New Meetup: NYC Officials have answered the Open Gov call. Let's collaborate.

From: user 4.
Sent on: Monday, July 13, 2009 10:44 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Open Government NYC!

What: NYC Officials have answered the Open Gov call. Let's collaborate.

When: July 27,[masked]:00 PM

Recommended Donation: $10.00 per person

New Work City
200 Varick St Room 507B
New York, NY 10014

It's safe to say that our voice is being heard. Councilmember Brewer has introduced sweeping open data legislation, while Mayor Bloomberg has announced a series of exciting open gov initiatives. At the same time, there is already deep disagreement about how to proceed.

To get caught up on the the details of the proposals and the two sides of the issue argument, start here. It's a link to all of the stories tagged "open data" on the Observer's New York Future Initiative blog.

The goal of this meeting is to put our heads together and find a way to get to the best possible outcome for everybody involved (especially the citizens of NYC). From 7 to 8 pm we'll eat and drink, and get some ideas going. Then from 8 to 9 pm we'll have a moderated discussion. By the end of it, we'll produce (at least) recommendations for how to proceed. (To help prepare the agenda and start discussing now, visit our google group.)

We already know that members of Councilmember Brewer's team, Sam Wong and Kunal Malhotra, will attend. We're working on getting representatives from the Mayor's Office as well. Any members with connections should go ahead and make invites, or send names and phone numbers my way.

Some important principles:
1. This is an open event. Elected officials are welcome and encouraged to attend, but they have no special standing in this space.
2. We wish to support and collaborate with those working in government. Keep the tone positive and constructive.

Your $10 recommended donation helps us provide food, wine, and an excellent meeting space. You can make your donation in advance through the site, or just bring it with you.

See you there, and be sure to spread the word. This looks to be an interesting and meaningful event.


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