Government leaders are the least trusted among 12 categories of societal leaders1
66% people believe their governments are purposely trying to mislead them2
People's trust in democratic governments has steadily declined for the past 20 years3
We are building the KNOWLEDGECAPACITYTECHCOMMUNITY_ To design governance innovation solutions
The Governance Innovation Initiative is a sandbox for researching and testing innovative tools and processes to design innovative governance solutions. We aim to understand the future of governance through a series of case studies, engagements with thought leaders in governance and innovation, as well as the co-designing of governance innovation solutions through a Lean Governance Innovation Design (LGID) approach.
We’re interested in what motivates governance innovators, how they behave, how innovation ecosystems can spark governance innovation, and cross-disciplinary approaches to governance innovation design. We want to understand how governance innovation works beyond the traditional bureaucratic systems: in slum dwellings, in refugee camps, and other complex settings.
Through our Case Studies, we document and make more accessible the stories of governance innovation in the Global South. We provide insights into the challenges of governance, the different pathways to innovation in the public sector, and the drivers for and barriers to innovation.
Sierra Leone’s Directorate of Science, Technology, and Innovation (DSTI): We are researching the role of user-centered design in the digitization of a whole-of-government payment processing system.
Mexico City’s Agency for Digital Government (ADIP): We are researching the transformation of the “Mexico City Master Key,” which unifies the city’s services into one interoperable data key.
Brazil’s La-BORA!Gov: We are researching the Free-LA program, which creates the enabling environment for civil servants to innovate.
Cape Verde’s NOSi: We are researching the challenges and advantages of developing e-governance tools for election transparency in Cape Verde.
Kenya’s Africa Center for Technology Studies: We are researching the ethics surrounding e-governance and the collection and use of citizen data, as related to revenue and citizen registry.
As we experiment with different approaches to governance with our partners we are drafting Learning Cases that build a cumulative body of learnings to iterate on our tools and frameworks. Click here to read our learning cases
Directorate of Science Technology & Innovation: Building the runway for governance innovation to take off in Sierra Leone.
Government of Ekiti State Nigeria: Who has the itch? Sparking governance innovations in the health sector in Nigeria.
Freetown City Council & Enabling Business Environment Secretariat: The tradeoff between sparking and sustaining innovation.
Bootcamps and accelerator programs enable partners to diverge and converge on co-identified challenges while Designer-Researchers have worked with our partners to collectively imagine better governance products, services, and processes through the Lean Governance Innovation Design approach.
What is the future of governance? How can we collectively imagine better futures where we design with citizens and government, not just for citizens? How can governments redesign how they deliver public services? Interviews with thought leaders in governance, reformers, public service leaders, technologists, designers will shine a light on topics in a fun and insightful environment where guests air their visions, challenges, anecdotal mistakes and eureka moments. Click here to listen
Laughing their way to governance innovation: Mexico’s comedians hit
Guest: Arturo Hernandez, Founder of SuperCivicos, Mexico
Is this a startup or a government agency? A different approach to public innovation in Chile.
Guest: Roman Yossif, Former Executive Director of the Laboratorio de Gobierno de Chile, Chile
A psychologist walks into a public innovation lab: Creating spaces for civil servants to innovate
Guest: Luana Farias, Executive Director, LA-BORA Gov!, Brazil
Because the Law said so: Innovation through legislation in Nigeria
Guest: Dr. Jumoke Oduwole, Special Advisor to the President of Nigeria on Ease of Doing Business, Nigeria
From stopping truck driver riots to making the city a safe space: Can design change a democracy
Guest: Santiago Amador, Executive Director, Bogota Innovation Lab, Colombia
What’s in it for me? The trials and tribulations of designing inside the bureaucracy
Guest Host: Mariama N’Diaye, Morningside Academy of Design Fellow
Guest: Nicolas Rebolledo, Head of Services Future Lab & Kahil Ali, Project Lead, Sierra Leone’s Directorate of Science, Technology, and Innovation (DSTI)
Our partners are at the heart of governance challenges, pushing for a different way of doing things to improve the relationship between government, citizens and civil society. Read our Q&As with Kahil and Kome.
We’re a cross-disciplinary group of social scientists, design engineers, technologists, committed to improving the relationship between government and citizens.
Lily L. TsaiDirector and Founder, MIT GOV/LAB
Carlos CentenoAssociate Director of Innovation
Seongkyul ParkProject Manager, Governance Innovation
Awab Elmesbah, Sheng-Hung Lee, Mariama N’Diaye, Cory Ventres-Pake, Gaby Reygadas, Susy Tort, Leonard Francis Vibbi
Governance Advisers provide valuable input and feedback into our methods and research, while also helping us building a high level community of champions of innovation.
Luana Silveira de FariaHead of LA-BORA! gov, Department of Governance Innovation (DINOV), Secretariat for Innovation Management (SEGES), Brazil
Cristina GalíndezExecutive Coordinator, National Public Policy Lab, Mexico
Arvind GuptaCo-Founder and Head, Digital India Foundation, Former CEO of MyGov India
Jumoke OduwoleSpecial Adviser, Ease of Doing Business to the President of Nigeria, Office of the Vice President, Nigeria
David Moinina SengehMinister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education and Chief Innovation Officer, Directorate of Science, Technology and Innovation, Sierra Leone
Helena WajnmanExecutive Director, República.org, Brazil
Roman YosifFormer Executive Director, Laboratorio de Gobierno, Government of Chile
Design Advisers provide thought leadership in experimental areas of design to build better governance innovation.
Ademide AdefarasinDesign Director, Business Design at IDEO.org
Nicolás Rebolledo BustamanteHead of Service Futures Lab, Royal College of Art. Co-founder of Unit
Chi-Yi CHANGPresident, Taiwan Design Research Institute (TDRI)
Sofía Bosch GómezAssistant Professor in Design at Northeastern University and co-founder of the Design in Transition podcast. Former designer, LabCDMX (Mexico)
Fas LebbieTeaching Fellow & Ph.D. Researcher in Transition Design at Carnegie Mellon University. Design Manager at Meta and Founder of Root Studios
Fernando MaDesign Director - Future Directions, La Victoria Lab (Peru)
Ana PantelicExecutive Director, MIT D-Lab
Hajira QaziAdjunct Professor, Transition Design, CMU and Scholar on the intersection of design and the sacred
Susana TortUX Researcher | Facebook Integrity
A select group of cross-disciplinary MIT Faculty provides insightful feedback to iterate on our experimental governance innovation methods.
Catherine D'IgnazioDirector, Data + Feminism Lab; Assistant Professor of Urban Science and Planning, MIT
Delia Duong Ba WendelSpaulding Career Development Assistant Professor in Urban Studies and International Development, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT
Sarah WilliamsDirector, Civic Data Design Lab and Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism, MIT; Associate Professor of Technology and Urban Planning, MIT
Fellows are MIT graduate students with interdisciplinary backgrounds, embedded in public sector innovation labs, think tanks and government agencies, researching governance innovations.
Vineet AbhishekLA-BORA! Gov, Secretariat for Innovation Management, Brazil
Eli EppersonDigital Agency for Public Innovation (ADIP), Mexico
Lakshmi GangamreddypalliNOSi, or Operational Nucleus for the Information Society, Cape Verde
Deepika RamanAfrica Center for Technology Studies (ACTS), Kenya
Leonard VibbiAfrica Center for Technology Studies (ACTS), Kenya