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IDB – The GovLab launch smarter crowdsourcing in the age of coronavirus

NEW YORK, USA – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) together with The Governance Lab (The GovLab) at New York University Tandon School of Engineering, launched “Smarter Crowdsourcing in the Age of Coronavirus .” This rapid policy advising initiative convenes public leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean with global experts in public health, technology, data and innovation for a series of six online advising sessions to source concrete and specific ways to combat the coronavirus pandemic in the region.

Global and complex public health emergencies like the coronavirus pandemic threaten population well-being, risk disruption to global and regional trade and economic stability, and cause widespread uncertainty and concern. Policymakers require urgent guidance on how to respond.

Beginning on July 8, each online dialogue will be attended by a curated group of experts from across disciplines and geographic locations. Smarter Crowdsourcing is a five-step method that involves identification of partners, definition of problems to be solved; curation and crowdsourcing of global experts; online advising sessions followed by a briefing to provide leaders with implementation plans for the most promising ideas.

“Our method aims to break down the traditional barriers that sometimes prevent experts from sharing their knowledge with governments. We see two benefits with this process, the first being that governments benefit from external expertise, and, second, citizens from across the world see direct ways to apply their experience and expertise to make tangible impacts,” said Victoria Alsina, industry assistant professor and academic director in NYU Tandon’s Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP); associated faculty at department of technology, culture and society, and Senior Fellow at The GovLab.

The six-month initiative will target and mobilize global expertise to help governments in Latin America and the Caribbean respond to the challenges coronavirus and its aftermath pose, but, at the same time, realizing the opportunities to generate innovative and implementable recommendations.

All materials are shared freely and openly online at https://coronavirus.smartercrowdsourcing.org for the benefit of public actors everywhere.

“New evidence on SARS-COV-2 and COVID-19 is being generated at an incredibly rapid speed. Keeping up with this pace when it comes to translating this evidence into actionable measures to support  the response to the pandemic is overwhelming,” said Ferdinando Regalia, social protection and health division chief at the IDB. “This initiative aims at making this task less daunting, by facilitating the mapping of current global approaches and collective learning on concrete aspects about how to respond to this complex event, curating and adapting this learning to the Latin America and Caribbean context, and making it available to policymakers in a very agile way.”

“This project leverages technology and networking to bring experts from across the world into a single space where they can harness their combined knowledge to tackle real and pressing problems,” added Beth Simone Noveck, director of The GovLab and professor in NYU Tandon’s department of technology, culture and society.

To join the experts working on these solutions, apply at: https://coronavirus.smartercrowdsourcing.org/participate 

For more information, contact Diana Pinto dpinto@iadb.org or Victoria Alsina victoria@thegovlab.org 

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