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Government 2.0

The Big Idea for Thursday, April 24, 2014

Greece is the cradle of democracy--a revolutionary government system that, all these centuries later, we're still improving upon. Technology plays an important role today in fostering civic engagement. From American cities turning to crowdfunding to Greece running a program of "Wikilaws" to hear from citizens during a crisis that shook Europe, today's big idea explores government 2.0.


  1. 1 Crowdsourcing Government
    Big Think Editors Big Think @ GESF
  2. 2 Crowdfunding Cities
    Vann Alexandra Daly The Crowdsourceress
  3. 3 What Would Plato Think of Crowdsourcing?
    Big Think Editors Think Tank
  4. 4 The Wisdom of Crowds, Revisited
    Maria Konnikova Artful Choice

Government 2.0

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