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It is 1943 and two scientists are hard at work. One is Willem Kolff, the other is Robert Oppenheimer; one the father of artificial organs, the other the mastermind of the atomic bomb. Thousands of miles between Kolff’s research center in a small Medieval Dutch town and Oppenheimer’s top-secret laboratory in a hidden Los Alamos plateau, the... Read More

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Whenever talking about governments in China, it's quite easy for friends from western leading democracies to think of words like "undemocratic" or "totalitarian." Indeed, I cannot argue these tags are absolutely wrong. However, as a Chinese student having worked in local governance innovation, especially in the education arena, I witnessed the... Read More

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In 2015, the City of San José, CA joined a growing list of US cities implementing a Vision Zero initiative, which aims to reduce traffic fatalities to zero through education, enforcement and engineering. During the same year, there were 60 traffic related fatalities in San Jose, the highest annual total in more than 20 years. With a population... Read More

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Data-driven policy. Managing for results. Evidence-based programming. We hear these phrases in the policy community constantly but what do they mean? And, when did this drive for evidence become so popular among social scientists and policymakers? The policy community uses all three phrases above to refer to data collection systems that allow... Read More

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When you think of human-centered design, you may not immediately think of the US federal government utilizing such a progressive approach, but it is starting to take hold. Human-centered design is the process of improving the delivery of services or a product by focusing on the needs of the customer. Problem-solving is therefore approached from... Read More