Power to the Public: The Promise of Public Interest Technology

Cover Art for 9780691207759, Power to the Public: The Promise of Public Interest Technology by Tara Dawson McGuinness, Hana Schank
ISBN: 9780691207759
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Published: 13 April, 2021
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
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As the speed and complexity of the world increases, governments and nonprofit organisations need new ways to effectively tackle the critical challenges of our time — from pandemics and global warming to social media warfare. In Power to the Public, Tara Dawson McGuinness and Hana Schank describe a revolutionary new approach — public interest technology — that has the potential to transform the way governments and nonprofits around the world solve problems. Through inspiring stories about successful projects ranging from a texting service for teenagers in crisis to a streamlined foster care system, the authors show how public interest technology can make the delivery of services to the public more effective and efficient. At its heart, public interest technology means putting users at the center of the policymaking process, using data and metrics in a smart way, and running small experiments and pilot programs before scaling up. And while this approach may well involve the innovative use of digital technology, technology alone is no panacea—and some of the best solutions may even be decidedly low-tech. Clear-eyed yet profoundly optimistic, Power to the Public presents a powerful blueprint for how government and nonprofits can help solve society’s most serious problems.

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