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The “SDG Accelerator #PolicyHack” is a hackathon that will focus specifically on one Sustainable Development Goal: achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. The event will bring together people of diverse backgrounds including executive directors, students, entrepreneurs, diplomats, politicians, representatives of international organizations, academic institutions, think... Read More

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Structural changes to the United States’ labor market over the past three decades has led to a persistent middle-skills job gap. Employers are struggling to fill jobs that require more education and training than a high school diploma, but less than a four-year tertiary degree. One major barrier to building a talent pipeline to fill those gaps is the need to be able to accurately predict... Read More

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By watching a movie on Netflix, chatting with Siri, or even driving past one of the autonomous vehicles roaming the streets, we are interacting with forms of artificial intelligence (AI) on a near daily basis. AI — the programming or training of a computer to do tasks typically reserved for human intelligence — will soon permeate the ways we interact with our government, too. In my new... Read More

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The Republic of Panama is rightly known for our newly expanded canal, being an important hub for global commerce, producing world-class athletes, and being a great place to visit. What is generally not known as widely is that we are also making tremendous progress in innovating citizen services in a variety of ways including our Citizen Services Center or 311, as non-emergency assistance... Read More

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According to the UN Refugee Agency, conflict and wars in the past few decades have forced 65.6 million people from their homes, especially the Syrian conflict in recent years. However, most Syrian refugees are not in camps but are in urban areas and fall outside of the... Read More

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The Connecticut Green Bank is the winner of the 2017 Innovations in American Government Award from the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School. In 2011, Governor Dannel Malloy and Connecticut’s General Assembly established the country’s first state green bank. Their aim was to spend wisely, create jobs, lower energy costs, and realize cleaner, cheaper... Read More

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The California Citizens Redistricting Commission is the winner of the 2017 Roy and Lila Ash Innovation Award for Public Engagement in Government from the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School. Like most states, the once-a-decade process of drawing new legislative boundaries in California was hardly an exercise in participatory democracy. The... Read More

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In 2011, the Louisville Metro Government launched its Open Data Portal. There were two main reasons for the launch. One was the election of Mayor Greg Fischer, who was determined to better use data to drive performance improvement and transparency in government. The second was pressure from the local civic tech community, which had lobbied the metro government for years to make its data... Read More

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Blockchain is the new policymaking frontier — we said that in the fall. Today, it seems truer than ever. China may soon have the first government-backed digital money. Dubai is building a “city on a blockchain.” The Republic of Georgia is now securing land titles on blockchain. Malta is on top of it too — the island country is exploring a national health registry built on blockchain. Sure... Read More

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If you were a small country with a population of 1.26 million, a former republic of the Soviet Union, how would you drive your country’s future? That was the question Estonia faced in 1991. The answer it chose was technological revolution. When Estonia became independent after the fall of the Soviet Union, less than half the country had a telephone line. Its infrastructure dated back to... Read More

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The Chilean government’s innovation lab — Laboratorio de Gobierno, or “LabGob” for short — was formally established in 2015. Since then, it has worked with thousands of civil servants and citizens in Chile, using an iterative, human-centered design approach to tackle problems in health care, energy, and more. Emily Middleton spoke to its founding Executive Director, Juan Felipe López... Read More

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In working towards the Sustainable Development Goals, the Bangladesh government has embraced the idea of “govprenuership” — entrepreneurship by the government — which allowed for collaboration with organizations and parties that were working on some of the same issues with which the government was actively engaged. One result of this collaborative effort was the a2i Public Service... Read More

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