Category Archives: Emergent Future Themes

Rise of the Non-Traditional Web Worker

Micro-tasking, crowdsourcing and distributed work over the Web will enable traditionally excluded groups, such as the elderly, the poor, the rural, and the stay-at-home parent to stay active and engaged in the economy. Dawn suggested how online networking will allow … Continue reading

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Rewarding social engagement

There has been a fascinating conversation about the motives and interests of both citizens and civil servants. Wissam suggested creating “long tail” incentives for civil servants to do good, long term work (as opposed to short term optimisation).   User Rainertrust thought … Continue reading

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What will citizens expect in the future?

IT has increased consumer expectations of the speed and capabilities of their environment.  From “Smart Fridges” to “Mass Customization”, a new generation of citizens may expect instant, personal and highly involved service. Is this realistic?  Is it even desirable?  User Deon … Continue reading

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Gaming Governance

It goes to figure that when you’re playing a game to reimagine governance, the topic of using game elements in government is going to come up. What surprised me is the range of different ways game mechanics can be applied … Continue reading

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Privatisation versus Public Goods

Many players are suggesting that government give up responsibility for public services to other actors. Suggestions for who these should be range from individual citizens, to citizen groups and coalitions, from private corporations to automatic services.  There are significant risks and … Continue reading

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Incentivizing Civic Engagement

There are a lot of great ideas being generated in this game, and most of these ideas are asking for citizens to actively participate. Eleos asks what is the incentive here?   Prana.humbly, Samgta, and many others suggest financial incentives. … Continue reading

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Major Themes: The First 9.5 Hours

Players have not only been reaching Warp speeds for idea generation, but we’ve covered an incredible range of topics. After 9.5 hours, here’s a small sample of some major themes that have captured our attention. Boundaries between public and private … Continue reading

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Where to, Transparency?

The concept of transparency in government is almost assumed these days. But how is this playing out here, on Connected Citizens? For some it means getting access to raw data, from spreadsheets, real-time video feeds, or pricing, whether in education, … Continue reading

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What is not private will be surveilled

Good discussions are ongoing about the boundaries of private and public space. Players have pointed out some of the dilemmas unfolding as a double move of more privitzation of public services occurs at the same time public space come under … Continue reading

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Libraries as Hubs for Civic Innovation

   “Democracies need libraries. An informed public constitutes the very foundation of a democracy; after all, democracies are about discourse—discourse among the people. If a free society is to survive, it must ensure the preservation of its records and provide … Continue reading

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