New Workshop: Oakland First Friday, Addressing Skepticism and more…

  1. New Workshop: Oakland First Fridays Arts Festival

  2. In-person Workshop: From Framing to Flagging

  3. New Features And Bug Fixes

  4. From The Blog: ‘Tell It Like It Is’ Ep 2: Skepticism

  5. Updates from the Santa Cruz Startup Space: Xconomy Article by Wade Roush


1. New Workshop: Oakland First Fridays Arts Festival

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First Friday in Oakland has become one of the city’s most popular events, bringing together people from all walks of life in a city that is normally characterized as being fairly fragmented. However, with a recent shooting at the event earlier this year, many people are questioning how safe it is to attend. This prompted the city to ban the open consumption of alcohol during the event and even consider discontinuing financial support for the event organizers. Help us figure out how to improve First Friday in Oakland by joining the workshop Oakland First Fridays Arts Festival.

2. In-person Workshop: From Framing to Flagging
Civinomics will be hosting another facilitator meetup in our continuing series “From Framing to Flagging.” The next meetup is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 7 from 6:00 to 7:30pm at CruzioWorks. To learn more and RSVP, click here. Beer and snacks shall be provided.

3. New Features and Bug Fixes

Code updates since the last newsletter:

– Upgraded voting arrows
– Improvements to adding and editing items
– Improvements to the viewing of resources. Photos, videos and PDFs now embedded in the resources page.
– Improvements to workshop slideshow editor

Coming up:

– Facebook likes
– Upload of member photos into albums
– More UI improvements

4. From the Blog: ‘Tell It Like It Is’ Ep 2: Skepticism

This week Civinomics CMO Robert Singleton continues his video blog series titled “Tell It Like It Is.” This time Robert sits down with Outreach Rep and resident skeptic Arly Gordon to talk about how he responds to skepticism about Civinomics. Specifically, Robert talks about three unique experiences in which he dealt with someone who either didn’t understand the Civinomics vision or how the site should be used. Robert talks about explaining the site in the context of teaching his father how to use social media, about an experience he had with a particularly active member who felt the site detracted from real civic action, and about a conversation he had with a staff person of an elected official who feared Civinomics would just provide another mechanism to spam them. Watch the video here.

5. Updates from the Santa Cruz Startup Space: Xconomy Article by Wade Roush

Wade Roush, the editor of San Francisco Xconomy, has published a three-part series on the challenges facing Santa Cruz in becoming a more established startup community. Civinomics CMO Robert Singleton is quoted in the article numerous times, as is Margaret Rosas of Looker, Dave Britton of MakersFactory and Bonnie Lipscomb, the Economic Development Coordinator for the city. Xconomy is an online site that covers everything startup, from funding to culture to the individual companies and communities that are making a difference. Check it out and read about Santa Cruz here.

That’s all for now. Thanks for reading, and have a great week!

The Civinomics Team

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