Using the metaphor of tending a garden, Matt Leighninger, shared the importance of “Tending the Garden of Civic Tech” with readers on Medium and EngagingCities last month. He explored how technology has offered new and innovative ways for people to engage with their governments, and how governments have a field of tools to put forward to feed their citizens. Once again, it’s a question of purpose determining platform:
“Known collectively as “civic technology,” these online tools can help us map public problems, help citizens generate solutions, gather input for government, coordinate volunteer efforts or help neighbors remain connected.
…Some of the most powerful innovations are relatively simple technologically. These are “hyperlocal” online forums that connect residents who live in the same neighborhood, or parents whose children attend the same school. These forums have spread dramatically, starting with simple listservs, then Facebook groups, then slightly more sophisticated platforms promoted by nonprofit groups (such as e-democracy.org, localocracy and Front Porch Forum) and an increasing array of for-profit enterprises. They combine the power of the boundless Internet with the power of local face-to-face relationships.”
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Contributor: Brian Stewart, Pepperdine School of Public Policy, MPP Candidate ’17.