How do you get techies, govies, and citizens to identify, collaborate, and start creating solutions for your local government? Host a CityCamp. It's easier than you think. The first CityCamp Raleigh started as a conversation about citizen engagement, but we realized that we could do more than just... Read more
In 2005, during a visit to Paris, Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus proposed a joint venture to the chairman of Danone (spelled Dannon in the US). The objective was to supply Danone's delicious yogurt to the malnourished children of Bangladesh. They would add micronutrients to the yogurt so that if a... Read more
On Monday I was invited to participate in the Energy panel of the President's Council of Jobs and Competitiveness. After introductions by NCSU Chancellor Randy Woodson, North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan, and US Department of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Chair of the Council (and Chairman and... Read more
San Francisco will hold its second CityCamp, CityCampSF 2011, this Saturday, June 18, and include municipal employees, journalists, developers and neighborhood leaders “working on solutions for better communities and government.” The event is hosted by SF Department of Technology. We asked... Read more
Yesterday morning, I and others from Red Hat had the great privilege of attending a roundtable with members of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, which was hosting a variety of sessions in North Carolina on key issues related to workforce development, entrepreneurship, energy... Read more
I was privileged this past weekend to be involved in a twenty-first century version of participatory government. CityCamp Raleigh was an 'unconference' with little planned structure other than the first day. We learned about unconferences, CityCamps in other cities, and problems facing citizens... Read more
What does it take to find a cure for Alzheimer’s? Can we spare returning soldiers from post-traumatic stress disorder? The moon shot is on collaboration and sharing. And just as in the moon race, the challenge is far too great for a single group to undertake it alone.
Two weeks ago, 16 Girl Scouts and their troops' leaders went to RIT for a Scratch-fueled, day-long workshop in game design and development in pursuit of their "Games for Life" interest project. The workshop was the fifth sponsored by RIT's School of Interactive Games and Media, Rochester Women in... Read more
The June issue of Harvard Business Review features an interesting article by Roger Martin (one of the leading management minds of our time and author of the just published book Fixing The Game). The article tells the story of how Scott Cook, founder and current Chairman of Intuit, kicked off an... Read more
Green Energy Corp creates software and services for communications and energy companies. They're working towards an open source smart grid solution that will help both new and old companies in the industry for more efficient, greener energy.