Imagine the moment your boss makes it clear why he hired you, and it’s not the reason he once gave you. You’re three months into your new job as chief innovation officer in a decidedly uncool suburban city near San Francisco. You’d been told the job … [Continue reading] about How one San Francisco-area city found its own “cool” "You have to ask who it's for."
You've no doubt heard of or even confronted stubborn resistance by data "owners." Some of them can say "no" faster than Italian bureaucrats. You want what? Some of my data? This seems so pervasive that would-be data users might stand a better chance … [Continue reading] about Even some spooks like open data "This is culturally difficult for us"
Louisville, Kentucky's chief technology manager works with civic-tech innovators every day. That sounds to me like a good way to make a city smart. But that's only the beginning. First comes openness, and not just open data. Ed Blayney welcomes the … [Continue reading] about Smart cities sounds magical, but civic tech gets it done "You have to be tenacious and cool"
Take a look at the San Ramon City Council's official portrait and see what you notice. I saw four white men of about Boomer age standing shoulder to shoulder — and in line with them one young woman rising just above their belly height. She's about to … [Continue reading] about Coaxing a city into the digital age "It's about what people expect"
I make the hour-long drive down to Silicon Valley with the help of Waze even though I know the way there. I use Waze because it rouses me from daydreams in time to take an exit. It's always alert even if I’m not — and does even more than that. It … [Continue reading] about Opaque top-down systems vs do-it-yourself Look around, find data, invent, repeat