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March 28, 1:53 PM click here to comment > 1

The Inception Event (Code for America)

[NOTE: The following was originally published by Seattle's Chief Technology Officer Bill Schrier on his personal blog, the Chief Seattle Geek.]

I guess you can teach an older CTO (me!) new tricks.

I was pleasantly surprised by a Code for America “inception event” on March 17th. The event was the kickoff – really the kickoff of the second half of our “game” (project) to create open source software which will help Seattle and Philadelphia and other cities’ neighborhood leaders … well … “lead”.

Every City and County has neighborhood activists – people who care about their blocks and their communities – and want to improve them. Most often, such activists are “made”, not born. There are many “inception events” which create activists for examples:

  • A child or a senior citizen is struck by a speeding car in a crosswalk.
  • A sex predator moves into the neighborhood.
  • A rash of burglaries occurs in homes on the block.
  • A vacant lot becomes overgrown with weeds and becomes a breeding ground for rats and insects.

Quite often, many people in the neighborhood recognize the problem. Sometimes, someone in the neighborhood recognizes the problem and decides to take action to fix it.

An activist is born.

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Comments

Comment from paul C
Time March 28, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Other neighborhood activists try and put a freeway ramp in your neighborhood to benefit them (no kidding, this happened in the early 1990’s).