That’s the question Alex Hillman posed in his latest post, a great introduction to the efforts of Jeff Friedman, Manager of Civic Innovation and Participation for the City of Philadelphia and Code for America. Both, along with The Media Mobilizing Project are helping to surface, and connect people and resources leveraging in great part what Tim O’Reilly had called “the architecture of participation” way back in 2004.
I’ve always believed, due to personal experience, that when you enable people to connect and communicate with who and what they need to, with each other, great things are possible. These efforts provide gateways for those who work in technology to make contributions strengthening neighborhoods, communities, and the world.
BTW – check out the NYTimes piece on IndyHall, founded by Alex, which from everything I’ve ever heard from everyone who has worked there, sounds based on enabling the above.
The Freedom Rings Partnership
NewAmerica.net: Preston Rhea: “How to Create a Public Computer Center”
O’Reilly Radar Gov 2.0
Quora: “How should the United States Congress use social media to enhance the legislative process?”
Wired: “Disrupting poverty: How Barefoot College is empowering women through peer-to-peer learning and technology”
Wired.com: “How Khan Academy Is Changing the Rules of Education”
flying kite: “Radio Revolution: West Philly’s Prometheus Promotes Stations by the People, For the People”
WSJ: Jonah Lehrer:“Boot Camp for Boosting IQ”:
Our IQ scores may be bounded by our genes, but it looks as if it’s possible to significantly increase measured intelligence after only a few hours of training. “Intelligence is a lot like height,” Prof. Jonides says. “We know that how tall you are is largely determined by the height of your parents. But we also know that better nutrition can make everyone a lot taller. Perhaps the n-back task is just an ideal form of mental nutrition.”
More from Jonah Lehrer on his Wired blog, “Frontal Cortex”.
Is this “Brain Workshop” a good open source implementation of n-back?
The Journal Register Company, which is running a forward thinking project focusing on newspaper production, reached an important landmark yesterday, and published their newspapers using open source tools.
Read about it from Jeff Jarvis and on the Journal Register’s blog about the project they have appropriately titled, “The Ben Franklin Project”. The work that The Journal Register Company is putting into this will provide a template for others to build upon.
More from Steve Earley and John Paton.
MIT’s Project Sikuli has released a new version with some IDE and API improvements.
Sikuli, along with Scatch open up programming in innovative and fun ways.