E-Government 2.0

“Creativity, Corporatism, and Crowds”

Date: 19-11-2014
Source: Project Syndicate


Robert J. Shiller, a 2013 Nobel laureate in economics.
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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.

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Digital Government: Turning the Rhetoric into Reality

Gov 2.0 vs. the Beast of Bureaucracy

Freitag, 10. September 2010, 16:30:11 | Andrew McAfee:

If Tim O’Reilly didn’t exist, the technology industry would have to invent him. He knows everybody, can explain anything to anyone, helps us understand where things are headed, and convenes diverse groups of people to think about talk about the big topics.

He does all this while maintaining a sense of enthusiasm that I usually see only among people waiting in line for the next release of Halo. Tim likes technology for its own sake, but he’s more fundamentally enamored of what it can do — how it can open up new territory, improve people’s lives, and address vexing problems. After more than 30 years of running O’Reilly Media he exudes the vibe of “this is so cool” that all of us geeks remember from the first time we sat down in front of a computer (and for whatever it’s worth, I think he’s exactly right; this remains so cool.).

Tim brought a bunch of us together at the Gov 2.0 Summit earlier this week to discuss how the geek toolkit is being used to improve the work of government. A lot of the talks are available online at O’Reilly’s YouTube channel (my talk with Tim is here), and I encourage you to check them out. The best of them, like Carl Malamud’s and Ellen Miller‘s, are inspirational (and yes, that word is terribly overused).

The central impression the Summit left on me was of a dedicated and tenacious group of people waging war on bureaucracy, which Javier Pascual Salcedo defined as “the art of making the possible impossible.” The government doesn’t have a monopoly on bureaucracy, of course, but it does have pretty good market share”. A capitalist theorist would say this is largely because competition culls bureaucracy and other inefficiencies, and governments face few or no competitors for their services. (more…)

Konferenz: Effizienter Staat 2010

Der zweite Tag der Konferenz “Effizienter Staat 2010” in Berlin startet mit Jürgen Häfner, Leiter der Zentralstelle für IT-Management, Multimedia, eGovernment und Verwaltungsmodernisierung im Ministerium des Innern und für Sport Rheinland-Pfalz.

Bürgerbeteiligung bei der Kommunal- und Verwaltungsreform in Rheinland-Pfalz

Häfner sprach über die Verwaltungsreform mit Einbindung der BürgerInnen in Rheinland Pfalz.  Gestartet wurde mit 5 Bürgerzukunftskonferenzen. 10.000 Interviews zu je 30 Minuten wurden in Rheinland-Pfalz durchgeführt. Das Ergebnis war, dass BürgerInenn prinizipiell zufrieden sind, es zeichnete sich jedoch der Wunsch nach mehr elektronischen Diensten ab. Bemägelt wurden zuviele zu komplexe Formulare. Gewünscht wurden landesweit einheitliche Formulare.