09/14/2010 11:13 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Gov 2.0: Making States Work Better

This post originally appeared on the World Bank's Conflict & Development Blog on September 14, 2010.

Last Tuesday (Sept. 7), the Grand Hyatt Washington was abuzz with the Gov 2.0 Summit, which brought together innovators from government and the private sector to highlight technology and ideas that can be applied to "the nation's great challenges." One session I found particularly interesting was "Making States Work Better" featuring Ory Okolloh, founder of the groundbreaking "activist mapping" platform Ushahidi, and Clare Lockhart, founder of the Institute for State Effectiveness, co-author of Fixing Failed States, and author of two input papers for the 2011 World Development Report. Reflecting on their post-conflict experiences in Afghanistan and Kenya, respectively, Lockhart and Okolloh stressed the importance of building institutions that provide effective and accountable security, justice and economic prospects. WATCH:

After the conference, guests had a chance to mingle with other Gov 2.0 speakers and attendees at a swank reception sponsored by Google, where I caught up with Ory Okolloh (Left), and Zack Brisson and Panthea Lee (Right), the dynamic duo behind the strategic communications and technology outfit Reboot.

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O'Reilly Media founder Tim O'Reilly kicked off the reception with a passionate plea for Gov 2.0. Here's a short clip.

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