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New Meetup: Divining Intuitive Pathways for Open Gov

From: Tom L.
Sent on: Friday, November 6, 2009 1:44 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Imagining New York City's Internet - the .nyc TLD!

What: Divining Intuitive Pathways for Open Gov

When: November 16,[masked]:00 PM

The Open Planning Project
148 Lafayette, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10013

Re-imagining A People Their Government

The Net facilitates a new realm of transparency and collaboration in the governance process. If carefully configured it will enable the creation of a more prosperous and livable city.

We will be joining the OpenGov Collaboration (see details below) which is rethinking of the roles of "government" and "the people" and facilitating more direct resident access to government information and processes.

Listen carefully for potential domain names that will facilitate an improved governance process. For example, if talk turns to the Public Data Directory, make a note of and and submit them to our Domain Name Allocation Plan wiki page.


It's a new political year. The NYC administration has some fresh faces, some familiar ones, and lots of opportunity for incorporating new ideas. It's our job to show our representatives and officials the power of openness, and help them implement new solutions.

Your Open Gov NYC organizer is kicking things off by making some resolutions.

1. More Better Events

I'm going to devote more time this year to making the events better executed, better attended, and more inclusive. Thankfully, the radically open team at TOPP has pledged some support, including their inspiring (and green) penthouse space. Our primary goal for this first event is to come up with a series of monthly events that we think will make the most impact.

Some ideas:

* A series of open gov "how-to" presentations, which we'll record and publish
* A hackathon focused on the municipal level
* An event catering to electeds and city officials

2. Share what works

The open gov movement is going local, and there's no reason there can't be a meetup like ours in every city. We can inspire others by documenting our events, creating useful materials about open gov, sharing what works and what doesn't, and telling our stories. We'll need a sharing strategy: one that doesn't involve yet another wiki, and could scale to include input from other meetups.

3. Free!

I'm working on building partnerships and sponsorships, so that we don't have to ask for donations from attendees. The next event will have light refreshment and drinks, provided by our Australian pals Collabforge (full disclosure: they also employ me). The friendly folks at TOPP are providing space for this event.

So join us on Novemeber 16th for an informal event. Doors open at 7pm for eating, drinking, and talking. At 8pm, we'll convene for a collaborative planning session facilitated by yours truly.

The question: How can we make NYC more open in 2010?

Happy New Gov!

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