These are working notes for a lunch talk I am giving at the City of Toronto web 2.0 summit in late November. Help wanted. Please comment on my blog w/ ideas.
city of toronto web 2.0 talk
title: a city that thinks like the web
- main point: openess and participation created a better internet. they can also create a better city.
part 1 - making a better web
<steal a bunch from belztner changing the world talk>
- <mozilla logo>
- a public benefit org by and for people who think the (open) web matters
- <firefox logo>
- 1997: the web is in danger
- changed the way we thought -->
- open sourced the browser
- invited people to help make the web better
- and they did (ny times ad)
- recent stats: dev team, staff, contributors, evangelists (download day), users
- market share graph
- how: an open, transparent and participatory development model
- this way of working is powerful
- it can move mountains
- future we're building:
- everyone participating with open technologies to build things that solve problems.
part 2 - making a better city
- question: can we use the web + openness + participation to make our city better?
- yes, and people are already doing it (examples -->)
<not sure which examples to use yet ... and want some more>
- citizens can provide info needed to run the city better
- fixmystreet.org by mysociety in the UK
- web 2.0 services make carpooling cheaper and more popular
- which pisses off the bus companies
- opening your data allows others to make your city better
- google transit
- story re: portland opening their data getting them in the door first
- local web-2.0-istas self organize own industry networks
- local economic development
- bar camp etc. (toronto)
- inviting citizens to innovate reaps great ideas
- all this goodness happens outside the city hall firewall
- http://www.appsfordemocracy.org/ (really amazing. look at the entries)
- what do all these things have in common?
- openess, participation ... and city hall didn't do the heavy lifting
- if the people in this room (who work for the city) build it, it's not web 2.0
part 3 - s challenges to City Hall (that's you!)
- i think we can do this in toronto. i have three chalenges for you ...
<develop into specific challenges they can act on immediately> <side comment about re: City Hall should use firefox and dump their commercial CMS?>
- open up (y)our data (like portland transit)
- crowd source city info gathering (like fixmystreet.com)
- listen to your citizens (policy, yes ...but also on customer service)
how? ask the citizens of toronto to help, just like DC has: http://www.appsfordemocracy.org/
- recently i read a radical call to arms, encouraging us to ...
- "... use cutting-edge technologies to create a new level of transparency, accountability, and participation for citizens."
- who said this? activists? bloggers? tech ceos?
- no, it was barack obama
- things are changing. gov't 2.0 is happening. it's about to be the mainstream.
- toronto needs to be a part of it.