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Smart Citizens for a Smarter State

By February 26, 2016 No Comments

In this video recorded at the RSA Professor Beth Simone Noveck talks about the ideas from her new book ‘Smart Citizens, Smarter State: The Technologies of Expertise and the Future of Governing’

Professor Noveck suggests that public decision making could be more effective and legitimate if government were smarter—if our institutions knew how to use technology to leverage citizens’ expertise. Just as individuals use only part of their brainpower to solve most problems, governing institutions make far too little use of the skills and experience of those inside and outside of government with scientific credentials, practical skills, and ground-level street smarts. New tools—what Beth Simone Noveck calls technologies of expertise—are making it possible to match the supply of citizen expertise to the demand for it in government.