Monday, November 10, 2008

Apps for Democracy

Go see Apps for Democracy. It’s what I’m talking about!

1. The DC City government built a platform for engagement. They put up DC's Data Catalog online and invited internal agencies and external free agents – we sometimes call them “people” – to create mashups for $20k in prize money.

2. The city is trying to tap into the excess mental capacity and time of skilled, clever, and innovative people everywhere who want to challenge themselves.

3. Too soon to know what the unintended benefits are, but they are certainly reaping some intended benefits:

• Neighborhood crime
• Historic tour of DC
• Parking garages
• Hospital info

Oh, it has to be incredibly stupid form to put a link in the first few words of a blog. So if you are totally intrigued, now is the time to go check it out again here, a link at the end.


Anonymous said...

Glad you like it! Sorry for the confusion regarding the word "Agency" I actually meant "Development/Web Agency" with that!

vberman said...

A place in our lives where we could benefit from more democracy is at work. How many people have or expect democracy where they spend most of their days? Can a bottom line be met with democracy as the structure? Equal Exchange, where I've been working and owning for over a dozen years, is one example of yes. Expect, build and innovate more with a democratic work place. Would love to talk more about this. Thanks. Virginia Berman