Dave Seliger | Parsons DESIS Lab | NYC 2020: The People's Government

Dave Seliger | Parsons DESIS Lab | NYC 2020: The People's Government | RISING MINDS | Free talks exploring the intersection of technology, business and culture.

How do we use innovative design to make government better? Technology is often hailed as the way to fix government, however, government is really about people: it's by the people, for the people. Design offers opportunities to rethink how people work together in government.

Dave Seliger, who co-founded Civic Service and currently works in city government, will speak about his vision for NYC in 2020 in an international context, and discuss opportunities available for citizens to work with government today.

The Rising Interview 

Where are you right now?

Downtown Brooklyn.

Where do you go when you need inspiration? 

I take long walks around the city when I need inspiration. Just the act of walking seems to trigger creative thoughts - but all the great architecture, stores, and people help too!

Idleness. A gift or curse? 

It starts off as a curse. I try my best to turn it into a gift and take advantage of any downtime at work.

To Bitcoin, or not to Bitcoin? 

I'm agnostic on Bitcoin.

Liberal Democracy or Democratic Liberalism? 

I never took any government classes - and only one philosophy class - in college, and yet I find myself grappling with democracy a lot these days.

Carpe Diem or nosce te ipsum (know thyself)?

Carpe Diem - mainly for Robin Williams.

Last app opened? 

Yelp trying to find a decent sandwich in Downtown Brooklyn. It's pretty hard.

Last book read?

Spinfluence. Currently reading City By City and Brave New World.

Favourite Album?

High Violet by The National is often on repeat on my Spotify.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?

"Big ego, no ego." It's a family saying of some kind. I spend a lot of time trying to understand what it means.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever bestowed?

That remains to be seen!

If you could be anywhere, where would it be? 

Detroit or London.

If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be?

Getting local government to recruit young people.

In the next three years what innovation will have the greatest impact on technology/business/culture?

Usually I default to just saying robots, but this time I'll say alternative forms of education will continue to gain popularity and shake up what it means to be "educated."