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Woman Fined $1,000 For Trashing Boss's Office With Silly String

Reuters | Lee Moran | Posted 11.26.2015 | Crime

Nov 25 (Reuters) - A woman who worked as a county government clerk in Ohio was fined $1,000 and given a nine-month suspended sentence for trashing a f...

A Call for Creative Solutions

Victoria Espinel | Posted 11.24.2015 | Technology
Victoria Espinel

The November 13 attacks in Paris were tragic, and our hearts and thoughts are with the people of Paris. We stand ready to work with law enforcement to prevent future such horrific incidents.

Smarter, Creative Philanthropy for a Complex World

Sonal Shah | Posted 11.30.2015 | Business
Sonal Shah

Within portfolios, philanthropy can reward more entrepreneurial approaches to public-private partnerships, cutting-edge technology, cross-sector data and civic engagement. And it can leverage a modern toolkit, including social impact bonds and other innovative financing mechanisms, impact investing and outcome-focused partnerships with civil society, government and industry.

The Emergence of Government Innovation Teams

Hollie Russon Gilman | Posted 11.23.2015 | Impact
Hollie Russon Gilman

A new global currency is emerging. Governments understand that people at home and abroad evaluate them based on how they use technology and innovative approaches in their service delivery and citizen engagement. This raises opportunities, and critical questions about the role of innovation in 21st century governance.

Innovation is Not Just Apps

Hollie Russon Gilman | Posted 11.23.2015 | Impact
Hollie Russon Gilman

Technology can include a refurbished truck that can restore citizen's faith in government. Importantly, these projects can also help foster the type of civic benefits that arise from more direct participation with government.

Now This Is a Real Crisis

Hareem Mannan | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Hareem Mannan

Maybe it's time to really look inside ourselves and question where this irrational fear is coming from. Are refugees okay as long as they're European? Is that it? Do we draw the line at race? Or is it religion?

Imagine (Government): Building a New Blueprint

Sonal Shah | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics
Sonal Shah

For about 30 years, polls have consistently shown that the general public thinks most public spending on "government" is wasted. The same public thinks, however, that more money should be spent to deliver the specific outcomes and services that they desire.

Why Donald Trump Is Ruining Thanksgiving

Kara Post-Kennedy | Posted 11.18.2015 | Entertainment
Kara Post-Kennedy

Thanksgiving this year sucks. I'm not saying eating delicious food sucks, I'm not even saying that your particular family gathering will suck (but le...

Reflections From Paris and Beirut

Samie Al-Achrafi | Posted 11.16.2015 | Impact
Samie Al-Achrafi

I don't think any of us know what's coming, but it could be quite wonderful. My thoughts are with everyone affected by the terrorist attacks this past week.

ExxonMobil and the Distortion of Climate Science

Steven Cohen | Posted 11.16.2015 | Green
Steven Cohen

The details are slowly emerging, and sadly no one is particularly surprised that such an outrageous conspiracy might have actually taken place.

How the U.S. Government Can Fight Obesity

Michael Kempner | Posted 11.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael Kempner

It's time for the government to use the power and influence of the dietary guidelines to fight obesity.

Welcome to the Warlord Era, America

Dan Carol | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics
Dan Carol

Let's quit beating around the bush: Warlords are ruining America -- and not just as measured by the Gross Domestic Product and nerdy stuff like that. Warlords are making America less fun. Less can-do. Less a place where people can agree to give a little to get a little.

Open Letter to The Newly Elected

Robert F. Walsh | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics
Robert F. Walsh

Represent our concerns rather than dictating them to us -- you work for us, not the other way around. Listen to our concerns rather than merely tolerating them -- if complaints are an inconvenience, you offered to serve in the wrong job.

Guns on Campus: F-

Charlie Allenson | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics
Charlie Allenson

Assaults don't happen like they do in the movies or on TV, where the victim has plenty of time to draw down on the bad guy. Physical assaults can be fast, brutal and leave you stunned in a heartbeat with no chance to react defensively, weapon or not -- even on a college campus.


Dwight Brown | Posted 11.13.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

In 1987 Mugabe became President with unbridled powers over other branches of the government and army. Enter the very alarming and revealing documentary Democrats, which thoroughly catalogues the constitutional process and how difficult it is to remove an embedded leader.

Making the Case for a Local Version of the U.S. Digital Service in California

Maury Blackman | Posted 11.09.2015 | Technology
Maury Blackman

A California version of the highly acclaimed U.S. Digital Service just took a big leap forward. In its recently released report, the Little Hoover Commission has called on elected officials in Sacramento to create a local version of the federal program in the form of a new California Digital Service.

The Power of Small Data: Big Data Isn't King

Hollie Russon Gilman | Posted 11.09.2015 | Impact
Hollie Russon Gilman

Sophisticated digital platforms that leverage "small" pieces of information or the data contained within citizens and their localities can strengthen the quality of democracy. Taken together, the following examples illustrate the ability to combine the right data to forge 21st century digital public infrastructure.

Afghans Searching for a Leader

Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam | Posted 11.06.2015 | World
Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam

During the last 14 years, we had everything but a leader. To secure the achievements and overcome the massive challenges, it's the right time to review quickly the unprecedented achievements of the last fourteen years as well as the challenges that remain and lie ahead.

An Open Letter to Our Next President

Tyler Lewis | Posted 11.02.2015 | College
Tyler Lewis

We need a president who is respected by Republicans, Democrats, Independents and everyone in between. Someone who might have a D or an R after their name, but doesn't let that compromise their ability to do what's best for the American people.

Getting Sustainability on the Agenda of Our Dysfunctional Federal Government

Steven Cohen | Posted 11.02.2015 | Green
Steven Cohen

Ronald Reagan was wrong: government is not the problem. Bill Clinton and Al Gore were right: government management needs to be reinvented.

Kitchen Table Commerce: The Way Business Works for Women in Sub-Saharan Africa

Kari Warberg Block | Posted 10.30.2015 | Impact
Kari Warberg Block

It's hard to believe how different things were, here in the United States, just 27 years ago -- or how different things would be, had our government not invested in women. A healthy economy, void of corruption and injustice, is one that leads to an environment where nobody is left behind.

The Future of Civic Technology

Hollie Russon Gilman | Posted 11.20.2015 | Impact
Hollie Russon Gilman

Educating more people about the innovative work of government can build stronger, more resilient systems while also fostering more trust in governance institutions.

Irish LGBT Group's Final Roadblock to Much Needed Resource Centre

Sean O'Toole | Posted 10.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Sean O'Toole

This points to a larger problem that everyone in Ireland simply has to become very aware of -- this misconception that in the wake of the Yes vote in the Marriage Equality referendum, that there is simply no more everyday LGBT discrimination because there is no more legal discrimination.

Of Fools and Free Markets

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 10.29.2015 | Business
Marcelo Giugale

Today, a tweet, a post, or a blog is enough to alert millions in seconds of a dreadful restaurant, an unsafe toy, or a polluting car company. We can share our market experiences in real time. This narrows the space for phishing.

What the 'Steve Jobs' Movie Won't Tell You About Apple's Success

Lynn Parramore | Posted 10.26.2015 | Business
Lynn Parramore

Mazzucato debunks common myths about how innovation works and shapes a new narrative on how to grow a robust and inclusive economy. Think that iPhone in your pocket is simply a product of Silicon Valley magic? Think again!