Our weekly SRI Seminar Series welcomes Beth Noveck, director of the Burnes Center for Social Change and its partner project, The Governance Lab, at Northeastern University. Noveck previously served as United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer and director of the White House Open Government Initiative.
At the Governance Lab, Noveck directs better governance programs, including work with public institutions on public engagement in lawmaking, expert-sourcing innovative solutions to hard problems, and co-creation between cities and citizens. She is the author of several books, most recently Solving Public Problems: How to Fix Our Government and Change Our World (Yale Press, 2021).
Beth Noveck is a professor at Northeastern University, where she directs the Burnes Family Center for Social Change and Innovation and its partner project, The Governance Lab, and its MacArthur Research Network on Opening Governance. The author of Solving Public Problems: How to Fix Our Government and Change Our World (Yale Press, 2021), she is also core faculty at the Institute for Experiential AI (IEAI) at Northeastern. She is on leave from New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering (2021). New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy appointed her as the state’s first Chief Innovation Officer, and Chancellor Angela Merkel named her to her Digital Council in 2018. She is also a visiting senior faculty fellow at the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, and a fellow at NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge.
Previously, Noveck served in the White House as the first United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer and director of the White House Open Government Initiative under President Obama. UK Prime Minister David Cameron appointed her senior advisor for Open Government.
At the Governance Lab, Noveck directs better governance programs, including work with public institutions on public engagement in lawmaking, expert-sourcing innovative solutions to hard problems, and co-creation between cities and citizens. She also coaches public problem solvers, working with passionate individuals to take their public interest projects from idea to implementation.
A graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School, Noveck is a member of the Scholars Council of the Library of Congress and the EPSRC Centre for the Mathematics of Precision Healthcare. Noveck also serves on the International Advisory Board of the NHS Digital Academy and the Yankelovich Democracy Monitor as well as a member of the Inter-American Development Bank President’s Commission on Transparency and Corruption and the Global Future Council on Technology, Values and Policy for the World Economic Forum. She is a member of the Steering Committee for the Collective Intelligence Conferences and GIGAPP (Grupo de Investigación en Gobierno, Administracion y Politicas Publicas). She is co-editor of the Association for Computing Machinery’s Digital Government Research and Practice journal, and a founding associate editor of the Journal of Collective Intelligence.
In 2018, Noveck was awarded a Robert Schumann Fellowship at the European University Institute and a Richard von Weizsaecker Fellowship by the Robert Bosch Foundation. Noveck was named one of the “World’s 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government 2018” by Apolitical. Previously, she was selected as one of the “Foreign Policy 100” by Foreign Policy as well as one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company and “Top Women in Technology” by Huffington Post.
In addition to Solving Public Problems, Noveck is the author of Smart Citizens, Smarter State: The Technologies of Expertise and the Future of Governing (Harvard University Press, 2015) and Wiki Government: How Technology Can Make Government Better, Democracy Stronger and Citizens More Powerful (Brookings, 2009) and co-editor of The State of Play: Law, Games and Virtual Worlds (NYU Press, 2005).
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The SRI Seminar Series brings together the Schwartz Reisman community and beyond for a robust exchange of ideas that advance scholarship at the intersection of technology and society. Seminars are led by a leading or emerging scholar and feature extensive discussion.
Each week, a featured speaker will present for 45 minutes, followed by an open discussion. Registered attendees will be emailed a Zoom link before the event begins. The event will be recorded and posted online.