Meet Neighborhow. Brought to you by Code for America and the City of Philadelphia, Neighborhow will crowd-source how-tos and best practices around specific neighborhood improvement projects. Anyone—residents, groups, even city government—will be able to copy, edit, and improve upon the content. Neighborhow will also connect to resources in city government and community organizations and to tools like Change by Us to help people complete their projects.
We’re piloting Neighborhow in Philadelphia where we’ll focus on three topics related to the city’s “Smarter, Safer, Greener/more sustainable” efforts—organizing a block cleanup, hosting a block party, and starting a neighborhood watch. Before we pilot the Neighborhow program itself, we want to learn if city residents want to participate in and contribute to this kind of learning ecosystem.
We’re asking people to sign up as Writers, Editors, and Doers as a way to assess their interest. Please help us out by sharing Neighborhow with your friends and family. We think it’s valuable to many cities and for many other topics. So get involved and help us build it!
Source: Office of Mayor Michael A. Nutter
CODE FOR AMERICA FORUM: THIS WEDNESDAY
Code for America enlists the brightest minds of the web industry into public service to use their skills to solve core problems facing our communities. We help talented technologists leverage the power of the internet to make governments more open and efficient, and become civic leaders able to realize transformational change with technology
Do you feel city government could be run more efficiently/transparently? So does the government…
…and they’ve recruited the Code for America program to help us down that road. Code for America is a recently launched national program to build applications to help city governments be more effective. The other cities joining Philly in this progressive, inaugural program include Boston, DC, and Seattle. In Philadelphia, the program will be a part of the city’s ongoing Digital Philadelphia Initiative. Philadelphia’s fellows will dedicate 9 months to coding, but first they’re spending the month of February in Philadelphia researching how to improve the connection between Philly’s citizens and government.
So join Young Involved Philadelphia, Technically Philly, University of the Arts- Corzo Center and the City of Philadelphia – on February 23rd from 6-8 at University of the Arts (Gershman Y) for a fun, non-technical brainstorming session. If you have ideas on how city government can be improved, come out. Let’s make it happen.
Let us know you’re coming — http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1322887793/efbnen\.