www.jer.design/favorites — on this page I share my favorite links such as podcasts, apps, links, websites, products, fonts, services, playlists, projects and more. Your can search, filter by topic or submit your favorite link. Work in progress, constantly adding more.

My Favorite Governance Links

Martin Jordan, Head of Service Design at the Government Digital Service, gives a great overview of the state of design in government in his blog post Exploring emerging design for government.

I have a Twitter list with people involved in policy, governance and civic tech.

Sidewalk Labs

Sidewalk Labs

Lab combining people-centered urban design with cutting-edge technology — funded by Alphabet

Lab combining people-centered urban design with cutting-edge technology — funded by Alphabet

Sidewalk Labs is designing a district in Toronto’s Eastern Waterfront to tackle the challenges of urban growth, working in partnership with the tri-government agency Waterfront Toronto and the local community. This joint effort, called Sidewalk Toronto, aims to make Toronto the global hub for urban innovation.

Cities are about people. Whenever we improve the human experience, we improve the city. Therefore we seek to combine forward thinking-urban design and cutting-edge technology to radically improve urban life, in Toronto and around the world.

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November 7, 2019

International Design in Government

International Design in Government

Community of international designers working in, for and with governments across the world

Community of international designers working in, for and with governments across the world

In 2017, the Government Digital Service established the international design in government community. A community of international designers working in, for and with governments across the world.

The international design in government community has grown to over 1200 members from over 58 countries over the past two years. The community developed online via a mailing list, Slack and monthly calls.

In summer 2018, 220 community members from 26 countries came together in London to exchange ideas, create connections, and find opportunities for collaboration at the first International Design in Government Conference.

In 2019, there will be various international events organised by community members. Learn more about the 2019 events in this blog post.

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August 16, 2019

Policy, Gov & Ciciv Tech Tweeps

Policy, Gov & Ciciv Tech Tweeps

Tweeps to follow in policy, gov & civic tech

Tweeps to follow in policy, gov & civic tech

My personal Twitter list.

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November 7, 2019

KGSt

KGSt

Gemeinschaftsstelle entwickelt Empfehlungen, Konzepte und Lösungen für Kommunen

Gemeinschaftsstelle entwickelt Empfehlungen, Konzepte und Lösungen für Kommunen

Wir arbeiten unabhängig vom Staat und den politischen Parteien. Zu unseren Mitgliedern zählen Städte, Kreise, Gemeinden und Verwaltungsorganisationen aller Größenordnungen aus Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz. Über 2 100 Kommunen mit insgesamt über 77 Millionen Einwohnern sind bereits von unserem Angebot überzeugt.

Wir unterstützen die Verwaltungsspitze und Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter aller Organisationsebenen im Prozess der Verwaltungsmodernisierung. Gemeinsam mit kommunalen Praktikerinnen und Praktikern erarbeiten wir ganzheitliche Strategien und innovative Lösungen im Finanz-, Organisations-, Personal- und Informationsmanagement. Außerdem beschäftigen wir uns mit kommunalen Fachthemen, wie z. B. Soziales, Kultur oder Wirtschaftsförderung. Wir kooperieren mit den kommunalen Spitzenverbänden, innovativen Kommunalverwaltungen unserer Nachbarländer, Hochschulen und Bereichen der Privatwirtschaft. So erschließen wir weiteres Know-how.

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July 13, 2019

Innovationsbüro

Innovationsbüro

Innovation lab started by the German ministry for family, seniors, women und youth

Innovation lab started by the German ministry for family, seniors, women und youth

Das Innovationsbüro Digitales Leben ist ein Projekt des Bundesministeriums für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend (BMFSFJ). Wir sind ein Think Tank und Innovationstreiber zur positiven Gestaltung der Digitalisierung innerhalb und außerhalb des Hauses. Dabei bündeln wir verschiedene Projekte und Prozesse und helfen dabei, auf allen Ebenen eine neue, digitale Gesellschaftspolitik zu entwickeln.

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July 12, 2019

Frag den Staat

Frag den Staat

Mit unserem Portal unterstützen wir Bürger*innen bei dem Zugriff auf staatliche Dokumente und Akten. Zugleich sind wir Wissenspeicher amtlicher Informationen mit über 100.000 öffentlich einsehbaren Anfragen. Mit unseren Kampagnen prägen wir die Bundesrepubik Deutschland nachhaltig. Falls es notwendig ist, zwingen wir Behörden mit Klagen zur Auskunft. Getragen wird FragDenStaat von der gemeinnützigen Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland e.V.. Seit 2011 kämpft FragDenStaat für Informationsfreiheit in Deutschland.

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July 2, 2019

Engine Room

Engine Room

Non-profit helping activists, organisations, and other social change agents make the most of data and technology

Non-profit helping activists, organisations, and other social change agents make the most of data and technology

The Engine Room helps activists, organisations, and other social change agents make the most of data and technology to increase their impact. We are a non-profit organisation ourselves, and our international team is made up of experienced and committed practitioners. Since 2011, we have supported more than 200 organisations, big and small, from every corner of the globe. Technology and data have the potential to dramatically accelerate the impact of any group or organisation that promotes equality, justice, human rights, good governance and accountability.

