About

The Living Library seeks to provide actionable knowledge on governance innovation. Our aim is to inform and inspire policymakers, practitioners, technologists, and researchers working at the intersection of governance, innovation, and technology in a timely, digestible and comprehensive manner. We identify for our core audience the “signal in the noise” by curating research, best practices, points of view, new tools, and developments.

How to Contribute

Did you come across – or create – a compelling project, report, book, or video at the leading edge of innovation in governance?

Share it with us at info@thelivinglib.org so that we can add it to the Collection!

Feedback and bug reports can also be submitted to us via email .

The Living Library seeks to provide actionable knowledge on governance innovation. Our aim is to inform and inspire policymakers, practitioners, technologists, and researchers working at the intersection of governance, innovation, and technology in a timely, digestible and comprehensive manner. We identify for our core audience the “signal in the noise” by curating research, best practices, points of view, new tools, and developments.

The knowledge provided by The Living Library spans topic areas from artificial intelligence, open data, and blockchain, to citizen science, open innovation, and civic technology. The platform has an international purview, with insights drawn from across the globe and relevant to a diversity of sectors.   

In addition to the now 5000+ pieces of curated content included in the Collection, The Living Library features research-based knowledge offerings, like the Index, a collection of statistics on topics relevant to governance innovation; Selected Readings, identifying paradigmatic research across different domains; and the 21st Century Vocabulary, capturing important new concepts and terms emerging from current efforts to improve the way we govern.

Each Friday, we send out a “Digest” of 20 new pieces of actionable knowledge on governance innovation which were added to The Living Library’s Collection that week.

Subscribe here to receive The Digest straight to your inbox and join the growing community of those who are in the know.

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The Living Library also provides services to partners interested in the creation of bespoke research outputs. Learn more about working with us here.

Curator-in-Chief

Stefaan G. Verhulst is the Curator-in-Chief of the Living Library.

In addition, Stefaan is the Co-Founder and Chief Research and Development Officer of the Governance Laboratory @ NYU (The GovLab) where he is building a research foundation on how advances in science and technology can improve people’s lives through the creation of more effective, data-driven, and collaborative forms of governance. Specifically, he is interested in the perils and promise of collaborative technologies and how to harness the unprecedented volume of data to advance the public good.

Knowledge Director

Andrew Young directs knowledge products development for the Living Library.

He is also the Knowledge Director at The GovLab leads research efforts focusing on the impact of technology on public institutions. Among the grant-funded projects he has directed are a global assessment of the impact of open government data; comparative benchmarking of government innovation efforts against those of other countries; a methodology for leveraging corporate data to benefit the public good; and crafting the experimental design for testing the adoption of technology innovations in federal agencies.

Research Fellow

Andrew Zahuranec is a Research Fellow at The GovLab who also supports the content development in the Living Library.

As a Research Fellow at The GovLab, he is responsible for studying how advances in science and technology can improve governance. In previous positions at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and National Governors Association, he worked on issues as far-ranging as election security, the commercial space industry, and the opioid epidemic. He has a Master of Arts in Security Policy Studies from the George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Intelligence from Mercyhurst University.

Research Assistant

Michelle Winowatan is a Research Assistant at The GovLab who also develops knowledge products for the Living Library.

As a Research Assistant at The GovLab, she provides research support for various data projects at The GovLab. Previously, she worked in the nonprofit sector in Indonesia where she developed and implemented a number of projects focusing on human rights and conflict. She has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from New York University and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Universitas Pelita Harapan, Indonesia.