“Democratic by Design: How Carsharing, Co-ops, and Community Land Trusts Are Reinventing America ” by Gabriel Metcalf is a book that looks at how alternative institutions—small-scale, self-organized projects that work outside the traditional structures of government and business—can ultimately scale up to effect widespread social change.
Nesta and Collaborative Lab published a research report aiming to figure out how a road ahead in the collaborative economy, although not necessarily straightforward, can work in powerful ways for 21st century business, governments and communities.
The European Commission launched a public consultation on ‘Science 2.0’, in order to gauge the trend towards a more open, data-driven and people-focused way of doing research and innovation. ‘Science 2.0’ is understood as a systemic change in the modus operandi of doing research and organising science.
Kickstarter, the crowdfunding pioneer, has released its 2013 year in review. According to the company’s own internal numbers it generated $480 million in pledges from three million people during 2013, a big jump from the $274 million and 2.2 million contributors that it attracted in 2012.
William D. Eggers, author of eight books on government reform and Global Public Sector Research Director at Deloitte, whites about how distributed technology is used to tackle society’s most intractable challenges.
Professors Nambisan and Nambisan present an innovative framework from which to view citizen “co-creation,” which refers to the development of new public services by citizens in partnership with governments.
Published by the Commons Lab, “New Visions in Citizen Science” showcases seventeen case studies that offer a mosaic view of federally-sponsored citizen science and open innovation projects, from in-the-field data collection to online games for collective problem-solving. This report offers a sampling of different models that support public contribution, potential challenges, and positive impacts that projects can have on scientific literacy, research, management, and public policy.