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The Data-Driven City Needs Citizen Involvement

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Terry Sweeney
Terry Sweeney  
7/16/2014 5:56:45 PM
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Re: Millennials to the rescue?
Ahh, yes... complaining: The glue that binds the generations for all eternity. ;->

Again, I really like where you're going with this. I still worry that it will appeal to a very small intersection of groups: those who are already civic-minded with a history of involvement, AND the technophiles who, as you note, are busy pinning, tweeting, instagram'ing. Will a pothole or burned-out traffic signal light a fire? I'm dubious, but like those people who get married for the third or fourth time, maybe I can let hope triumph over experience.

Toby
Toby  
7/15/2014 8:17:12 AM
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Re: Millennials to the rescue?
@digitaldruid: Well yes, things seem to be moving a little closer to the Federal model for the nation while the same could be said for the countries of the continent. The challenges in simply joining up the data are substantial and, even though the UK is very central in terms of Governance, sadsly that does not translate to how local governments store the data.

DigitalDruid
DigitalDruid  
7/14/2014 10:57:08 AM
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Re: Millennials to the rescue?
@Terry - Thanks for the comments about my approach.  Spent a lot to time and effort over the last 5 years working on it.  Also bring 30+ years of IT experience to the effort.

Its the only forward way I can see (process of elimination).  All other efforts I see are piecemeal, ineffectual and unsustainable.  They address symptoms, not root causes.

@Toby - Yes this will be a long-term effort...but we have to start somewhere to re-design our governance for the 21st century. The UK is one of the most centralized governments in the world, but I'm seeing some "devolution" changes start to happen.

DigitalDruid
DigitalDruid  
7/14/2014 10:51:46 AM
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Re: Millennials to the rescue?
@Terry - Yes, on campus. More info to come. App contest to follow...I'm an advisor to the longer-term app effort (its not just a weekend hackathon, from what I am hearing).

Toby
Toby  
7/14/2014 8:15:56 AM
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Contradiction in terms
Thanks for  great post. When I read this I was more struck by the implicit contradiction and how we have managed to get into such a pickle "Opening public records to citizens" After all if the records are public, you might citizens have every right to them. After a stint in local government here in the UK I soon learned how much work is needed to make this a reality.

Terry Sweeney
Terry Sweeney  
7/13/2014 9:49:54 PM
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Re: Millennials to the rescue?
I think your formula is a great starting point, DigitalDruid, with Millennials, Gen X'ers and graybeards mashing up their expertise, creativity and ability to collaborate. It's exactly this sort of multi-pronged approach that will keep "data-driven government" from being a one-off deal that quickly descends into irrelevancy.

Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
7/13/2014 8:49:32 PM
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Re: Millennials to the rescue?
We maybe be surprised that older generations like to snap pictures and send text. If the apps are user friendly all ages and backgrounds may get involved. Most people have cell phones.

Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
7/13/2014 8:46:56 PM
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Re: Millennials to the rescue?
I agree the Synergy across generational lines will enhance the use of digital data! I look forward to seeing your developments in action.

Terry Sweeney
Terry Sweeney  
7/13/2014 8:41:24 PM
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Re: Millennials to the rescue?
Sounds like an interesting conference, Digital Druid. I assume the event will be on the USC campus, given their involvement in the initiative. Can you share any more information? And will the Open Data app contest for USC students be taking place at the same time as the conference?

 

DigitalDruid
DigitalDruid  
7/12/2014 8:57:18 PM
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Re: Millennials to the rescue?
Forgot...speaking of LA, see: http://www.opendatala.org/

I'm working with them on a "civic innovation" symposium in November.

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