Hollie Russon-Gilman

Fellow, Open Technology Institute and Political Reform Program

Hollie Russon Gilman is an Open Technology Institute and Political Reform program fellow at New America. Her first book is Democracy Reinvented: Participatory Budgeting and Civic Innovation and America.

She served in the Obama White House as the Open Government and Innovation Advisor in the Office of Science and Technology Policy and worked as a field organizer in New Hampshire. Gilman is a founding researcher and organizer for the Open Society Foundation's Transparency and Accountability Initiative and Harvard's Gettysburg Project to revitalize 21st century civic engagement. She has worked as an advisor, researcher, and consultant to numerous non-profits and foundations including the World Bank, Case Foundation, and Center for Global Development.

She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the Department of Government at Harvard University and A.B. from the University of Chicago with highest honors in Political Science. She has published in numerous academic and popular audience publications including the Boston Globe, Foreign Affairs, Slate, Stanford Social Innovation Review, The Washington Post and Vox. Gilman is a recipient of numerous awards, including: AAAS Big Data and Analytics Fellowship, Fulbright Scholarship, Environmental Working Group’s Excellence for Technology and Innovation, and the Center for the American Presidency and Congress Presidential Fellowship. She is a Lecturer at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and Innovation Advisor to the Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Innovations Award for Public Engagement.

All Work

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More Inclusive Governance in the Digital Age

This paper is part of a series by Data-Smart City Solutions, and explores data-related facets of civic engagement in today’s cities.


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Riding the Wave

Moulton’s team used digital, social media and sophisticated tools that helped organize and expand their digital following.


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"riding the wave"

FELLOWS
Inside Bloomberg’s Plan To Spread The Gospel Of Urban Innovation

Since leaving New York’s City Hall, Michael Bloomberg has made it his main business to give away his wealth. His foundation's mission is roo


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CIVIC TECH: EMPOWERING THE 21ST CENTURY PUBLIC (MAYBE)

Civic tech is not about the tool or technology. It’s about working towards the type of society we want to live it. It has to be aspirational


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Citizen Engagement MOOC

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Government And The Fast Pace Of Innovation

Governments need to have equitable contracting procedures and serve as stalwarts against partisan proclivities. They can also work to protec


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Budgets for the People

Although there is not yet conclusive data on the global success of PB, and some scholars believe that PB processes are window dressing, Braz


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Human Sized Data

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Boston: An Exciting Place for Civic Innovation

Boston is not just trying one strategy or using one tool; rather it is creating an entire ecosystem for innovation to thrive. The recent pas


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How Millennials' Use of Social Networks Explains Their Politics

Millennials are a hopeful generation that believes in communities (both online and digital) and the power of networks.


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Reflecting on The Responsive City

As discussed during a recent event, even as we explore the “responsive city” of 2014, we must be mindful of whether (and how) the new tools