Innovations that are Changing Our Lives Today

30 innovations in government that matterPrecious few new gadgets or technologies have the potential to change people’s lives. But even small innovations in government can affect thousands or millions of people. In its year-end issue, GovLoop put together its list of “30 Innovations that Mattered in 2014.”

The list includes big, national changes, like the passage of the DATA Act, which requires federal agencies to publish spending data in a standardized, machine-readable format that you or I or anyone can access. It also includes this cool innovation from Hawaii:

Let’s be totally honest. Filling out your Department of Motor Vehicle forms is more akin to root canal than a fun night playing Parcheesi. But what if it wasn’t? What if filling out your DMV forms was a game? By making such tasks more enjoyable, Hawaii drove up adoption of online services by 20 percent—that equates to about 400,000 registrants—in five months.

The state did that by zeroing in on a fundamental part of human nature: the desire to win. Officials added game elements such as badges, a point system and a leader board. In the end, you can win at government services.

The list is worth checking out. Maybe something in there will inspire you.

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