Clay Shirky: How the Internet will (one day) transform government

The open-source world has learned to deal with a flood of new, oftentimes divergent, ideas using hosting services like GitHub -- so why can't governments? In this rousing talk Clay Shirky shows how democracies can take a lesson from the Internet, to be not just transparent but also to draw on the knowledge of all their citizens.

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Comment by Peter Feltham on October 19, 2012 at 14:38

A propos, this just in... crowdsourcing repairs to damaged homes that are still not dealt with in New Orleans:

Comment by Peter Feltham on October 19, 2012 at 14:35

A brilliant call to arms re participatory democracy! Thanks for posting that Annabelle.



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I ran across this terrific article by friend Gideon Rosenblatt today. Recommended for a proper Ruminate over in fact.


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I spent last Saturday doing some Revolting in Lewes at Zu Studios, my beloved artists' colony. The entire industrial estate part of the city is under threat from cookie-cutter developers which would be a scandal because Lewes is one of the few towns that has preserved most of its character. We are horrified by this.

In fact, all of the businesses on the "Phoenix Estate", which used to be the old iron works, held an open day and invited the townspeople in to see what they do. Which was an eye opener for many of them. There were art exhibitions, theatre performances and all sorts of activities going on throughout the entire area. And luckily the weather was glorious too as a bonus.

At Zu we hosted the Phoenix Fayre during the day with lots of different creative folks selling their wares from various stalls. The Little People were well catered for with all sorts of diverting activities for them.  I was behind the bar for quite a while and it was amusing to see how serious they were at ordering some drinks or yummy raw chocolate or whatever. One enterprising 8 yo boy tried to order, with great savoir faire it must be said, a dark rum to go in his lemonade, claiming that his mother would approve. A good try. 

Geekly appetites were satisfied with a long discussion with my Live Sound-Engineer pal Sweeval Weardley [don't ask] because we had an unexpected dose of unwanted flutter echoes when we did the sound check for the party later on. Most odd - in a room so well known to him. He found the culprit, a huge video projector installed semi-hidden between an iron pillar and a side wall so moving that soon fixed it. Once that was done, his sound desk setup returned to its normal impeccable state.

I ran into a couple of friends …


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