University of Chicago Law School: Chicago Unbound Could the future of public land use control lie, quite literally, in the hands of the public? Local governments have increasingly embraced new technologies like smartphone apps and online interfaces for involving constituents …

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Disintermediation refers to the process of “cutting out the middle man” — reducing the number of links in the supply chain by eliminating certain functions. If you’ve ever tried to sell a home yourself rather than using a real estate …

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The “Commentariolus” (“Little Commentary”) is Nicolaus Copernicus‘s forty-page outline of an early version of his revolutionary heliocentric theory of the universe Copernicus wrote the “Commentariolus” some time before 1514 and circulated copies to his friends and colleagues. It thus became known among Copernicus’s contemporaries, though …

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  4 Unique Approaches to Government Crowdsourcing www.govexec.com The growing interest in “engaging the crowd” to identify or develop innovative solutions to public problems has been inspired by wildly successful efforts in the commercial world to design innovative consumer products …

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Our Opportunity to Remake Government From DailyCrowdsource.com Most governments face a similar set of pressures – less revenue, growing deficits, tough-to- crack social problems, eroding public trust and legitimacy. Anyone familiar with how crowdsourcing has helped business and NGOs to …

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HB2254 directed LCDC to craft administrative rules to implement a new method for UGB amendment. This special news post provides easy access discussion. This post is open to registered users for comments. The rulemaking may get so complicated that it …

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Could I be right and the whole country wrong? Or, is it better to reflect on The First Snowfall in St. Paul?  

Crowdsource Oregon Land Use wiki now has a project page for alternative rule makers who want to write implementing rules for HB2254. Look for a contest announcement.

Beth Noveck, the former deputy CTO at the White House, shares a vision of practical openness — connecting bureaucracies to citizens, sharing data, creating a truly participatory democracy. (17 min.)