Author Archives: Anthony Townsend

Welcome Boing Boing Readers

Many of you are arriving by way of Boing Boing, where our colleague David Pescovitz has posted a nice write-up on Connected Citizens. With just about an hour-and-a-half to go you’d better get going adding your micro-forecasts, provocations and insights … Continue reading

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Latest Update: 4400+ cards Played By 385+ Players

Even as our research team starts gearing up to analyze the pile of micro-forecasts and provocations that have been posted – some 4418 as of 8:00 am PST, new issues and debates are still burning. Sparked by a concern about … Continue reading

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One Last Push Into the Future of Connected Citizenship: 6 Hours Left to Play!

It’s been a frenzied 18 hours of massively collaborative forecasting. We’re well over 2,000 cards played, with hundreds of participants weighing in from more than three dozen countries. (Update: As of 7:30am PST 23 January, we have had participants from … Continue reading

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Even Bigger Ideas About the Future of Citizenship

As good as some of the ideas about reinventing government services that have been played are, the truly innovative thinking in our little virtual futures salon is happening around the future of citizenship. And what’s fascinating is that as much … Continue reading

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Big Ideas About the Future of Government

It’s still too early to tell what all of this idea generation, foresight sharing and insight tagging will add up, but a couple of themes are starting to emerge from my explorations of the nearly 1000 cards that have been … Continue reading

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It Takes The Whole World to Make a Good Forecast

For the more than 18 months since we first came up with the idea of throwing a 24-hour, no-holds-barred Foresight Engine brainstorm on the future of citizenship and government, our hopes for engaging a global audience were high. Less than … Continue reading

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First Glimpses of the Future of Connected Citizenship

Connected Citizens is underway and already our citizen-forecasters have risen to the occaision. In just the first half-hour, we’ve seen some novel ideas, feasible innovations in the next decade: MR points out how Iceland opened up its constitutional re-writing process … Continue reading

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Filling the Cracks in a Shrinking Public Sector

The wave of fiscal austerity that has swept across Europe and the United States in the last several years has created a challenging environment for local leaders – tax revenues are shriking, national stimulus funds are a distant memory, layoffs … Continue reading

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Smart Cities: Crucibles of Citizen-Government Co-creation

“What if mayors ruled the world?” asked political scientist Ben Barber in a recent Long Now talk in San Francisco. All over the world, local governments have stepped to (or been pushed to) the forefront of innovation in government and the delivery of … Continue reading

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