Economic growth, as we learned long ago from the works of economists like MIT’s Robert M. Solow, is largely driven by learning and innovation, not just saving and the accumulation of capital. Ultimately, economic progress depends on creativity. That is why fear of “secular stagnation” in today’s advanced economies has many wondering how creativity can be spurred.
One prominent argument lately has been that what is needed most is Keynesian economic stimulus – for example, deficit spending. After all, people are most creative when they are active, not when they are unemployed.
The CEDEM13 Conference on eDemocracy and Open Government in Krems just started, this year with two keynotes from overseas:
Beth Noveck (@bethnoveck) and Tiago Peixoto (@participatory). We will upload brief summaries of the keynotes and several sections on this blog, later on there will also be slides on slideshare available. Enjoy the conference and your time in Krems! Beth Noveck (New York University and MIT; founder of the White House Open Government Initiative and former United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Open Government)
“Crowdsourcing Wisely Not Widely: The Next Generation of Citizen Engagement”
Nowadays the economic sector is more and more driven by data of their customers, crowdsourcing opportunities and technologies that rely on big data. According to Noveck these technologies have foremost helped to make changes more concretely and faster. There are a few crowdsourcing projects like the Open Ministry Project that successfully build a link between citizens and government, but there is still a long way to go. One problem with engaging the public is that, at this point, it is still hard to receive meaningful comments or to move from mass deliberation to real, quality collaboration.
Wer jetzt auf den Geschmack gekommen ist, der/dem empfehlen wir das in Kürze erscheinende Buch vom Autor von The Long Tail, Chris Anderson. Sein neues Buch Free: The Future of a Radical Price kann beiAmazon vorbestellt werden. Einen Eindruck von dem Buch kann man sich bei Wired holen; Artikel und Studie dazu gibt es auf Andersons Blog.