Nicholas Gruen

Nicholas Gruen
Chairman, Government 2.0 Taskforce (Australia)

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Nicholas Gruen chaired the Australian Government’s Government 2.0 Taskforce.

He is trained in History, Statistics, Law and Economics, was a ministerial advisor to two Cabinet Ministers in the 1980s and 90s, was appointed to the Productivity Commission in 1994 and 5 and from 1997 to 2000 directed the Business Council of Australia’s New Directions program. He then founded Lateral Economics and Peach Financial.

He has published internationally on a range of economic policy issues, is a regular national newspaper columnist, a board member of Sustainability Victoria, and is a substantial contributor to Australia’s thriving policy blog scene. He is Chairman of Online Opinion a not-for-profit site hosting news and cultural opinion and Kaggle, a new global platform for data competitions.

Dr Gruen was a member of the Cutler Review into Innovation in Australia and has been involved with the Commonwealth, Victorian, South Australian, NSW and Queensland governments and the World Bank in the areas of innovation in government and continuous improvement in regulation. He is a member of the advisory committee guiding innovation in the Victorian Public Service and worked with the Federal Department of Innovation on its report to the Management Advisory Committee on innovation in Government.

In 2009 Dr Gruen chaired the Federal Government’s Government 2.0 Taskforce producing a report which garnered high praise from leading international experts. The Federal Government has largely accepted the Taskforce’s recommendations.

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Improving Government Effectiveness
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Nicholas Gruen (Government 2.0 Taskforce (Australia))
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Web 2.0 has ushered in a new age in which public goods are built privately. What lessons does the web provide government on how to harness the private sector to achieve common goals? We’ll discuss this critical topic with economist Nick Gruen, Chair of Australia’s Open Government Task Force. Read more.
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