Free Workshops, Civic Morality and more from Civinomics August 12th
1. Start a Public Workshop, Free
Civinomics officially celebrated being in business for 2 years last Monday! So to all of our staff, supporters and members, thanks for everything. During that time our outreach staff interviewed over 5,500 people and, in the 4 months since our online platform has launched, we have covered 25 different workshops. But to continue to grow we’ve realized we need to leverage the knowledge and expertise of more smart people like yourselves. We’d like to start by offering you, our wonderful community, a free public workshop on a topic you care about.
Get started today by clicking here: https://civinomics.com/workshop/display/create/form
When you’re ready to publish email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Invite Representatives and Thought Leaders
It’s been 2 weeks since we implemented the ability to invite “listeners” (a generic term for your local representatives and thought leaders) to join in on workshops. Since then, the community has sent over 127 invitations to 69unique listeners. Great job!
However, only 22 listeners have accepted and taken an active role in these workshops, so be sure to click to blue envelope next to each pending listener’s name. This will remind them that you’d like them to participate and help onboard more intellectual firepower towards creating solutions. If you have any suggestions for additional listeners don’t hesitate to suggest them in the box provided on each workshop. You can do this by entering in their name in the left hand column of each workshop homepage.
Have feedback about this feature? We’d love to hear it.
3. New Features and Bug Fixes
Added last week:
- We’ve changed the way you vote on ideas to a YES/NO binary instead of UP/DOWN.
- The search page now includes filters for regions and tags. That means you can find all of the ideas and discussions for ‘Santa Cruz’ or a category like ‘Environment.’
Coming up next week:
- Expanded Facebook sharing
- Photo uploading
4. From the Blog: ‘Whose Planet is it Anyways? Civic Morals in Elysium’
Seen the new sci-fi film Elysium yet? Written and directed by Neil Blomkamp of District 9 fame, the film explores it’s creator’s favorite subject, radical social inequity in a not so distant future. The movie is designed to be a hollywood blockbuster, i.e. not a lot of time for dialogue. Our resident space enthusiast and CEO Manu Koenig picks up where the film leaves off in a new blog post. Manu argues that while their is a clear lack of morality on the part of the elite, both in Blomkamp’s world and our own, it’s the rest of us that have the moral obligation to act and ‘reboot’ the system. Read on…
5. Updates from the Gov 2.0 Frontier
In a surprising development, the state of Georgia’s entire web presence (including that of all 55 state agencies) is moving to Drupal. For those of you who don’t know, Drupal is “an open source content management system that serves as the backbone for a number of federal websites, including the White House.” The switch marks the first time a state has embraced an open source platform for all of its content. It is also expected to save Georgia over 4.7 million dollars over 5 years. Talk about a win for Gov 2.0.