On Wednesday 18 April, Nesta hosted the launch of a new Nesta report authored by Gavin Starks, former head of the Open Data Institute (ODI).
Can government remember? Is it condemned to repeat mistakes? Or does it remember too much and so see too many reasons why anything new is bound to fail?
The report - Can government stop losing its mind? - looks at how government organises its memory and data, finding that at present, ‘government forgets as much as it remembers’.
While this is an old problem, there may be new solutions that mean search, policy design and tracking can be managed far more effectively than in the past.
The event was an opportunity to discuss these powerful new ideas and hear about different ways of organising data and knowledge, drawing from examples varying from the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Justice, to the BBC and ODI.