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Will Open Government Policies Build Trust for Effective Collaboration?

Will Open Government Policies Build Trust for Effective Collaboration?

The Obama Administration’s Open Government Initiative may well be an historic step forward in meeting the goals of transparency, participation and collaboration. But the way these goals are being translated into practice – and evaluated – at least in this early phase, makes me wonder if the initiative will lead to greater accountability and trust […]

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The Open Government Directive & Changing Federal Agency Culture

The Open Government Directive & Changing Federal Agency Culture

Will federal agencies really become more fully transparent, participatory and collaborative, as the Obama Administration’s Open Government Directive promises? Hopes are high among advocates of the new policies that such practices will become the standard across the government. Turning that hope into the reality of a federal world of collaborative organizations, however, poses a vast […]

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Online Voting for Public Policy vs. Consensus Building: Is That a Choice?

Online Voting for Public Policy vs. Consensus Building: Is That a Choice?

Although I haven’t seen a lot of discussion about this so far, the emergence of interactive tools for online citizen engagement poses interesting questions for the future of public policy consensus building. It’s still early days in the development of the web technology, and experiments so far have been spotty. Despite the high orbit of […]

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The City of Santa Cruz Goes Online for Public Ideas

Video courtesy of Web 2.0 ExpoSF-’09 and O’Reilly Media. Peter Koht of the City of Santa Cruz, CA, describes the city’s online method for gathering public ideas about how to handle a severe budget crisis. The platform is uservoice. Similar to the IdeaScale system used in the White House Open Government Initiative, it allows users […]

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The Wisdom of Crowds, Collaborative Networks & Public Policy

The Wisdom of Crowds, Collaborative Networks & Public Policy

Over the last few years, concepts like collaboration, the wisdom of crowds and collaborative networks have taken hold as innovative ways for involving large groups of people to help solve complicated public policy problems. However, the terms are often used so loosely that they’re in danger of being lumped together and, in effect, dismissed, especially […]

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