From the Mayor's Desk: A Major Mayoral Meetup & More

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Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
1/27/2014 3:56:30 PM
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Re: Mayors using the Think System again!
Sounds to me like de Blasio is taking a page out of the Benjamin Barber book. Barber, whose actual book is called If Mayors Rules the World, advocates the development of a "mayors parliament," which Rich wrote about in more detail here.

1/27/2014 1:04:37 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Reviewing the Agenda
What is both interesting and perplexing is that the Mayor's Technology and Innovation Task Force is relatively new!  It began in January of 2012.

These are its ambitions / parameters: 

The task force and its members can provide strategic direction to cities by:
  • Creating a vision for the future of cities as engines of innovation and technology
  • Serving as a convener bringing the necessary public and private sector participants – the technology drivers, the business leaders and the mayors - together to discuss the applications of promising technologies and innovative systems to improve our cities.
  • Designing, launching and participating in projects and endeavors which demonstrate how innovation and technology can create economic and social value for our cities and residents.

Only two cities [San Francisco and Louisville] have released Open Government Innovation Partnership Action Plans.  Both in January 2013.

As you noted in your piece Mary, Chicago's SmartData Platform is still in development. Brenna Berman, Chicago's DoIT Commissioner and CIO has said it won't be complete for 2 years.

By way of a tweet: Mayors are late bloomers in the "innovation" space. 

Terry Sweeney
Terry Sweeney  
1/27/2014 11:46:00 AM
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Mayors using the Think System again!
Bypassing a logjammed, ineffective, partisan-filled Congress? Where do I sign that petition?! I'd love to see the nation's mayors perform a sweet little end-run around the feds, but realistically, since so much municipal funding comes from federal earmarks, this is easier said than done. Nonetheless, hats off to de Blasio for getting the ball rolling! I hope this goes somewhere in 2014.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
1/27/2014 11:37:45 AM
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Rob Ford, oy vey!
That video... I have no words.

I have to say that I kind of hoped to see more than 67 percent of US cities surveyed saying they'll be investing in new energy technologies over the next five years. This should really just be a given across the board. It's not that 67 percent is a low number, but it's lower than it should be, IMO.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/27/2014 10:00:06 AM
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Re: Reviewing the Agenda
Indeed, @piratejulie. I'd be surprised, though, if this conference didn't have this kind of committee, since tech and innovation are named as specific departments in the world's most influential cities, such as Chicago.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/27/2014 9:57:50 AM
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Re: Bizzare
You make a sad but good point, @CitySolver. I only hope that China can rein in the awful pollution it's generating, which is forcing tremendous hardship and danger on its citizens. IMO, it has taken this situation for the country to rework its priorities.

1/26/2014 6:22:14 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Reviewing the Agenda
I took a look at the agenda and was pleased to find a dedicated Technology and Innovation Task Force. In particular, the perspectives of Kimberly Bryant, Founder of Black Girls Code and Rebecca Williams, Policy Analyst, Municipal Transparency Program [Sunlight Foundation]. 

1/25/2014 1:06:25 PM
User Rank Blogger
A Bizzare video there!! Anyway looking at the uptake of green techologies it seems we are reaching a critical mass of support for change which is great. I think the global attitude (especially the US) is becoming much more comfortable with the idea of low energy techologies and renewables. Its just a shame mega economies like China are doing so much to offset the efforts the West is making, but I suppose thats to be expected given its situation and burgeoing population.

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