News, Stories & Essays

I'm a fan of technology, government, and interesting ideas. So I've been thinking about things, ranging from political philosophy and cities to data-driven policy and civic tech, and I have gotten the opportunity to travel around the world to see first-hand how public life everywhere is changing — which makes me excited about what's ahead.


Webinar for All Entrepreneurs: Working Smarter With Cities

How to Get into Government Work in 2021

Restoring Trust in Law Enforcement Through Better Data

What I've learned: Three Different Kinds of Civic Data

Let us Move Beyond Open Data Portals

Data-Driven Policy - San Francisco just showed us how it should work.

Open Data, Civic Engagement, and Delivery

Small (City) Pieces, Loosely Joined

Ubers as Ambulances?

Draft Ideas for “#PublicInnovation Academy” Courses

The Government Skills Gap

Keynote: From Social Innovation to Civic Startups

Keynote: Government is What *We* Make of It

Is the App Store the Right Metaphor for Civic Tech

City Government Technology and Innovation Models

Five trends to watch in

Building a GovTech Industry Family — The First Midwest GT Meetup

Push vs. Pull & the Opportunity for Automation in GovTech

21st Century Cities: A Primer

311 Inquiry, Machine Learning, and Automated Citizen Support

What I have learned from my many teachers

Alexa — let’s talk about open data standards

GovTech Sales Lessons Learned, 1/n — Pricing

Transparency: You cannot unring the bell.

In one picture — Why governments need CMOs…

Public Sentiments Toward Public Service?

TEDx: The Hack of the Century: Cities

Why We Do the Work.

Reconciling the Old and the New — America at the crossroads

Making Presentations from Spreadsheets

You Wouldn’t Understand Because You’re Not Actually a Public Servant!

Thoughts on what’s next for government innovation

How a City Can Build a Startup Pipeline

Engines of Civic Entrepreneurship

7 Tactics for 21st Century Cities

The Trumpet Summons Us Again

Things I’d like this GovGeek to talk about differently in 2016

Keynote: Disruption as a Public Service

Keynote: Reweaving the Fabric of the City with Data

Bowling Alone and Living with Others

The world deserves a better presentation software: my pitch

Angels in America - The American Tragedy

Connecting the dots - data & delivery

Building a Local Open Data Community

Talking through Cocktail Party Napkins

My Christmas wish for the open data community

Anchoring Open Data in the Community

My Year in LA

My friend Jake

Data in the City of Angels

What the US Digital Service should learn from Apple for Government as a Platform

Two Kinds of Empathy & the Gap in Public Sector Innovation

The power of a simple, little light

How John Dewey Played a Big Role in the 2008 Election

open data as a means with many ends

Reframing the conversation around open data

Putting the law in the palm of your hand

My favorite books of essays

Thinking Differently About Vacant Properties

Let’s build some infrastructure to make things matter even more.

On Boston, Politics, and the Arc of Civic Innovation

Looking at things in many different ways

Opening Data to Improve Public Health

What Kenya Reminded Me about Technology and the Liberal Arts