Online networks and emergence in public policy: homesteading the frontiers of governance


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Collaborative public policies spawned in the 2000s as an attempt to bring web 2.0 ways onto the public sector. Early experiments have been generally successful, but now some of the longest-running projects are faced with a fundamental tension between top-down directionality as implied by government action and the emergent character of networked social dynamics. This has very serious consequences on concepts like accountability and universality, and may be incompatible with organizing public institutions as Weberian bureaucracies. Complexity sciences supply a useful framework to think about these issues, though we still lack a proper theory of emergence in the social world.

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  • Esempi
  • Politiche di mesolivello: hanno come oggetto una modifica del comportamento e della struttura NON dei singoli, NON di tutta l’economia/società. Ma di mesostrutture emergenti che sono composte di molti individui che interagiscono tra di loro?
  • We all live in Max Weber’s great shadow
  • All of these people and a great many more are experts in the transition: they face it every day. Taken together, Europe’s young have an incredible wealth of knowledge and expertise about how to make that transition, and what kind of society would be amenable to it. The problem is that this knowledge is dispersed among people who do not know each other, and would never think to interact to pool it. If somebody were to make them come together, compare journeys, validate each other’s experience and learn from each other, then we would have the largest think tank of transition experts in the world. We intend to do that. [CLICK!]
  • Which is now the largest online school in Italy and has moved well beyond the scope of informatics. They now teach pretty much everything on a peer to peer basis. They have 9000 students which makes it a very large scale project. Their goal is to have every course , of every department , of every university in Italy on video for everyone to access. [CLICK]
  • We are thinking about a scalable social bargain. And what we mean by that is the following. The underlying promise of this platform, the reason people should engage at all on the platform itself is that there is a commitment from the European Commission and the Council of Europe to take the results of the exercise seriously. To respect it. And to this bargain its very easy to add other institutions that might want to participate : local governments, provincial governments, city councils etc. In fact, we are already in discussion with several of them who have expressed interest and would like to add their own commitment to tha of the European Commission and The Council of EUrope [CLICK] The social bargain underpinning our request for people to participate is very simple: if you write, we will read, and take you seriously. This makes it very easy for local and regional governments to join in, adding their promise to ours; and for third- or private sector organizations who think they have something to contribute (social innovators, lifestyle innovators, volunteer-driven organizations, providers of digital commons etc.) to reach out to their institutions.
  • Online networks and emergence in public policy: homesteading the frontiers of governance

    1. 1. Online networks and emergence in public policy:homesteading the frontiers of governanceAlberto Cottica
    2. 2. 2005: hey, that’s a cool tool!
    3. 3. Native support for groups AND conversation
    4. 4. Interaction + scale = emergent phenomena
    5. 5. Can we do mesolevel policy?
    6. 6. P2P assistance to creative business startup Launched spring 20083K users, 450 projects, tens of cool businesses!
    7. 7. but
    8. 8. The best ideas stay away from public funding
    9. 9. “Success breeds success” in main cities
    10. 10. Kublai Camp 2009 Kublai Camp 2011 administrative uncertainty starts “We don’t like the way you run things”
    11. 11. Did we get it wrong?
    12. 12. Policy needs to meet exogenous goals
    13. 13. Online networks steer by endogenous social dynamics
    14. 14. A fundamental tension: directedness vs. emergence
    15. 15. Policy as enabler: shaping the fitness landscape
    16. 16. For the frontier to keep advancing
    17. 17. There is a price to pay
    18. 18. Rethink government
    19. 19. Governance is not a machine
    20. 20. It is more like an ecosystem
    21. 21. (btw, rethink evaluation too)
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    23. 23. Youth from problem generation to explorers
    24. 24. The world’s largest policy think tank
    25. 25. Augmented ethnoghraphy
    26. 26. Scalable social bargain
    27. 27. Evolving software for policy making in networks
    28. 28. Thank you for listening :-)Alberto Cottica –