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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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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 –