Open innovation ISDT 2011

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Slides from talk given at International School on Digital Transformation, Porto, Portugal, July 18, 2011

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Open innovation ISDT 2011

  1. 1. Derek Lackaff, Ph. D.<br />Elon University<br />Gary Chapman International School on Digital Transformation<br />Porto, Portugal, July 18, 2011<br />Open Innovation as Digital Democracy<br />Emerging approaches to collaborative governance<br />@lackaff #isdt2011<br />
  2. 2. In most contemporary democracies ... the representative relationship is in chronic disrepair. There is a pervasive sense that politicians and the people they represent inhabit different worlds, speak mutually incomprehensible languages and fail to respect one another (Coleman & Blumler, 2009)<br />
  3. 3. Key Issues<br />Need to pursue emerging opportunities<br />Multiple modes of online civic engagement<br />Experiments and case studies<br />Challenges are socio-political and socio-technical<br />
  4. 4. Agenda<br />Critique of online deliberative democracy<br />Overview of open online political innovation<br />Challenges and opportunities<br />Preliminary recommendations<br />
  5. 5. The gold standard?<br />Deliberative Democracy<br />
  6. 6. Democratic Deliberation<br />“process of directed communication whereby people discuss concerns in a reasonable, conscientious, and open manner, with intent of arriving at a decision” (Schuler, 2010)<br />Structured and (more or less) formal<br />Ideal outcomes?<br />
  7. 7. “The Timidity of Deliberative Democracy”<br />“..practices designed to present finished work of institutional professionals, spark public opinion, and keep peace among neighbors” – not to improve decision making<br />“… the reality of deliberation is that it is toothless.”<br />(Novek, 2009)<br />
  8. 8. Mediated deliberation<br />Most citizens are political “lurkers” who monitor government but are not actively involved<br />Mediated deliberative democracy potentially crosses boundaries of time, distance, and social scale – diversity of viewpoints is key<br />Online deliberation platforms increase engagement. i.e. turn lurkers into participants?<br />
  9. 9. Online Deliberation Challenges<br />Time-consuming<br />Formal / confusing<br />“Payoffs” less than effort expended<br />Limited support from governments<br />(Schuler, 2010)<br />Deliberation systems demand diversity, but often unable to engage across digital divides<br />
  10. 10. Noveck’s Proposal: Open and Collaborative Democracy<br />Collaboration is crucial, but not yet well-understood<br />Medium / platform matters<br />Egalitarian<br />(Noveck, 2009)<br />
  11. 11. Collaboration<br />Participation is more than voting or attending town hall meetings<br />New tools enable collaboration, in the sense of open source<br />Deliberation and collaboration are different forms of participatory practice<br />Collaboration is ad hoc, emergent, and user-driven<br />
  12. 12. Medium Matters<br />Online social interaction has technical and design components<br />Platforms need to reflect groups work back to itself<br />Identify appropriate practice and embed in the code<br />Ratings, reputations, etc.<br />Open experimentation and sharing<br />
  13. 13. Egalitarian<br />Mass participation: voting<br />Need to provide multiple types of participation opportunities<br />Recognize different types of interest and expertise<br />Egalitarian mass participation: Wikipedia<br />
  14. 14. Web User Practice<br />With a few exceptions, social web participation is open, user-directed, and granular<br />Click<br />Consume<br />Produce<br />Formal deliberative rhetoric vs. multimodal, citizen directed participation<br />What are the ways in which online civic participation can meet citizens where they are?<br />How do we make online civic participation banal?<br />
  15. 15. Crowds aren’t wise, but networked individuals are effective.<br />Open Innovation<br />
  16. 16. Open innovation<br />Emerging approach to online civic engagement<br />Focus is on idea generation, rather than consensus building<br />Worth examination as an engagement and participation approach in itself<br />In practice, many benefits of deliberation (more informed opinions, etc) can be realized through open innovation processes<br />
  17. 17. Definitional issues<br />Wisdom of crowds<br />Crowdsourcing<br />Open innovation<br />
