Ideas That Transform – Data + Digital Miniseries

Ideas That Transform - Data + Digital Mini-Series

The Beeck Center’s Data + Digital Portfolio leads efforts to design and reimagine systems using cutting-edge tools and practices. We are working to rebuild trust in institutions and to ensure they serve our communities, especially when they need it most.

To highlight some of the great work taking place and bring in additional partners to help us achieve our goals for the year ahead, we are hosting a number of short online events featuring Beeck leaders and our organizational and community partners, as part of the Beeck Center’s Ideas That Transform series.

What's Next

Wednesday, Dec. 16, 5 - 6pm ET

CounterPower: Future Making + Public Institutions

Public interest technologists have an opportunity to (re)build our public systems to be liberated from the ones we are simultaneously dismantling. As builders, makers, and creators, it is common for us to produce tools that "fix" the inefficiencies we see around us. But often, these end up as band-aid reforms that disguise systemic harms more efficiently. How might we envision public interest efforts that center not just modern digital tools but also a liberatory imagination and abolitionist practices? This webinar will create space for us to learn how we can show up today for our collective futures.

Mutale Nkonde, CEO, AI For the People, Berkman Klein Center fellow - LinkedIn, Twitter

Khara Jabola-Carolus, Executive Director, Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women - Twitter

Maya Wagoner, User Experience Designer, Brooklyn Public Library - LinkedIn, Twitter

Georgia Bullen, Executive Director, SimplySecure - LinkedIn, Twitter

Vandhana Ravi, Program Manager, Data + Digital, Beeck Center - LinkedIn, Twitter

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Coming Soon

Improving Life Outcomes for Youth of the Foster Care System - October 28, 4pm ET

In the United States, approximately one in 17 children will spend time in the foster care system, yet it continually fails to deliver desired outcomes. Think of Us — a non-profit that aims to successfully transition foster youth into a prosperous adulthood—recently spent time exploring how the system works for older foster youth who are aging out of care in 5 jurisdictions across the country. Through their research they identified what they consider to be the three missing pillars for positioning older foster youth for better life outcomes.

Join us for a sneak-peak presentation of what they learned, followed by a discussion about implications for improving the foster care system across the nation.

Recap Past Events

We love discovering and sharing new ideas with the world, bringing attention where its needed.

Ensuring Your Tech Career Can Make an Impact: A Discussion with Cyd Harrell, author of “A Civic Technologist’s Practice Guide”

A candid discussion about how curious, passionate people who work in private-sector tech can become civic technologists and use their careers to make a different kind of impact. In this inaugural installment of our “Public Interest Tech Bookshelf” book talk, Cyd Harrell, author of “A Civic Technologist’s Practice Guide,” will talk with Taylor Campbell, Deputy Director of Data + Digital at the Beeck Center, to shed light on the ways in which her book teaches new practitioners everything they need to know about the field of public interest technology and where we hope for it to go in the years ahead.

Reimagining the Budgets and Oversight of Large Government Tech Projects

Major government software projects are more likely to fail than succeed. A lot has to go wrong for that to happen, but the seeds of that failure are planted way back at the budgeting phase, when the legislature or Congress first takes up a project or policy. Beeck Fellows Robin Carnahan and Waldo Jaquith lead the conversation on how by changing the budgeting and oversight process for these projects, back when they’re first being planned, they can be set up for success instead of failure.
Guests include:
- Vicki McFadden, Product Manager, 18F
- Mark Hopson, Innovation Specialist, 18F

What It Takes to Support Data and Tech Capacity in Government Transitions

Transitions are a way of life in government — whether it’s shifts in agency strategies, new leadership, or a change in administration, government folks are some of the most resilient and flexible there are because the only constant is change. In our work, we support governments as they use cutting-edge tools and practices to deliver services and carry out their missions — work that should continue amid transitions. In this conversation, we discuss strategies and approaches that government workers can take to ensure our important work to use data, design, technology, and other modern tools and practices continue to advance year over year. We will also briefly discuss some of the important questions first or second term planning teams should be asking when thinking about capacity within agencies.

Improving Life Outcomes for Youth of the Foster Care System

In the United States, approximately one in 17 children will spend time in the foster care system, yet it continually fails to deliver desired outcomes. Think of Us — a non-profit that aims to successfully transition foster youth into a prosperous adulthood—recently spent time exploring how the system works for older foster youth who are aging out of care in 5 jurisdictions across the country. Through their research they identified what they consider to be the three missing pillars for positioning older foster youth for better life outcomes.

Other Ideas

We won't be able to do a deep dive on every great idea we come across, but here's more to get you thinking.

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Join the Conversation

Do you have a big idea you want to share? Were we way off-base with some of our earlier ideas? Let us know by commenting on our LinkedIn or Twitter accounts using the hashtag #BeeckIdeas.

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