Tag Archives: De-centralization

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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GovLab Editorial Meeting Links, 8/1/13

Google: We can ban servers on Fiber without violating net neutrality – Ars Technica: Google Fiber uses a common clause in their service agreement to give them the right to boot server-based services from their ISP. But as home server technology becomes more common, does this language violate FCC regulation? Parliamentary report urges Australians to […]

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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: “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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Re-designing our global systems to mitigate network risks

Dirk Helbing is a Professor of Sociology at ETH Zurich specializing in modeling complex systems, leveraging the availability of big data. He is best known for his “social force model” in which pedestrians are described and analyzed as “social forces” that self-organize themselves.  In the latest issue of Nature, Prof Helbing expands his model to […]

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A new vocabulary for the 21st Century: Crowdscaling

Let’s consider these numbers that were shared in February of this year: 3,190 TEDx events have happened around the world (since 2009) 800 cities around the world have hosted one or more TEDx event 126 countries have hosted one or more TEDx events 12,900 TEDxTalks have been delivered The first TEDx organizer, Krisztina “Z” Holly, […]

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Designing participatory budget processes

Participatory budgeting has gained much traction the last few years across borders and demographics (see US map from Intellitics). Consider, for instance, the recent announcement by Boston’s Mayor Thomas Menino to “set aside $1 million in the City’s budget for youth to allocate through “Participatory Budgeting,” in an effort to educate youth on how the […]

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Citizen engagement to co-deliver public services

An emerging innovation in how we provide public goods involves the concept of “co-delivering” government services. To improve the development, production, and delivery of public services, governments are increasingly seeing the input and co-operation of citizens to help out. A new report from  the IBM Center for The Business of Government, called, Beyond Citizen Engagement: […]

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Crowdsourcing Cybersecurity: Decentralized Responses to Decentralized Threats

Dr. Gary Shiffman, Professor at the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University, and Ravi Gupta, co-founder and CTO of data analysis and behavior modeling firm Eniku7, recently published an article in the International Journal of the Commons on crowdsourcing cybersecuirty. Shiffman and Gupta use the concept of “the commons” to illustrate the problems with […]

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Reforming Government by Crowd Innovation

In their essay “Managing Crowd Innovation in Public Administration,” Alexandra Collm and Kuno Schedler examine how governmental adoption of social media can be used to reform public administration. Though public servants have attempted to reform many times, improvements often take place only at a rhetorical level. Collm and Schedler contend opening the reform process with […]

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