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A field guide to civic tech

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Micah Sifry, Erin Simpson, and Matt Stempeck present a field guide to civic tech at The Impacts of Civic Technology Conference at the Barcelona World Trade Center, April 2016.

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A field guide to civic tech

  1. 1. WHAT IS CIVIC TECH: TOWARD FINALIZING A BASIC FRAMEWORK SO THAT WE CAN MOVE ON WITH IT ALREADY MICAH SIFRY, FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CIVIC HALL MATT STEMPECK, DIRECTOR OF CIVIC TECHNOLOGY, MICROSOFT ERIN SIMPSON, PROGRAM DIRECTOR, CIVIC HALL LABS
  2. 2. It helps to have a map if you want to know where you’re going.
  3. 3. WHAT WE’RE GOING TO COVER IN THE NEXT 20 MINUTES 1. TOPLINE DEFINITION - WHAT IS IT 2. COMMON TOOL TYPES - WHAT IS ITS FUNCTION 3. COMMON SOCIAL PROCESSES - HOW DOES IT WORK 4. WAYS TO ORGANIZE - WHY, WHO, WHAT
  4. 4. CIVIC TECH IS THE USE OF TECHNOLOGY FOR THE PUBLIC GOOD TOPLINE DEFINITION
  5. 5. RE THE PUBLIC GOOD: IT IS CULTURALLY AND HISTORICALLY SUBJECTIVE. WE USE PUBLIC TO DISTINGUISH FROM PERSONAL AND PRIVATE. “PUBLIC GOOD” DEALS WITH SHARED PUBLIC CHALLENGES.
  6. 6. PHIL ASHLOCK, NICK GROSSMAN, ANDREW MCLAUGHLIN →
  7. 7. TOM STEINBERG →
  8. 8. NATHANIEL HELLER →
  9. 9. MICAH SIFRY →
  10. 10. COMMON FUNCTIONS Crowdfunding platforms Benefit navigation tools Campaign organizing platforms Check-in tools Constituent to Government communication tools Crowdsourced data collection Data schemas and standards Data Visualization tools and Platforms Event organizing tools Freedom of Information tools Government to constituent communications Group communication tools Group decision-making tools Ideation tools Issue reporting platforms Legislation engagement platforms Mapping platforms Marketplaces and Clearinghouses Neighborhood forums Online Petition sites Open data publishing platforms Opinion matching platforms Resource matching/sharing sites Sensors Service alerts Watchdogging and Transparency projects
  11. 11. COMMON FUNCTIONS Crowdfunding platforms Benefit navigation tools Campaign organizing platforms Check-in tools Constituent to Government communication tools Crowdsourced data collection Data schemas and standards Data Visualization tools and Platforms Event organizing tools Freedom of Information tools Government to constituent communications Group communication tools Group decision-making tools Ideation tools Issue reporting platforms Legislation engagement platforms Mapping platforms Marketplaces and Clearinghouses Neighborhood forums Online Petition sites Open data publishing platforms Opinion matching platforms Resource matching/sharing sites Sensors Service alerts Watchdogging and Transparency projects
  12. 12. CONSTITUENT TO GOVERNMENT COMMUNICATION TOOLS
  13. 13. COMMON FUNCTIONS Crowdfunding platforms Benefit navigation tools Campaign organizing platforms Check-in tools Constituent to Government communication tools Crowdsourced data collection Data schemas and standards Data Visualization tools and platforms Event organizing tools Freedom of Information tools Government to constituent communications Group communication tools Group decision-making tools Ideation tools Issue reporting platforms Legislation engagement platforms Mapping platforms Marketplaces and Clearinghouses Neighborhood forums Online Petition sites Open data publishing platforms Opinion matching platforms Resource matching/sharing sites Sensors Service alerts Watchdogging and Transparency projects
  14. 14. ISSUE REPORTING PLATFORMS
  15. 15. Crowdfunding platforms Benefit navigation tools Campaign organizing platforms Check-in tools Constituent to Government communication tools Crowdsourced data collection Data schemas and standards Data Visualization tools and Platforms Event organizing tools Freedom of Information tools Government to constituent communications Group communication tools Group decision-making tools Ideation tools Issue reporting platforms Legislation engagement platforms Mapping platforms Marketplaces and Clearinghouses Neighborhood forums Online Petition sites Open data publishing platforms Opinion matching platforms Resource matching/sharing sites Sensors Service alerts Watchdogging and Transparency projects COMMON FUNCTIONS
  16. 16. SENSORS
  17. 17. Crowdfunding platforms Benefit navigation tools Campaign organizing platforms Check-in tools Constituent to Government communication tools Crowdsourced data collection Data schemas and standards Data Visualization tools and Platforms Event organizing tools Freedom of Information tools Government to constituent communications Group communication tools Group decision-making tools Ideation tools Issue reporting platforms Legislation engagement platforms Mapping platforms Marketplaces and Clearinghouses Neighborhood forums Online Petition sites Open data publishing platforms Opinion matching platforms Resource matching/sharing sites Sensors Service alerts Watchdogging and Transparency projects COMMON FUNCTIONS
