The ideal of a “digital city” has left us an opportunity to create a hyperconnected roadmap to the future. As we feel our current infrastructure struggling to accomplish its goal of effectively and efficiently supporting the masses, New York City is building a collaborative path forward. Miming the message of the seminal pamphlet we ask, "What is to be done?"
We reply with, “The current times charge those of us who are of a civic-mind to scaffold a community that can properly advocate for and serve us as citizens in this new model.”
#betaNYC, as part of the Code for America’s NYC Brigade, is taking the vanguard. Starting with updating FDR's 4 freedoms for the 21st Century, we have created a road map.
In this talk, we will discuss the history NYC’s participatory government, how we fostered community involvement, attracted talented supporters, got noticed in a sea awash with fish, and made effective changes to government policies and attitudes. Also, we will be asking you the questions we are currently asking ourselves: how do we continue to build this community? What should its values be and what products should it produce? How to sustain a civic technology, civic startup, and open government ecosystem?
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