Friday footnotes [7]

Friday footnotes is a weekly list of links related to product management and design in the ‘internet of public service’ curated by @jukesie


[1] Dear England is the latest post by Richard Pope to demonstrate that he is one of the truly deep thinkers about the opportunities for digital to improve democracy and the process of government. I’ll be honest I don’t always get what Richard means on the first read — he is too far ahead of me for that..but when it clicks it stays put.

[2] Never let a good crisis go to waste has Baroness Martha channelling Winston Churchill and imploring people to take the opportunity presented by the recent political and social upheaval to reimagine the ‘government and civic infrastructure’.

[3] Digital in the Next Administration: The Path Forward by Jennifer Pahlka is an open digital roadmap for the next US President (quite clearly aimed at Hillary rather than the other chap..) that distills Pahlka’s learnings from her years running Code for America and at the White House and recommends a way to ensure that the next administration is ready to operate in an internet-era.

[4] “Stuff that Matters” Design Challenge: 120 probation officers sharing one iPhone is written by the husband of the previous author — though I imagine Tim O’Reilly isn’t that used to be described that way 🙂 This is a statement of intent about the importance of the work of Code for America with some particularly compelling examples of how doing this stuff makes a real difference to real people.

[5] US Digital Service: Our values — “If a statement can be invoked by anyone in an organization, and cause a decision to be re-evaluated or changed, without regard to anyone’s rank or title, then you have a bona fide value. If it doesn’t work that way, then it’s not a value.” Mikey Dickerson

Paul Downey (@psd) https://www.flickr.com/photos/psd/13992905267