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Can Government Solve Big Problems Collaboratively?

Can Government Solve Big Problems Collaboratively?

Stefan Rajewski – Fotolia.com The Open Government Initiative of the Obama Administration has given high priority to increasing the use of collaboration in the federal government. Yet many federal offices have not in the past encouraged the sort of collaborative mindset that is necessary for meaningful efforts in this direction. As William Eggers and John […]

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The Open Government Directive & Changing Federal Culture - 2

The Open Government Directive & Changing Federal Culture – 2

As a mediator, I have this annoying habit of taking all sides of an issue seriously. Further, as a colleague once put it to me, people in our line of work need to combine optimism about outcomes with cynicism about motives. So I thought I’d offer doses of both in looking at the brighter and […]

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Reuniting America 2006: An Example of Leadership Dialogue

Reuniting America convened a series of leadership workshops on major issues from 2004 – 2007. These sessions drew together 140 leaders representing the full range of political values and perspectives that dominate discussion of public issues in the U.S. The eventual result was to develop the principles of transpartisanship, an effort to replace the demonizing […]

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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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Online Networks & the Future of Politics

Andrew Rasiej, the founder of Personal Democracy Forum (PdF), gives an overview in this video of changes in politics and citizen engagement made possible by network technologies. As described online, PdF is “an annual conference and community website about the intersection of politics and technology,” especially the way in which “[t]echnology and the Internet are […]

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Deliberating to Change Public Policy

Deliberating to Change Public Policy

With so much attention focused on the Obama Administration’s Open Government Initiative , it’s worth taking a look at recent nationwide and state efforts to bring the public closer to government through the use of deliberative democracy techniques. Two impressive examples among many are the Citizens Parliament in Australia, convened to consider ways of improving […]

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