What does “yes we can” really mean? Obama’s goal wasn’t simply to win an election, garner votes, or run a great campaign. It was larger and more urgent: to change the world. Bigness of purpose is what separates 20th century and 21st century organizations: yesterday, we built huge corporations to do tiny, incremental things — tomorrow, we […]
Thank you America. I think you might just have changed the way people think about politics.
I’m at BarCampUKGovWeb today about how Government could best use technology and set itself up so that other people can use their data too. Best thing I’ve found out about so far is Farmsubsidy.org. I’ve long thought the CAP is absolutely bonkers, but these guys prove just how crazy (and secretive) the system is.
The guys at Demos (where I used to work and remain an associate) have put together a great little video explaining the idea of ‘everyday democracy’. I keep on meaning to post about the controversy about party funding. More soon…
I just wandered into a bookshop in SF where Carl Bernstein was giving a talk. One half of the Watergate team, Bernstein has just published a biography of Hillary Clinton. I haven’t read it, but I will do now. He was very good. According to most Dems I’ve met on this trip, the political debate […]
Steven Johnson links to a feature about America’s generation Y increasingly starting up businesses. Some really interesting stuff in there. Generation Y, born between 1977 and 1994, may well be on its way to becoming the most entrepreneurial generation in our nation’s history — and for very good reasons. They took their baby steps during our first […]
David Miliband gave an interesting speech at a Google event yesterday which puts him firmly into the tiny group of politicians who ‘get’ what’s now happening with the internet.
Gordon Brown is in a fairly unique situation in that he knows that he will be Prime Minister in six weeks time. Normally in the UK, leaders become Prime Ministers overnight. So how about using the advance notice to get people to apply for Cabinet posts and opening up the process a bit? It might […]
Just a thought for all the coalition negotiations that are going on this weekend in Scotland and Wales following the elections — why don’t they video their meetings and make them available on the web afterwards? It would be really interesting to see how they’re done and demystify the secretive world of backroom political deal making.
Stop, collaborate and listen. Demos have a new collection out today called The Collaborative State. I’ve got two pieces in there: One on the online response to Hurricane Katrina (co-authored with Niamh) and another about how Government can use online collaborative tools more generally called Flesh, steel and Wikipedia (written with Molly). Simon and Catherine […]