Building the ‘Next Generation Democracy’


Next Generation Democracy: What the Open-Source Revolution Means for Power, Politics, and ChangeI’ve been meaning to post something about Next Generation Democracy: What the Open-Source Revolution Means for Power, Politics, and Change for a long time now, but just haven’t had the time. Before I pass it on to someone else, I wanted to share quick thoughts, because a book like this is important for the open government movement and makes the subject of how technology can change the way government works more accessible.

I highly recommend open government advocates and public servants, and anyone else interested in how open source and crowdsourcing can and are impacting government and democracy, read this. While it skews towards a focus on millennials and borrows a number of examples from the sustainability movement, which may not resonate with some, it gives great insight into real-world case studies of how technology is being leveraged to better connect government with citizens. Its narrative approach is a great companion to O’Reilly’s more deep-dive book Open Government (which I also highly recommend).

Buy it on Amazon or visit the book’s Website for more information.

Here’s an interview with author Jared Duval:


Luke Fretwell is co-founder and CEO of ProudCity, and the founder of GovFresh. He advises civic leaders and businesses on how to best leverage digital strategies to create more effective, collaborative governments. He has written about government IT for Federal Computer Week, NextGov, FedScoop, StateScoop and FierceGovernment, and has been referenced by the Washington Post and Fast Company on civic technology issues. He has worked with a number of government-focused companies and media, including CivicActions, NuCivic and FedScoop and has been involved in broad-focused community efforts, such as GovPress, CityCamp, CivicMeet, Agile Government Leadership and Open Source for America. Connect with him on Twitter and LinkedIn.


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