There's a must-read article if you want to understand why Democrats are losing the support of low income people who benefit from government programs like...
In 1954, American consumer behaviour academic, Gregory Stone identified four different types of consumers. Consisting of 150 in-depth interviews, Stone's research found there was an "economic" shopper
The next and necessary evolution of open data and civic tech is the real measurement of how to improve civic engagement in total: applying technology to government processes in such a way that the processes improve, decisions are more well-informed, and government staff and officials can more easily do their jobs.
Police-worn body cameras may be necessary, but we still need citizens who are brave enough to capture video of conflict.
We live in a society of instant gratification: Just about anything can be delivered; any job "task-rabbited"; and many things can even be instantly live-streamed. How does this square with the typically slower pace of government? Government cannot be as nimble as the commercial sectors by design, a
The case for lowering the voting age to 16 in the UK would appear to have been strengthened by the resonance of young people in the Scottish referendum. But excitement over this issue masks a deeper problem
This past Wednesday, we hosted a fascinating conversation with three innovative thinker-doers: Ben Berkowitz, the co-founder of SeeClickFix; Marci Harris, the CEO of PopVox; and Erhardt Graeff, an MIT Civic Media grad student who is working on a project called ActionPath.
Ten years ago, in 2004, I decided to jump off the merry-go-round of political party fund-raisers. I found both the main course and the political offering equally unappetizing.
Young people's relationship with politics in Britain is often considered to be both complex and problematic. On the one hand, this generation is often characterised as apathetic, with no interest in, or
Earlier this week we published the first in a series of posts on small data: "Forget Big Data, Small Data is the Real Revolution". In this second in the series, we discuss small data in
We're 'consumers' or 'taxpayers' and we care about things like 'pay-off', 'return on investment' and 'growth': that's the bottom line. Right? Well, I'd put my money on it. But, actually, when did that happen? When did we start to pepper our meetings, our work, and even dinner conversations with such words and phrases? Sometimes, our
The case for turning numbers into action.
This is going to sound crazy, but bear with me: Transparency matters, even when no one seems to be watching.
After the emergence of 'citizen scientists' and 'citizen journalists', what we need now are 'citizen citizens', argues Eric Liu: Excerpt: "The work of democratic life - solving shared problems, shaping plans, pushing for change, making grievances heard - has become ever more professionalized over the last generation. Money has gained outsize and self-compounding power in... Continue reading ...
Tom Steinberg, founder of MySociety.org, spoke at the Lab today. MySociety is an amazing project based in the UK, which has built a slew of sites that help people report problems with and gain service from their local and national government. As their website says, "Using our services, 200,000 people have written to their MP for the first time, over 65,000 potholes and other broken things have been fixed, over 120,000 people get emailed about things that happen in Parliament, and at least 77 tiny hats have been knitted for charity."
E-books aren't just becoming increasingly popular. They also appear to be promoting reading habits among American adults.
An American and Canadian study looked at people's knowledge and willingness to learn about important complex issues such as the economy, energy consumption and the environment.
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