InnovateNow.us: Crowdsourcing approach in government

Recently, I came across several examples of active crowdsourcing approaches in government. This week on GovTech.com, InnovateNow.us was introduced: A crowdsourcing approach in cooperation between the Chicago Chamber of Commerce and Illinois Department of Economic Opportunity “to determine how to increase the public transit ridership and reduce greenhouse gas emission”. More than 180,000 people have registered on the website so far. A $5,000 reward will be given to the person who suggests the best or most innovative solution:

Innovatenow.us

DoD is asking the public and interested professionals to weigh in to their efforts in redesigning their website: www.defense.gov. They actively solicit feedback and input on the new DoD Web 2.0 Guidance Forum:

DoD, Web 2.0 Guidance Forum

– DHS: Help us design our website:

DHS HelpUSDesignOurWebsite

– UK: Questions to MPs and Members of the House of Lord

UK Parliament Ask US

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About Ines Mergel

I am Full Professor of Public Administration at the Department of Politics and Public Administration at University of Konstanz, Germany. Previously, I served as Assistant and then Associate Professor (with tenure) at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, NY. In my research, I focus on informal social networks in the public sector and the adoption and diffusion of digital service innovations in government organizations. I teach classes on social media management, digital government, public management, and social network analysis.

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