Tag Archives: bureaucracies

The wandering economist: in Amsterdam with Geoff Mulgan, in Rome with Beth Noveck

Back on the road. I ended last week with a presentation of my work at the Complex Social Networks at the European University Institute, in Florence: now I am in Berlin, to prepare the programme of WOMEX 2011.

This week I look forward to two more great opportunities for learning and exchange. On Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th I shall be in Amsterdam for the SIX Spring School on Social Innovation. I have the honor of opening the second day: my friends in SIX set up an interview session in which I am expected to talk about online public policies. They are particularly interested in the Kublai story, which illustrates the extraordinary opportunity that the social web brings to policy makers but also the challenges it poses to administrations, often procedure-oriented and not always able to keep pace with emergent network social dynamics. The interviewer will be no less than Geoff Mulgan, the thinker who is thought to have inspired the recent wave of European policy on social innovation. Formerly at the Young Foundation, Geoff was recently appointed to lead NESTA, the leading British think tank on public policy innovation. I am very curious to meet him.

On Thursday 26th I will be in Rome, at the Italian Senate, to participate in the event on Open democracy and networked government of Fondazione Zefiro (info and registration). I am really looking forward to finally meeting in person Beth Noveck, ex deputy CIO of the White House; she and I have been talking on the wire for a year now. Beth and I will deliver the two keynotes of the day.

And then back home! I wonder if Milan is still where I left it… 🙂