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Places we can find open civic problems #3
What problem are we trying to solve?
How do I get involved in hacking on local issues but avoid app-for-that mentality? What have folks done about these issues in the past, and how are they defined by the people who live through these issues?
I want to create a better way for folks to get involved in civic hacking in NYC. This will require building a path to discover us, helping people understand how to get involved, and showing them enough value for their time that they effectively join the community. There are three goals that I’d like the following folks in NYC to be able to accomplish within an hour of basic searching:
Who will benefit (directly and indirectly) from this project?
Where can we find any research/data available/articles?
What help is needed at this time?
I'd like to start by collecting sources (living and static) of concerns, issues, problems, and needs from folks who have spent the time to articulate them or themselves experience them and are asking for help. The one I know of is this: http://www.nyc.gov/html/mancb3/html/district/needs.shtml.
What are the next steps (validation, research, coding, design)?
Please respond to this issue with places we can find open civic problems. Once those are collected I'd like to make a simple website that folks can discover and learn about how to get involved in them and also the civic hacking communities in the city.
How can we contact you outside of Github(list social media or places you're present)?
This Github issue is the best place to start with how to get involved (see below), but to get a more long-form summary of what's happened so far, see the page for this on my website: https://andyhub.com/now/civic-hacking-in-nyc/. You can also find my contact info there: https://andyhub.com/about
Checklist for NEW ideas
Here's a start to my list of locals I'd be interested in working with...
AIGA NY Citizen Designer Now! Pledge & Fellowship
@noneck civicgraph.io seems to be having some server errors, but that field guide is
It was posted over a year ago, but it still gets updated daily with a few people lurking on the doc right now, so I'd say it's active and has some great content to accomplish my first goal (i.e. Anyone interested in civic hacking can discover, join, and understand how to meaningfully participate in a network of like-minded people.) Only issue is making the thing more visible and ideally more usable than a google spreadsheet. I'd love to see it rendered as a website in a periodic release cadence. I'll reach out to the folks to see if they'd be into that.
But before I do, @noneck, would adding NYC info and the ability to filter things by city (either functionally or just visually) effectively be the same as "having something like this for NYC"? Or do you think there should be something separate?
Another really cool way for folks to get involved in this project is to get up to speed on GetOrganizedBK's project #17. They're designing a better way for "Brooklyn residents working together to defend democracy and human dignity" to handle ad hoc project/skill matching.
For this project (#3), though, GOBK's work is a great model that could be copied to some extent so that it's open to all civic hacking opportunities in all boroughs and maybe JC. It'd be great if #17 itself eventually extends to overlap significantly or even encompass all civic hacking opportunities, regardless of borough and political philosophy. But they've got great momentum on a nicely scoped plan right now, so I'd still consider this two distinct (but overlapping) projects.