This “TED Timeout” episode features two great TED talks exploring taking the concepts of open source beyond the world of software and websites. Exploring how it could help to re-imagine the institutions and process of government with a model that allows everyone read access and a truly collaborative approach to policy development.
Why is there no interview this month? Fall on a farm is a busy time of year because, as always, winter is coming. I wasn’t sure an episode would make it out for September as I’ve been busy baling hay, stacking firewood and getting a number of other projects wrapped up before that is the case. These two TED talks re-enforce the concepts brought up in recent episodes like Civic Innovation & Government Geeks or Abundant Maker Driven Culture that will have to tide you over until the next interview is done.
- TED Talk: Beth Noveck – Demand a more open source government
What can governments learn from the open-data revolution? In this stirring talk, Beth Noveck, the former deputy CTO at the White House, shares a vision of practical openness — connecting bureaucracies to citizens, sharing data, creating a truly participatory democracy. Imagine the “writable society”…
- TED Talk: Clay Shirkey – How the Internet will (one day) transform government
The open-source world has learned to deal with a flood of new, oftentimes divergent, ideas using hosting services like GitHub — so why can’t governments? In this rousing talk Clay Shirky shows how democracies can take a lesson from the Internet, to be not just transparent but also to draw on the knowledge of all their citizens. Clay Shirky argues that the history of the modern world could be rendered as the history of ways of arguing, where changes in media change what sort of arguments are possible — with deep social and political implications.
- CCMixter.org Music: Open Source Ecology by Alex Beroza and Project Question