A New City O/S: Unlocking Data for Public Good with Stephen Goldsmith

February 7, 2019

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Please join former mayor and Harvard professor Stephen Goldsmith as we discuss "distributed governance", a model that allows public officials to mobilize new resources, surface ideas and data from unconventional sources, and arm employees with the information they need to become pre-emptive problem solvers. When we last hosted Professor Goldsmith, he had written The Responsive City at the genesis of the Civic Tech Movement. His latest book, A New City O/S now looks at what can be done when you have open, collaborative, and distributed governance.

At a time when trust is dropping precipitously and American government at the national level has fallen into a state of long-term, partisan-based gridlock, local government can still be effective—indeed more effective and even more responsive to the needs of its citizens. Professor Goldsmith proposes a new operating system for cities based on the premise of unlocking data. You won't want to miss this one.

Professor Goldsmith is the Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and the Director of the Innovations in American Government Program at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He currently directs Data-Smart City Solutions, a project to highlight local government efforts to use new technologies that connect breakthroughs in the use of big data analytics with community input to reshape the relationship between government and citizen. He previously served as Deputy Mayor of New York and Mayor of Indianapolis, where he earned a reputation as one of the country's leaders in public-private partnerships, competition, and privatization. Stephen was also the chief domestic policy advisor to the George W. Bush campaign in 2000, the Chair of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the district attorney for Marion County, Indiana from 1979 to 1990.

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