Earlier this month Senegal discovered another 1.5 billion barrels of oil off its coast. Will the revenue reduce Senegal’s poverty or increase the cost of luxury condos in Montreal?
When I visit my infinity place I will recall a quote by Benjamin Franklin: “Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.”
Zadie Smith takes up the cause of reformist development experts by illustrating the importance of local context and constant adaptation.
Over the past two years, I’ve read up on all of these different personality frameworks to come to a better understanding of myself, how I differ from others, and how they are likely to perceive me. The most helpful framework is the one surrounded by the most psuedo-scientific, mystical woo-woo: the Enneagram.
We’d prefer civic pride over civic tech. But, in the meantime, surveilling our public service providers may be worth the tradeoff.
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.
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.