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OpenGov Conversations: Alix Dunn & Julia Keseru of the Engine Room

The Hewlett Foundation has funded the Engine Room since 2014 for its Matchbox program, which provides partner organizations with support to use data and technology strategically and responsibly in pursuit of their goals. In this second OpenGov Conversation, I speak with the Engine Room’s co-founder, Alix Dunn, and Matchbox program director Julia Keseru.

OpenGov Conversations: Mark Cridge, CEO of mySociety

So much of civic technology, and indeed technology solutions in general, is built on faith rather than proof. As the sector has matured, expectations for success and pressure to deliver results has rightly become more intense.

[Review] Saving Capitalism

Anyone hoping for a reversal of the spiral of inequality has to answer two questions. First, what policies do you think would do the trick? Second, how would you get the political power to make those policies happen?

Still Seeking Better Conversations

I used to have conversations -- both with friends and strangers -- that were so engaging and enlightening that I would go home afterward and actually write in my journal to reflect on what we discussed. They were conversations that unfolded slowly, each person taking...

Aging is Shedding our Potential: Thoughts on Turning 36

I turned 36 yesterday -- a seemingly insignificant number, except that I've been reading through a journal I kept when I was 18 and I can't fathom how I'm now twice that age, or how I arrived to here from there. There are parts of my 18-year-old self that I struggle...

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