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September 28, 2019

NY Public Policy Lab

NY Public Policy Lab

Non-profit working at the intersection of human-centered design and public policy

Non-profit working at the intersection of human-centered design and public policy

We're a non-profit that works at the intersection of human-centered design and public policy. We partner with government to design great public services with low-income and at-risk communities. We conduct in-person research in workplaces, homes, and communities so we can understand first-hand people's lives and needs. We prototype and test improved policies and services with community members, policymakers, and front-line staff. We help run and evaluate low-cost pilots so that new services and policies can be scaled up with confidence.

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November 7, 2019

18F

18F

Team to fix technical problems, build products, and improve how government serves the public through technology

Team to fix technical problems, build products, and improve how government serves the public through technology

18F is an office of federal employees within the General Services Administration(GSA) that collaborates with other agencies to fix technical problems, build products, and improve how government serves the public through technology. 18F is part of the Technology Transformation Services, which is within the Federal Acquisition Service.

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June 28, 2019

The United States Digital Service

The United States Digital Service

Technologists working across the federal government to transform critical citizen services

Technologists working across the federal government to transform critical citizen services

USDS is a group of technologists from diverse backgrounds working across the federal government to transform critical services for the people. These specialists join for tours of civic service to create a steady influx of fresh perspectives. Our mission is to do the greatest good for the greatest number of people in the greatest need. USDS deploys small, responsive groups of designers, engineers, product managers, and bureaucracy specialists to work with and empower civil servants. These multi-disciplinary teams bring best practices and new approaches to support government modernization efforts.

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June 28, 2019

Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland

Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland

We are committed to the dissemination of free and openly accessible knowledge in society. We see ourselves as an active part of German and European civil society. Our work is independent, non-partisan, interdisciplinary, and non-commercial. We are present in numerous areas of society and are recognized as one of the leading organisations for innovative projects in the areas of transparency and accountability, rule of law, access to knowledge and participation, digital literacy and public control in Germany and Europe alike. We are also the German branch of the globally active Open Knowledge Network.

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June 24, 2019

Liquid Democracy

Liquid Democracy

Our vision is a democratic culture in which active participation is a given for everyone. Democratic decision-making needs to be more flexible, dynamic and transparent. Our mission as a non-profit organization is to promote the advantages of civic engagement through online participation. Liquid Democracy is an innovator in the field of participatory democracy. We believe participation is key to individual empowerment and active citizenship. Our work is based on the belief that democracy in its current form would benefit from increased flexibility and greater opportunities for direct engagement in the political process. In short, that the barriers to direct democracy become »liquefied.«

We are a non-partisan, non-profit organization based in Berlin. We like to describe ourselves as a ‘Think & Do Tank’. Since our founding in 2009, we have worked on developing innovative techniques and methods to promote citizen participation. The core of our work revolves around the development of Adhocracy, a free and open-source software and digital participation tool providing users with various civic participation tools.
We employ digital technologies to integrate individuals in the decision-making process. Recognizing that technology use differs throughout the world, our software tools are designed to be as efficient, open and accessible as possible to ensure they can be used by a variety of users at any given time.

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June 24, 2019

Gov Design

Gov Design

Connecting designers working in, for or with government. Exchanging knowledge, sharing experiences and supporting each other.

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June 25, 2019

e-Estonia

e-Estonia

Named ‘the most advanced digital society in the world’ by Wired, ingenious Estonians are pathfinders, who have built an efficient, secure and transparent ecosystem that saves time and money. e-Estonia invites you to follow the digital journey.

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June 24, 2019

Politics for Tomorrow

Politics for Tomorrow

Wir sind eine parteiunabhängige Initiative, ​die Innovationen für und mit dem öffentlichen Sektor für eine nachhaltige Entwicklung durch mensch-zentrierte und ko-kreative Lernformate fördert. Wir vernetzen Innovationspioniere, die eine nachhaltige Transformation unserer Gesellschaft zum Ziel haben und kulturelle Veränderungsprozesse mit technologischen Neuerungen unterstützen möchten. Unsere Arbeit fokussiert die Gestaltung
​von wünschenswerten und zukunftsfähigen Interaktionen zwischen Menschen in öffentlichen Organisationen sowie zwischen Staat und Gesellschaft im gesamten Politikzyklus. Die Verbindung von Wissen und Handeln stehen bei uns im Fokus. Mut und Offenheit sind maßgeblich, um einen neuen Status Quo der Zusammenarbeit im öffentlichen Sektor zu fördern und sichtbar zu machen.

