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Little Tech, Big Impact - Monktoberfest 2013


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How to use a little technology to impact your community. This presentation details my experience contributing to a School Boundary Realignment process and how just a little tech made things easier for the community in Westerville, Ohio.

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Little Tech, Big Impact - Monktoberfest 2013

  1. 1. Little Tech, Big Impact Michael Ducy Opscode @mfdii
  2. 2. Little Tech, Big Impact or Putting Tech to Work for Your Community Michael Ducy Opscode @mfdii
  3. 3. Elementary School Boundary Realignment
  4. 4. Some facts about Westerville City Schools
  5. 5. Call to Action!
  6. 6. The Realignment Committee
  7. 7. "An informed citizenry is the only true repository of the public will…The people cannot be safe without information."
  8. 8. The PTA Meeting
  9. 9. The Realignment Committee Meeting
  10. 10. The Board Meeting
  11. 11. There are rules!
  12. 12. The little tech
  13. 13. grep|sed|tr
  14. 14. The Spreadsheet • Allowed for rapid experimentation • Allowed for looking at the data from different perspectives • Allowed “anyone” to create scenarios
  15. 15. The Maps
  16. 16. Scenario Building
  17. 17. Scenario Building over Beer
  18. 18. The first success
  19. 19. The second success
  20. 20. Getting called to the principal’s office
  21. 21. “For the ''superior morality',' of which we hear so much, we too would desire to be thankful: at the same time, it were but blindness to deny that this ''superior morality'' is properly rather an ''inferior criminality',' produced not by greater love of Virtue, but by greater perfection of Police; and of that far subtler and stronger Police, called Public Opinion.” - Thomas Carlyle
  22. 22. Lean School Board Committee
  23. 23. The final win
  24. 24. Next time • Create a site/app that allows anyone to create scenarios • Solve for the “optimal scenarios” • Leverage open source/real GIS systems • How can this be applied to other problems?