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First POST: Weird Nerds

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, March 19 2014

The NSA can collect a whole country's phone conversations (not just metadata); Edward Snowden gets his 15 minutes of TED fame; the evolving etiquette of quoting public Tweets; and much, much more. Read More

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Social Change Is What Happens When You're Busy Making Other Plans

BY Jessica McKenzie | Tuesday, November 19 2013

Cover image courtesy of Ken Banks

During his time as a fellow at Stanford University in 2007, Ken Banks noticed a growing number of students going to school to study social innovation and social entrepreneurship. “Then they leave the gates of the building and go 'Right, what can I fix?'”

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Is Crowdfunding's New "It Girl" Creating a Generation of Citizen Philanthropists?

BY Jessica McKenzie | Friday, August 16 2013

“I went on a shopping spree in July and spent four million dollars on girls and women,” Maz Kessler says proudly. As the founder and creative director of Catapult, a start-up nonprofit organization that helps development projects for women and girls get funding, she has every reason to boast. Catapult, a crowdfunding site that insists on transparency and engagement with donors, is one of several organizations changing the world of philanthropy. Launched on the first International Day of the Girl, in October 2012, the start-up has already seen impressive results.

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In Kansas City, "Innovation" Means Modern Government and a Modest Budget

BY Sam Roudman | Monday, April 8 2013

Kansas City. Photo: Out.of.Focus / Flickr

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Pulling itself out from under the weight of America's economic downturn, Kansas City has done what a handful of other cities have also done in recent years: Hired a "chief innovation officer" responsible for ushering in a leaner, modernized city administration. The broad strokes are the same, but looking at Kansas City shows that "innovation" means different things in different cities. Read More

Megaupload: Will Anti-Piracy Efforts Have a "Chilling Effect" on Innovation?

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, January 26 2012

ThePirateBay Dancing is one example of an innovation in "circumvention technology," or, for some, in piracy.

With the founder of Megaupload, Kim Dotcom, denied bail in a New Zealand court, it's a tough time to be in the file-sharing business. Read More

In Boston, City Hall Pursues Innovation In-House

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, April 21 2011

Nigel Jacob, co-chair of the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics. Photo: Nick Judd / techPresident

Cities across the country seek to lay the groundwork for innovative third parties to build on, based on the premise that city government is too inflexible or narrow-minded to be the best host for ground-breaking work. ... Read More

On Innovation, Social Change and Tech: TechSoup is Stirring the Pot

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, April 12 2011

Back in February, about 200 people gathered at Microsoft's Silicon Valley campus for an unusual gathering of non-profit leaders, funders, corporate donors, social media experts, capacity-building organizations and other ... Read More

In Search of Ideas: How Counties and Towns are Trying to Tap Citizens' Smarts

BY Nick Judd | Friday, March 18 2011

Photo: Salady / Flickr

Karen Wilkerson is the city administrator for tiny De Leon, Tex., and her job won't be getting any easier anytime soon. Like localities across the country, De Leon, a town of 2,433 as of the 2000 U.S. Census, is losing ... Read More

"Startup America" Starts Up

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, January 31 2011

The Obama White House is today kicking off "Startup America," campaign that the White House says is intended to advance the future-winning goals Obama detailed in his State of the Union address last Tuesday by, ... Read More

More on Gov't Innovation: The Elizabeth Warren Paradox

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, September 10 2010

A source with extremely relevant in-government experience writes in with great points of context for this post of mine Challenge.gov from earlier today, on why innovation and government might not go hand in hand. Here's ... Read More