I have been sitting on this for a while try develop and re-work it, and I figure maybe its best to just put a draft out and get feedback. This is a rough (emphasis on rough) draft of thoughts. Let me know your thoughts and reactions.

Why ecosystems:

Businesses are about providing…


Events, projects, networks and communities

Event — a short time stamped activity that brings together a group of people around a subject.

Project — a long time stamped activity that brings together a group of people around a subject.

Network — a loose connection of people (Weak ties in social…


This is a repost of a blog I wrote in 2016 when I was with the Tamarack Institute. I have been thinking about it a lot these days so i thought I would repost it.

A question that has captivated me recently is: how do you bring a mastery mindset…


TLDR:

My name is Derek Alton and I am a Canadian who just moved to London to be a research fellow at Newspeak House. I have been working at the intersection of tech, society and government with the Government of Canada for the last 4 years, and exploring systems change…


These are the summary notes I took while reading Transforming Government for the 21st Century by Andrew Bennett & Chris Yiu. They are an attempt to capture the key points from the report that resonated the most with me. …


Open Source represents a new economic model. Whereas capitalism is based on controlling and monetizing access to capital (and service), Open Source gives free and open access to everyone. This open access is both a democratizing force (giving equal access gives equal power… in theory) and a huge economic boon…


We live in a world of platforms, from Facebook to Amazon, Slack to Drupal. Digital platforms allow us to connect, learn and engage with the world around us. …


You might have heard this term bounced around recently “Government-as-a-Platform (GaaP).” What does it mean? And why should I care?

Here is my take, let’s start with the basics.

What is government?

“the governing body of a nation, state, or community.” ~ Google

Government (in a democracy) is at a…


The point of this blog really isn’t to present any new ideas. To be honest, I don’t think any of these ideas are new*, but rather to help me organize my own thinking and help me find others who are thinking along the same lines.

Modelled after Web 2.0 …

Derek Alton

Community Animator, Democratic Reformer and Social Innovation Experimenter. Currently working for the Digital Collaboration Division in the Government of Canada

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