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Please join us for the final Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity brown bag this semester.
Erik Johnston, associate professor in the School of Public Affairs, will present.
Recently, there has been a spate of programs created by governmental and non-governmental organizations that explore the use of challenge platforms to encourage the development of increased participation of the public. In the last year, Arizona State University has been involved with two high profile challenge platforms with a public intent. The first is a university-wide challenge platform called 10,000 Solutions. This platform is similar to the U.S. General Service Administration’s Challenge.gov, a participatory platform that incorporates user contributions to cultivate solutions to challenges in the areas of science, economy, security, and personal wellbeing. ASU’s second challenge platform with a public intent is a collaboration with the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy to design a national policy proposal competition in response to their Startup America Policy Challenge. The Policy Challenge asked students, faculty, practitioners and the general public to propose innovative, viable and actionable plans for administrative change to be implemented at the U.S. Dept. of Education, Energy or Health & Human Services. Governance challenge platforms can create novel pathways for citizen participation, increase openness of governance activities and increase both the effectiveness and legitimacy of the governing organization. However, like other information and communication technology applications to government, the potential of this new medium is largely speculative and is grounded in little empirical support. This talk will explore our efforts at designing, administering, and studying these platforms.
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