"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has"

Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
(used with permission)

"If you don't like the news .... go out and make some of your own !!"

Wes "Scoop" Nisker, Newscaster


Government is a slow and tedious process. While it often includes citizen and neighborhood involvement, non-governmental, private organizations have created movements and interesting groups which can create positive change in our cities and towns.

I am fascinated by the way groups are created and how they influence public decision making. This blog merely recognizes them and forwards the description of these groups from their own websites.

Monday, May 6, 2013


Location: Nationwide

Website: www.citycamp.com

CityCamp is an unconference focused on innovation for municipal governments and community organizations. As an unconference, content for CityCamp is not programmed for a passive audience. Instead, content is created and organized by participants and coordinated by facilitators.

Participants are expected to play active roles in sessions. This provides an excellent format for creative, open exchange geared toward action.

CityCamp is a series of events, first started in Chicago, focused on innovation for government and community organizations in our cities. Each CityCamp has four main goals:

- Bring together government officials, municipal employees, experts, programmers, designers, citizens and journalists to share perspectives and insights about the cities in which they live,

- Create or maintain government transparency and effective local governance using the web as a platform,

- Foster communities of practice and advocacy on the role of information and open data in cities, and

- Create outcomes that participants will act on during and after the event.

CityCamp explores and documents ideas, lessons learned and best practices that can be implemented within and shared across municipalities, anywhere in the world. Of particular interest is the use of social/participatory media, mobile devices, linked open data, and the idea of the “Web as a platform.”

CityCamp recognizes that local government, business, and community organizations have the most direct influence and impact on our daily lives. This event looks to connect local communities who are dedicated to design, process, and technology applications that make cities more open and “user friendly.”

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