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The Movement to Transform Data Into Action in US Cities
From crime reduction to eliminating blighted properties, cities across the country are using data to improve services, meaningfully engage residents, and make better decisions.
Open Data: Why We Should Care
The international network for innovators in public service
Apolitical spoke to three pioneers in the field in Burkina Faso, Brazil and India, who told us about fighting corruption, ensuring free elections and preventing crime. These real, substantive issues go beyond the inevitably vague buzzwords of transparency and accountability.
Here's Hows Texas Is Leading the Political Tech Revolution
Director, Glasshouse Policy
If you told me two years ago that Texas would be on the cutting edge of employing online tools to connect voters directly to their government's policy-making processes, I wouldn't have believed you.
Learning to Turn the Wheels of Democracy
Stephen H. Dinan
Author, CEO of The Shift Network
Even though I consider myself an engaged citizen and active participant in politics, I had never been to visit one of our elected officials' Washington, DC offices. That's partially because something felt intimidating about it.
Development Folks, What Can We Learn From the Private Sector?
Practice Manager, Governance & Inclusive Institutions,World Ba...
If governments, service providers, and donors learned from the private sector and treated recipients of public services like actual customers, greater sustainable development could be achieved.
Change Yourself, Change the World
International relations analyst, commentator and writer. Profe...
It's true that we are what we consume: from food to what we read, listen to and watch. A diverse political diet is the first step towards expanding our horizons and challenging our ways of thinking.
There's a New World Superpower -- And 4 Other Things I Learned at Netroots Nation
Social innovator, campaigner, and presidential appointee to Ir...
I had barely touched down in California when it was time to take off again. This time, to Detroit, to attend Netroots Nation, billed as the United States' biggest annual gathering of progressive activists, organizers and online social justice innovators.
Nurturing Citizen Leaders Starts In Higher Education
President, The College Of William And Mary
It's crucial to the quality of our national life and the strength of our democracy, however, that all colleges and universities help nurture citizen leaders. Embracing the Franklin Project can be a powerful means to that end.
Democracy 2.0: Obama and Citizen Engagement
Co-Author, with son Alex Tapscott, of Blockchain Revolution (M...
For far too long, we've been living in what I've called a broadcast democracy. Voters only count during election time.
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