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June 24, 2019

Sabine Junginger

Sabine Junginger

Sabine unterstützt als promovierte Designforscherin internationale Regierungen, die sich um neue Ansätze und Methoden der Policy Gestaltung und der Policy Implementierung bemühen. Ihre theoretische und praktische Arbeit schlägt Brücken zwischen Human-Centered Design, Interaction Design, Managementforschung, Policy Studies und Organisationslehre. Sie hat die Entwicklung von Design im öffentlichen Sektor von Anfang an reflektierend begleitet und war unter anderem langjähriges Mitglied des wissenschaftlichen Beirates von Mindlab in Dänemark. Ihre jüngsten Projekte involvieren Public Innovation Labs in Brasilien, Chile und Mexiko, oftmals in Kollaboration mit OECD, Nesta (UK) und Design for Europe (UK).

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July 2, 2019

Civocracy

Civocracy

Civic engagement platform

Civic engagement platform

Our civic engagement platform helps local government to effectively and efficiently connect with their citizens, and make better decisions collaboratively.

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June 24, 2019

Tech4Germany

Tech4Germany

The Tech4Germany digital transformation fellowship pairs talented technologists with top civil servants working at the highest levels of the federal government to tackle some of Germany’s biggest challenges. Tech4Germany is a dedicated team of young tech professionals working under Germany’s Federal Chief of Staff and in coorperation with Germany's Federal IT Department.

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June 24, 2019

Polyteia

Polyteia

The smart governance platform for cities and towns. Polyteia automatically and seamlessly aggregates relevant data from various kinds of enterprise software. Data kept in excel-sheets, PDFs, and other types of documents is imported through our upload service.

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June 23, 2019

Germany's digitalization scene

Germany's digitalization scene

Link list for Digitalization in Germany

Link list for Digitalization in Germany

Great list of organizations and initiatives pushing digitalization in Germany by Victoria Boeck.

In the last couple years that I've been living in Berlin, I've become increasingly interested in the topics of digitization -- particularly of government and public services -- and civic tech. In the interest of easing the path for any others who are interested in following these developments within Germany, here is a list of starting points, loosely organized by areas of interest and types of resources. It is of course not exhaustive (I'm open to any suggestions for additions!), but I hope it might be helpful for other people trying to get an initial lay of the landscape in Germany.

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July 13, 2019

Lab Technologiestiftung Berlin

Lab Technologiestiftung Berlin

Berlin lab covering open data, digitalization and urbanity

Berlin lab covering open data, digitalization and urbanity

One of the most promising initiatives in Berlin pushing technology in Government.

The Ideation & Prototyping Lab is the development space of the Technologiestiftung Berlin. We develop and test digital tools and solutions in order to shape digital change in Berlin together with administrations, science and urban society. We are the team behind ODIS and run the CityLAB Berlin.

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July 13, 2019

Public Service Lab

Public Service Lab

Bessere Bürgerdienste, bessere Verwaltung — das ist das Anliegen des ›Public Service Lab‹. Durch Konferenzen, Workshops und Artikel führt es Verwaltungs­mitarbeiter­Innen und BeamtInnen an nutzerzentrierte Arbeits­praktiken heran, unterstützt sie im Kulturwandel und adressiert die Heraus­forderungen der digitalen Transformation.

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June 24, 2019

Martin Jordan

Martin Jordan

Martin Jordan helps create services that people value. He is a civil servant and works as Head of Service Design at the Government Digital Service, part of the UK’s Cabinet Office. Besides, he co-organises the Gov Design Meetup and serves as editor of The Service Gazette. Martin teaches, talks and writes about the intersection of service design, transformation and value creation.

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July 13, 2019

CityLAB

CityLAB

The CityLAB is an experimental laboratory for the city of the future. Here, representatives from government, civil society, academia and start-ups collaboratively develop new ideas for how to both ensure and enhance the livability of Berlin as a city. The CityLAB combines elements of a digital workshop, a co-working space and event space into a single location where participation and innovation are jointly pursued. We see digitalization as an opportunity to re-think existing processes, dismantle social barriers and create new forms of civic participation. The CityLAB is not a single, finalized concept. Rather, it's a dynamic experiment intended to be continuously developed and re-imagined.

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July 4, 2019

i-lab

i-lab

The i.lab is Barcelona's way of accelerating sustainable and social urban innovation. Its goals are: Offer the most appropriate answers to the new challenges and demands facing the city and its citizens, through the i.lab laboratory. Promote the ethical and responsible use of data and technology. Improve sustainability and ensure that as many people and organisations as possible benefit from the solutions. Stimulate urban innovation in a collaborative, open way, as well as fostering collaboration between public, private, social and academic sectors. Promote open exchange with other cities.

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September 29, 2019

GOV.UK Design System

GOV.UK Design System

Service styles, components and patterns by GDS

Service styles, components and patterns by GDS

The GOV.UK Design System is for everyone, with a strong community sitting behind it. It brings together the latest research, design and development from across government to make sure it’s representative and relevant for its users.

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July 13, 2019