Same old mistakes

July 3, 2011

The World Economic Forum has recently published a ‘Future of Government‘ report. What is disappointing with the report is that whilst they manage to raise a chapter on ‘New Government Requires New Measurements: Metrics of Government Transformation’ and another on ‘Benchmarking Public Value from the Perspective of Citizens’, there’s nothing particularly dynamic or new. Even more disappointing is that the authorities behind the report, the  members of the Global Agenda Council on the Future of Government include Jane Fountain, Gregory Curtin and Beth Noveck.

A wasted opportunity.


Open government, really?

June 22, 2011

Since Professor Beth Noveck, whose book Wikigovernment I recently covered,  is now advising the UK government regarding open government I thought it useful to mention her recent report to the Canadian government which a colleague in the CLG kindly sent me (thanks William!).

In the report, Noveck promotes the US version of open government, which the President has more recently slashed the funding for, which, as I cynically said to William, was possibly the reason why she was over here promoting it. However she does offer ten principles for open government in the document, that are based on her experience of working for the White House, and are worth considering.