Thursday, December 2, 2010
Articles we found interesting the week of November 29, 2010

Gadi Ben-Yehuda



John Kamensky


  • Accountability cannot coerce competence. Harvard’s Bob Behn questions whether loud criticisms of failures will motivate greater accountability. . . . and if more accountability will actually lead to greater competence.
  • Our Budget, Our Economy. Obama’s Deficit Commission failed to reach a consensus on recommendations, but ordinary citizens were able to do so in a similar effort this past summer. Why could citizens resolve serious issues but politicians can’t? What were the lessons learned from the citizen-based effort? 
  • Using Web 2.0 to support collaboration. Russ Linden writes an insightful column describing four ways governments can use Web 2.0 to improve collaboration between employees, between agencies, between agencies and customers, and between sectors in society around big challenges. 


Dan Chenok




Business of Government Radio Show: Leaders Speak Series


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This week, the Center presents a conversation with government technology leaders on the intersection of technology and government mission.

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