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.

About the Curator

The Living Library is curated by Stefaan G. Verhulst.

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.