Professor, Author, Government Adviser On Institutional Innovation
As the 2016 Presidential election swirls into focus, and we look back on how government has functioned in recent years, urgent questions arise surrounding what it takes to innovate and do better in our corridors of power — and how everyday people can play a role in this. With trust in institutions at an all-time low, and converse leaps in scientific and technological advance that are rapidly changing the face of life, we find ourselves at a crossroads in which radical transformations in government and leadership are critical to the future of our democracy. Read More >
TEDTalk: Demand a More Open-Source Government
#BCTECHSummit - Beth Noveck, Founder and CEO, The Governance Lab
Beth Noveck at Gov. Maker Day
Big Data, Small Data, Open Data
No previous generation has had the tackle the complex challenges society will confront in the coming decades, from combatting terrorism to safeguarding the future of the planet. To succeed, we have to run our institutions differently. Getting ideas from the outside — often called open innovation or crowdsourcing — should be as vital to the performance of public institutions as it has been to commerce and science. In this presentation, Beth Simone Noveck explores how new data tools hold the potential to transform how we govern, making it possible to pinpoint more diverse expertise in solving hard problems. Through "technologies of expertise" — and crowd-sourcing widely — we can create innovative institutions, active citizenship and innovative politicians.
The idea of progress, prosperity and building a better world — the DNA that once defined the United States — no longer seems possible in a country where we are routinely told our government is "broken." The current election season promises more of the same. To change this, envisioning how technology can revolutionize the way we govern is crucial to our future. Government is broken because it has failed to keep up with innovation. By leveraging the wisdom and talents of a diverse and open society, and harnessing the expertise that comes from many different people and places, our government needs to be re-engineered. In this presentation, Beth Simone Noveck argues for a new conception of democratic participation suited to today's integrated, networked world. She proposes a model of participatory democracy rooted not simply in voting every four years but in citizens (and politicians) being actively engaged and ready to use their skills and knowledge for the good of society.
Tax returns and registration forms are our primary window into the workings of America's enormous and economically impactful nonprofit sector, which pays $670 billion annually in wages and benefits. Every year, approximately 1.5 million tax-exempt organizations file a version of the federal "Form 990" with IRS and state tax authorities, providing details on the financial, governance and organizational structure of America's universities, hospitals, foundations and charities, ensuring they are deserving of their tax-exempt status. Soon these forms will be released as downloadable open data by the IRS, providing instant transparency on the inside functioning of nonprofits, including charities. In this presentation about the impact of big data on the nonprofit sector, Beth Simone Noveck explores how nonprofits might be transformed by big data and the access to tax information that's right around the corner.
In this presentation Beth Simone Noveck draws from her recent book Smarter Citizens, Smarter State: The Technologies of Expertise and the Future of Governing to address how big data is transforming the hiring process. By avoiding the personal biases of human interviews, new tools help employers sift through mountains of applications to identify the ideal candidate. Although these technologies of expertise can help match people with opportunities they might not have had access to before, machine tools must be combined with human intelligence, empathy and sensibility in order to create fair and well-functioning workplaces. The key to success in using these tools in the labor market is to ensure that human and machine processes are transparent and evolving.
A common term in the startup world indicating the difficulty of covering negative cash flow in the early stages of a venture is the "valley of death." But there are more common deathtraps than cash flow. In this presentation, Beth Simone Noveck draws from her years of experience as the founder of GovLab and coach and mentor to thousands of professionals to show how we can foster more impactful entrepreneurs, change-makers and startups — by tackling the hard problems up front and leading responsibly and effectively in order to change the world for the better. She offers tips on navigating bureaucracies, legal regimes and institutions, developing compelling materials, and identifying what works and what doesn't in building stronger public entrepreneurship.
Survey data reveals that the public has become increasingly dissatisfied with government. According to recent Gallup Poll data, only 54% of people worldwide report having confidence in their national governments. In the U.S., only 20% of citizens say they trust the federal government to do what is right and "[n]o more than about 30% have expressed trust in the government in Washington to do the right thing at any point over the last decade." Clearly, we need something better and more legitimate than going to the polls once a year to elect politicians few people trust and who accomplish less and less because of bitter partisan wrangling. Noveck will talk about how technology is already transforming how governing happens and what we can do to accelerate the change.
"Your presentation was excellent and was an eye-opener in many ways for me personally. Your optimism definitely affected me in a positive way, especially when it comes to government "governance." Thank you very much."
"Beth Noveck was phenomenal!"
"Beth was fantastic. Her keynote session was excellent and her breakout session provided great value. She was so generous with her time, willing to stop and talk with members, and happy to take a picture with them; I could go on and on. She is a lovely and authentic person (not to mention brilliant)."
"Amazing – no other way to describe it."
"Thank you for your time and effort to travel long hours and distance to come and tell the people about crowdsourcing. My team and I are appreciative of your commitment. Your contribution was a special one and reached both a very large TV audience in Russia as well as the Prime Minister and key government and business leaders."
"Thank you very much for agreeing to take part in Sberbank conference. Frankly, I do believe that your presentation was the best one, I really enjoyed it, and I hope that we will be able to cooperate in one way or another in the future. Thanks a lot once again!"
"It was a great privilege to hear of your work firsthand and we have had much good feedback from audiences inspired by your presentations. Your professionalism and your engagement with the audiences was much appreciated and I know the team feel inspired to see your ideas brought to action in South Australia, as I’m sure many of the attendees are also based on their requests for links to the video and presentation."