This paper examines idea machine systems as an evolution of the traditional employee suggestion system for generating ideas and encouraging innovation in the public sector. The public sector is often seen as having organizational factors that discourage innovative behavior in public servants: red tape, formalization, and centralization. Idea generation in Seoul, South Korea, Miami-Dade, and the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan are explored. Idea creation internal to public organizations is compared to e-participation systems in which the public proposes and votes on ideas, which are then implemented by government. Democracy Seoul, a citizen proposal system in South Korea, is explored as an example of how idea sharing can strengthen democratic participation.
"Innovation and Idea Generation in Public Organizations: Idea Machines and Civic Participation Platforms,"
SPNHA Review: Vol. 16
, Article 5.
Available at: https://scholarworks.gvsu.edu/spnhareview/vol16/iss1/5