Tag Archives: Government Innovation

Improving Government through Civic Hacking

Advances in new technology are opening up several new avenues through which citizens can now engage in areas previously the domain of the public sector. Initiatives such as hackathons are accelerating civic innovation by encouraging citizens with technical expertise to help redesign governmental architecture, improve government services, and create better cities. The emerging wave of civic […]

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Get Ready for the Next Wave of Open Gov Conferences

Conferences and convenings that focus on how to transform governance using advances in science and technology are being held around the world in increasing numbers. At GovLab, we’re not only interested in taking part in some of these emerging venues and conversations, we also aim to capture and study them as to analyze new ways […]

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GovLab Editorial Meeting Links, 8/15/13

A Strangely Beautiful Map of Race in America – The Atlantic Cities: “Demographic researcher Dustin Cable’s Racial Dot Map is staggering both visually and statistically. How presidential elections are impacted by a 100 million year old coastline – Deep Sea News: “The legacy of ancient coastlines, chalk, soil, cotton, and slavery can still be seen today.   African Americans make up over […]

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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 Meeting Links, 7/25/13

Quantifying cities’ emotional effects – MIT News: “In the latest issue of the journal PLoS One, researchers from MIT’s Media Lab present a new online tool that they hope will help social scientists take a more rigorous look at city dwellers’ emotional responses to their environments. The tool presents online volunteers with pairs of images randomly drawn from […]

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Toward Collaborative Governance – an interview with Beth Noveck

Recently, Beth Noveck,  founder and director of the GovLab, outlined her vision for collaborative governance in an interview with Joel Gurin, who has now joined the GovLab as a senior advisor.  Joel is the author of an upcoming book on Open Data, which he writes about at OpenDataNow.com. The interview focuses on new ways of […]

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Announcing: Data Transparency 2013 (September 10, 2013, Washington DC)

(We are delighted to be a Special Policy Partner of this event) #datapolicy2013: “The U.S. federal government is transforming its information from inaccessible databases and unstructured documents into open data – standardized, searchable, and available for anyone to access and use. Data.gov now hosts more than 75,000 data sets and supports seventeen communities of developers, from […]

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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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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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The 21st century public servant

It was Niccolo Machiavelli who stated that “Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times”. So how can democratic institutions successfully solve 21st Century challenges?  This will not only require a re-design of those institutions, integrating 21st Century practices, but will also necessitate public leaders to change their “conduct with the times”. […]

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