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  21. 21. Open Innovation Platforms<br />
  22. 22. Open Innovation in Practice<br />Integrates well with everyday citizen behavior<br />Allows for emergent agendas<br />
  23. 23. Critiques, challenges, opportunities<br />
  24. 24. Critiques and challenges overview<br />Socio-political<br />Policy interfaces / interconnects<br />Socio-technical<br />Identity<br />Cascade effects<br />
  25. 25. “Participation Theater”<br />To what extent is the online process connected to action?<br />Not just an “online” problem, but citizen participation is often a sham<br />“Earn badges” or influence policy?<br />
  26. 26. Technical Challenges<br />User identity management<br />Cascade effects in voting<br />Duplication of ideas<br />Others?<br />
  27. 27. Open Government Directive Dialogue<br />Summer 2009, public invited to engage with Obama’s transparency memo, http://opengov.ideascale.com/<br />
  28. 28. #FAIL?<br />4,000 users, 1,100 ideas<br />Trolled by WorldNetDaily<br />Top ideas about America’s drug prohibitions (rather than open government)<br />Savvy early participants left site after first week<br />Brought new participants into policy discussions<br />
  29. 29. America Speaking Out<br />May 2010<br />
  30. 30. #FAIL<br />
  31. 31. #EPICFAIL<br />“Last week, the top five entries in the "Liberty and Freedom" category were: ban handguns, "drop the idea that we're a 'Christian' country," declare abortion "none of the government's business," allow gays to serve openly in the military and legalize marijuana.<br />Republican leaders mentioned none of these when they began highlighting proposals from the project. Instead, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., called for numerous spending cuts, including canceling unspent stimulus dollars and freezing government pay raises.”<br />"It's not a 'top vote gets in’ deal.”<br />HuffPo, 6/20/10<br />
  32. 32. Open Innovation as Digital Governance: Manor, TX<br />
  33. 33. Manor Labs<br />October 2009<br />Partnership with Spigit, PeaceDot<br />42 ideas and 2 implementations 1st month<br />3,700 participants, 91 ideas, 780 posts<br />10 ideas to final stage, 6 implemented<br />Auto-billing, more online city resources, etc.<br />More complex ideas aborted or unfinished<br />
  34. 34. Open Innovation as Collaborative Democracy: Icelandic Skugga-sites<br />nothing<br />
  35. 35. Best Party campaign<br />January 2010<br />
  36. 36. Skuggaborg<br />Invited policy proposals via an open innovation website<br />Each party given a “branded” section of the site<br />~1,200 users registered, mostly to participate In the Best Party section<br />
  37. 37. Better Reykjavik<br />After winning the election, Best Party asked for new section of site to inform coalition negotiations<br />5,000 participants, 800 priorities debated<br />Best Party took top priorities and added them to their platform, e.g.<br />Send siblings to the same schools<br />Make swimming pools more accessible for families<br />Improvements to parks and green spaces<br />Create website for citizens to submit neighborhood repair notices<br />Reykjavik now has commissioned new site (tentatively “New and Better Reykjavik”)<br />
  38. 38. Recommendations<br />
  39. 39. Citizen Self Interest<br />Open political innovation platforms work best when participation is self-interested<br />Collaboration based on multiple strengths<br />Ex: SeeClickFix<br />
  40. 40. Appropriate Scale<br />Consider the size and type of population you want to reach<br />What scales of participation are reasonable and necessary to achieve goals?<br />Design to engage broader publics<br />
  41. 41. Consider policy interfaces<br />Top-down approach vs. bottom up<br />Legitimacy via attention<br />
  42. 42. Success Metrics<br />Participation numbers?<br />Policy implementations?<br />Ultimate goal: normalize online civic participation?<br />
  43. 43. Coming up: hands-on experimenting<br />Questions?<br />
  44. 44. Workshop Discussion<br />
  45. 45. http://isdt.yrpri.org<br />What are the priorities of ISDT 2011?<br />Short term?<br />Longer term?<br />What questionsdigital transformationneed further attention?<br />How can the social and technical challenges of open innovation processes be addressed?<br />How can interfaces between grassroots open innovation activism and official policy-making be developed?<br />

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