Civic Commons Takes Off

A few weeks ago, we wrote about several of OpenPlans initiatives graduating from the internal new project incubator that is our “Civic Works” group.  OpenPlans is fertile ground for new civic technology and media projects — from urban policy media outlets like Streetsblog, Streetfilms and GothamSchools, to public technology projects like Open311, all the way Read more…

Graduation

OpenPlans has always been an incubator for civic technology initiatives. Since 2008, I’ve had the pleasure of leading our “Civic Works” group, where we explore new directions, opportunities, and businesses — many with the goal of becoming sustainable initiatives in their own right. Today, I’m proud to announce that two of our projects are officially Read more…

Introducing Civic Commons

Today at the Gov 2.0 Summit, we had the pleasure of announcing an exciting new initiative: Civic Commons. Civic Commons’ mission is to help governments share technology more effectively. Governments spend an enormous amount of time and effort producing and procuring technology, and while sharing investment and expertise is completely logical, many barriers stand in Read more…

Join Us @ the Speak Up NY Working Group

Last month, we hosted a one-day workshop with Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer‘s office called Speak Up, New York.  The purpose of the event was to bring together NYC community groups and “civic hackers” to discuss how community groups are using technology to organize and engage.  With a keynote from Deputy US CTO for Open Read more…

Bootstrapping Community Engagement

Localocracy has a nice way of expanding into new communities.  They avoid the “tumbleweeds” problem by building support for the initiative before it starts, in a kickstarter-ish sort of way.  This is, of course, not a new idea, but I think Localocracy does a nice job of executing on it.  E-Democracy has long used a Read more…

What Transpo Data Should NYC Open Up?

Tomorrow morning, NYC DOT is inviting developers to come and discuss what transportation data sets they’d like to see opened up.  From their invitation: The New York City Department of Transportation needs your help! We want to provide more and more useful information to the traveling public about traffic and transportation. We know we’ve got Read more…

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