Congratulations to Benjamin Skowera, Winner of the Economist-InnoCentive Transparency Challenge

Posted by Connie French on Apr 12, 2012 3:29:34 PM

In late March, we announced the winner of the Economist-InnoCentive Transparency Challenge.  Benjamin Skowera, an associate at SEI Investments presented his solution at the Ideas Economy: Innovation event on March 28th in Berkeley, California. The InnoCentive Challenge, which attracted more than 600 problem Solvers and received more than 115 submissions on the InnoCentive website, asked participants to identify an emerging technology or a national or global information platform and propose an innovative way to use this resource to motivate governments to engage in productive and open discourse with citizens.  Below is a video of Benjamin and Matthew Bishop, US Business editor and New York Bureau Chief for the Economist discussing Benjamin's winning solution at The Economist's Ideas Economy: Innovation 2012 event in Berkeley, California.

The winning solution proposed a four-part approach based on currently available technologies used in online dating, social networking and other applications.  First, a survey would gather data about a users’ political values. Second, a framework would be created to enable policy analysts to provide analyses, in a transparent and quantitative manner, about how a piece of legislation will impact various issues. Third, by combining these two pieces of information, a metric dashboard would be created to help a user identify how well the government is representing them and how each piece of legislation may impact their values. Finally, by using a social networking model and the users’ political values information, the application helps connect users with people that share their values and enable them to organize quickly and more effectively. By combining these aspects, this application has the potential to drive transparency, political action, and create an open discourse with government through improved education of the public.

Topics: Solvers, Challenges, Seekers

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