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:
http://www.fastcoexist.com/1680759/revitalizing-new-orleans-by-crow...

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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Lunda Grattons new book "the Key"

Posted by Robert Pye on July 30, 2014 at 14:21 1 Comment

Published last month (and I've just read it) after spending a morning with her hotspots research team Lyndas latest book the key argues how corporations (which she sees as really no more than the individuals who inhabit them) are the key to solving the worlds biggest problems from youth unemployment to climate change.

"HA" I hear you say what utter nonsense.  This cannot possibly compete with shortermism and shareholder value.

The long and short of the book is that it's compelling backed by tons of research and evidence and there are some great stories of how this is actually happening.  

I'm going to be gathering our own evidence in support of this thesis too.

If you want a short 10 minute overview then listen to Peter Days interview on radio 4.  Lynda is certainly tackling the most sticky issues head on.  If anyone is capable of convincing people of an alternative scenario (to total systemic failure) it is Lynda...

London Dashboard

Posted by Peter Feltham on July 22, 2014 at 12:24 2 Comments

Boris & Co are gradually improving their London Dashboard as time goes by and more data is enfolded. Here's the link if you want to find it:

http://data.london.gov.uk/?utm_campaign=NL_VA_Dashboard_and_Datastore_update_Jul2014

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