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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Openness and collaboration in responding to public policy challenges

Further to the comment here on Sunday about the public good of information sharing, anyone interested in pushing culture change in government in the direction of greater openness and increased citizen participation should snap up a container load of "Wikinomics:How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything" by Don Tapscott and Anthony Williams.

Some at the 2020 Summit were leading the charge on this one.Will ministers and public service leaders follow?

From the introduction:
"Leaders must think differently about how to compete and be profitable, and embrace a new art and science of collaboration we call wikinomics. This is more than open source, social networking, so-called crowdsourcing, smart mobs, crowd wisdom, or other ideas that touch upon the subject. Rather, we are talking about deep changes in the structure and modus operandi of the corporation and our economy, based on new competitive principles such as openness, peering, sharing, and acting globally."

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