainstorm, […]

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A new vocabulary for the 21st Century: Socialstructing

Marina Gorbis, executive director of the Institute for the Future (IFTF), recently released her new book entitled The Nature of the Future: Dispatches from the Socialstructed World. According to the IFTF website, the book “offers an inspiring portrayal of how new technologies are giving individuals so much power to connect and share resources that networks […]

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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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Innovating the Innovation Process: Re-imagining University Research

In the most recent issue of the MIT Sloan Management Review, Professors Eva Guinan (Harvard Medical School), Kevin J. Boudreau (London Business School), and Karim Lakhani (Harvard Business School) detail the work Harvard Catalyst is engaged in to open up and reimagine how a university conducts research. Harvard Catalyst is a “pan university clinical translational […]

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“Groupy Once More”: J. Richard Hackman on Group Behavior and Performance

This week family and friends of the late Richard Hackman, who passed away in January, gather in Cambridge, Massachusetts to celebrate his life and work. He devoted his career as a social and organizational psychologist to studying what makes groups from spies to orchestras to sports teams (he was a huge fan of Harvard Women’s […]

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A new vocabulary for the 21st Century: “slacktivism”

Research featured in the New Scientists focuses on the impact of so-called “slacktivism”, or “low-cost, low-risk online activism”, on subsequent civic action.  A detailed analysis of  slacktivism was developed by Henrik Serup Christensen in his 2011 paper in First Monday where he defined the concept and its origin as follows: “Slacktivism has become somewhat of […]

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