Helping to contribute to Drupal core, for the third year in a row the Boston Drupal Group will be participating in the Drupal Global Sprint Weekend. Join us for two days (9am - 6pm each day) as we collaborate with the global Drupal community and work on core Drupal issues.
Where: 1 Rogers Street, Cambridge, MA
When: 1/28 - 1/29 6-9PM
Harlan WNational Advisory Council & Brigade Action Teams
Allows secretaries/teachers to check if their students should get an excused access if the MBTA is delayed. Currently the system is that there are no excused absences. We are launching the app with BPS transportation.
As part of the Generation Citizen action civics program, students Greater Boston middle and high schools will launch action projects to advocate for change on our community's most significant problems. By November 5th, GC students will have identified a significant community issue and be just about ready to reach out to local decision-makers and constituents to advocate for change on their issue
Center for Civic Design Survey
The Center for Civic Design, a research and design nonprofit, is trying to understand how people get information about elections.
From Josh Wolff: Hey Everyone! We just released our new white paper on Open Data Collaborations. HKS student Jennifer Angarita led this joint study between the City of Cambridge and Harvard's Ash Center, and many of you helped provide insights. If you have comments or ideas for next steps, please feel free to post them using the "Discuss" button next to the report, or send them to me directly at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
brainstorm what materials are best suited for engagement materials
Develop a mock up of an engagement page
6. Program Management (Lead: Robin)
How might we provide a way for “community stewards”/activists to visualize and track the impact of their efforts in their neighborhood over time (in areas of health, housing, education, employment, safety, civic engagement, and/or quality of life)?
William SHow might this solution encourage new community stewards to discover actionable ways to keep making their community better?
Build a platform based on the "redeployable" app Adopta, an app to allow citizens to adopt civic infrastructure. We want to focus on ease of redeployability in order to reach as many areas as possible. We also want to investigate new incentive structures and see how we can improve citizen engagement.
The Problem: People at large have no power to create real transformative change because the Internet and the current tools we have aren't built for meaningful sharing of factual information; making it very difficult to achieve scale. For every piece of factual information, there is a 100 pieces of counter-information. All the tools we have: blogs, Wikipedia, Quora, comment sections, forums, etc...are all unstructured vehicles to share information. And so today, we have news articles with 5000+ comments and no one at the end of the conversation is any wiser, and the same debates get hashed over and over again on each news article, Youtube video, blog, etc. People live in their own bubbles of belief 'because I did my research on the Internet' and no one is connected to a central, ubiquitous, and unbiased civic resource. We desperately need a trusted, interconnected civic information network where everyone is able to interact with and meaningfully dispute false information once and for all. Only then, will the decisions we make to solve problems be based in objective reality and fact. Everyone is trying to find the experts for the answers. Well, in a networked world, you don't find the experts - the experts find you.
The Solution: Build a platform that empowers the public towards greater impact in civic engagement. Empower people to create and consume accurate, evidence-based information on issues affecting their communities. Establish the means for greater impact by collectively validating and interacting with crowd sourced and interconnected knowledge. No disinformation. No distortion. No manipulation. This establishes powerful access and transparency to local, state, and federal information; shaping public opinion, incentivizing active citizen duty of engagement, and ultimately arming people fighting for change with a structured open civic information network where truly unbiased information lives. The goal is two-fold 1) to be the hub where all civic action begins and all political and social decisions are based - on indisputable facts - and 2) continually evolve and improve the process flow of information; creating a more efficient, accurate, and valid establishment of the term crowd intelligence. Time to get real. Real Social. BONUS: User Stories are already written and accessible on Kanbanery.com, talk to Adam for access.