Tag Archives: In the News

Next Week: MIT Media Lab Conversation with Beth Noveck

    MIT Media Lab Conversations Series May 29, 2PM, E14, Third-floor atrium Beth Noveck in Conversation with Joi Ito All talks at the Media Lab, unless otherwise noted, are open to the public. Please join us in person or via webcast. Twitter: #MLTalks Beth Simone Noveck is founder and director of The Governance Lab. […]

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Wonkageekathon – GovLabs and the Birth of CityMission

Joel Natividad and Nathan Storey on their experience at the GovLab Experiment (fullversion at PediaCities): “Last month, we were invited to participate in the Inaugural Experiment of GovLabs. It was a mind-blowing experience!… Unlike a traditional policy workshop, the GovLab Experiment was unique in that it liberally sprinkled thinkers and doers, not only from the […]

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What works? The concept of experimental government

In a new blog entry, Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA), focuses on why government needs to be more experimental. “Experimental government” describes Nesta’s efforts to create a more experimentation-based system of government through so-called “What Works” centers. The new project follows Nesta’s previous Alliance for […]

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Conversations on Citizen Engagement

The World Bank has just launched a new crowd sourcing initiative called “The Striking Poverty” aimed at empowering innovators to end poverty.  In essence, ‘The Striking Poverty” is an online space is designed for “striking up interactive discussions and debate among a global community of stakeholders.” Each discussion is scheduled to last two weeks before it […]

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‘Citizenville,’ by Gavin Newsom and Lisa Dickey

In an article published today in SF Gate, Beth Simone Noveck, co-founder of GovLab and visiting professor at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service reviews Gavin Newsom and Lisa Dickey’s new book “Citzenville’: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government. Noveck starts with today’s context: “Approval rates for government are at […]

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“Smart Disclosure Data Community” launched

On February 11, the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy announced the launch of Consumer.Data.gov, the 16th community on the data repository Data.gov. This new “Smart Disclosure Data Community” is a “first-of-its-kind centralized platform containing over 400 smart disclosure data sets and resources from dozens of agencies across government.” The announcement defines smart disclosure as […]

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Sunday Readings on Open Gov

From today’s New York Times: Adam Davidson on whether happiness is an adequate metric for government’s performance in Money Changes Everything: “So much debate over government policy is based on economic statistics that come out of the market. But the goal of government is not just to maximize revenue. It’s also to make citizens better off. […]

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Round 2 of the Presidential Innovation Fellows Program

“We must harness new ideas and technology to remake our government.” –President Barack Obama, January 21st, 2013  “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you–ask what you can do for your country.  My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together […]

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Two different case studies of citizen engagement

In its first week, Estonia’s People’s Assembly citizen petition platform received around 500 proposals, and over 1,000 people registered with their national ID cards to make or comment on proposals. The site is run by a group of volunteers from a number of Estonian NGOs—including the Estonian Cooperation Assembly, the Praxis Center for Policy Studies, […]

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