  18. 18. BUT ISN’T CIVIC TECH MORE THAN JUST TECH? It’s, even more importantly, the people and how they do things together.
  19. 19. COMMON SOCIAL PROCESSES CONVENE Civic hacking meetups Backchannels Roundtables Working Groups Physical gathering places, hubs Tech translators & intermediaries Talent Pipeline Peer networks Partner networks Datapalooza Conferences INFORM Journalism, books, podcasts, blogs Educational programs and courses Online Forums Research Centers and Projects Digital Literacy groups Workshops Data analysis for public good BUILD Innovation teams, Labs Open source projects Social impact design groups Foundation initiatives Accelerators Incubators Tech companies with civic teams Behavioral economics programs Open governance initiatives Data sourcing Civic & social good hackathons Civic tech competitions
  20. 20. AGITATE Politics (electoral + activism), campaigns Artistic interventions Investigative journalism CODIFY Field Definition and Governance Playbooks and design principles Toolkits SUPPORT Accelerate public sector work Fellowship programs COMMON SOCIAL PROCESSES
  21. 21. CONVENE Civic hacking meetups Backchannels Roundtables Working Groups Physical gathering places, hubs Tech translators & intermediaries Talent Pipeline Peer networks Partner networks Datapalooza Conferences INFORM Journalism, books, radio shows, blogs Educational programs and courses Online Forums Research Centers and Projects Digital Literacy groups Workshops Data analysis for public good BUILD Innovation teams, Labs Open source projects Social impact design groups Foundation initiatives Accelerators Incubators Tech companies with civic teams Behavioral economics programs Open governance initiatives Data sourcing Civic & social good hackathons Civic tech competitions COMMON SOCIAL PROCESSESCOMMON SOCIAL PROCESSES
  22. 22. CIVIC HACKING MEETUPS
  23. 23. CONVENE Civic hacking meetups Backchannels Roundtables Working Groups Physical gathering places, hubs Tech translators & intermediaries Talent Pipeline Peer networks Partner networks Datapalooza Conferences INFORM Journalism, books, radio shows, blogs Educational programs and courses Online Forums Research Centers and Projects Digital Literacy groups Workshops Data analysis for public good BUILD Innovation teams, Labs Open source projects Social impact design groups Foundation initiatives Accelerators Incubators Tech companies with civic teams Behavioral economics programs Open governance initiatives Data sourcing Civic & social good hackathons Civic tech competitions COMMON SOCIAL PROCESSESCOMMON SOCIAL PROCESSES
  24. 24. PHYSICAL GATHERING PLACES
  25. 25. CONVENE Civic hacking meetups Backchannels Roundtables Working Groups Physical gathering places, hubs Tech translators & intermediaries Talent Pipeline Peer networks Partner networks Datapalooza Conferences INFORM Journalism, books, radio shows, blogs Educational programs and courses Online Forums Research Centers and Projects Digital Literacy groups Workshops Data analysis for public good BUILD Innovation teams, Labs Open source projects Social impact design groups Foundation initiatives Accelerators Incubators Tech companies with civic teams Behavioral economics programs Open governance initiatives Data sourcing Civic & social good hackathons Civic tech competitions COMMON SOCIAL PROCESSESCOMMON SOCIAL PROCESSES
  26. 26. INNOVATION TEAMS
  27. 27. CONVENE Civic hacking meetups Backchannels Roundtables Working Groups Physical gathering places, hubs Tech translators & intermediaries Talent Pipeline Peer networks Partner networks Datapalooza Conferences INFORM Journalism, books, radio shows, blogs Educational programs and courses Online Forums Research Centers and Projects Digital Literacy groups Workshops Data analysis for public good BUILD Innovation teams, Labs Open source projects Social impact design groups Foundation initiatives Accelerators Incubators Tech companies with civic teams Behavioral economics programs Open governance initiatives Data sourcing Civic & social good hackathons Civic tech competitions COMMON SOCIAL PROCESSESCOMMON SOCIAL PROCESSES
  28. 28. WAYS TO ORGANIZE Degree of Change Conformist Reformist Transformist Who Pays (Customer) Government Philanthropy Private Who Uses (User) Gov Organization Individual How Civic Civic Feature Civic Product Civic Externality
  29. 29. WHO:
  30. 30. WHO: Government Organization Individual
  31. 31. WHO: Government Philanthropy Industry Consumer?
  32. 32. DEGREE OF CHANGE *Tony Roberts made this up! Conformist Reformist Transformist
  33. 33. HOW CIVIC Civic Feature Civic Product Civic Externality
  34. 34. FAILS FAILS
  35. 35. BREAK ME. ONLINE: http://bit.ly/organizecivictech IN PERSON: IN THE HALLWAY! AT PERSONAL DEMOCRACY FORUM, JUNE 9 AND 10 IN NYC
  36. 36. YOUR EXPERIENCE WILL VARY
  37. 37. THIS IS THE BEGINNING, NOT THE END. THANKS

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