benfranklin

Hack like Ben Franklin

Code for America’s Catherine Bracy has a great TED Talk on civic hacking and one of America’s greatest civic hackers, Ben Franklin, inspired a brigade of do-good developers across the world.

baratunde

Baratunde on how to code back

Internet Renaissance man Baratunde Thurston is the latest tech celebrity to pitch the Code for America fellowship program targeted to developers, designers, researchers, data enthusiasts, urban planners and entrepreneurs who want to make a civic difference.

Gaming the future of government

On January 22-23, the Institute for the Future will host Connected Citizens, a 24-hour collective forecasting game to “to rethink and reprogram government services for a complex and connected world.”

citizenvestor

Crowdfunding government (VIDEO)

Citizinvestor co-founder Jordan Raynor discusses the rise of the ‘micro-philanthropist’ and how digital tools are empowering citizens to help crowdfund public projects.

hackcity

‘Hack City’ (VIDEO)

Great video highlighting what a civic hackathon is and how it works via a re-cap of GreenBiz’s recent three-day ‘Hack City.’

startupcommunities

Building civic ‘Startup Communities’

I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of a more structured approach to community with respect to the civic technology movement, which is why I picked up Brad Feld’s ‘Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City.’

clayshirky

Open source democracy

Great Clay Shirky TED Talk on how distributed version control and “having access to all the source code all of the time” will one day change the way government works.

johnfetterman

America’s coolest mayor

This is the first time I’ve heard of Harvard-educated, professional wrestler look-alike and Braddock, Pennsylvania, mayor John Fetterman, featured in this episode of Hulu’s “A Day In The Life” series.

Joomla

How Joomla is powering government

We’ve heard a lot about Drupal and WordPress in government, but not much about the open source platform Joomla. We asked Joomla External Communications Lead Sandra Ordonez to share how government is using it, its key features, how it compares to Drupal and WordPress and what governments are using it.