Technology solutions can be software or hardware or even new ways of using old processes. They are tools that assist individuals and communities to engage with each other, share information, and take action.
This is the second in a series of posts about how technology can help food rescue and food security. I am collaborating with community groups in Somerville, MA; trying to extend and enhance existing food rescue programs. Click here to read the first, a tech overview.
This is the first in a series of posts about how technology can help food rescue and food security. I am collaborating with community groups in Somerville, MA; trying to extend and enhance existing food rescue programs. Read the second post, about our design workshop, here.
Food waste is a huge problem in the US – with millions of tons wasted per year and scores left hungry around the nation. Members of the Somerville Coalition for Food Security approached me to help work on this problem here in my town; wondering how technology could help them expand their exiting food recovery programs. As a first step, I did a bunch of research into who is using technology to help with food rescue, and how. This post summarizes that research.
"Our job is to get government used to the idea of failing."
Nigel Jacobs' New Urban Mechanics team at Boston's City Hall has piloted several successful projects since its launch in 2010, from video game-inspired citizen engagement platforms to mobile apps to report potholes. But according to Jacob, one of the most important contributions the team is making to civic innovation is not building great apps and services, but in giving government officials the space to get things wrong.
In a guest post published today on the Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Head Count” admissions and enrollment blog (for which I myself have written), Jack Baworowsky, VP of enrollment management at Dominican University, warns his colleagues that it “is not a question of if but when will there be a major shift in the way we think about student recruitment.”
Submitted by kanarinka on February 27, 2013 - 11:17am
On Friday, February 22nd, 2013, the White House held its first ever hackathon. Twenty-one coders, data scientists, and user experience designers from around the country joined seven members of the White House’s development team to work on the first We the People API. I had the great privilege of participating in this event. (Dude! I went to the White House to hack! Ok, back to journalist voice).
How do you find fresh food in Boston if you're in a hurry? For many people in the city, it's not that easy. Over the next few months I'm working on a project with the Mayor's office of New Urban Mechanics and the Mayor's Youth Council to figure out how to make it easier, and cheaper to eat well. Find Fresh Food Fast was born out of Sarah Williams' Crowdsourced City class at MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning and we'll be using techniques like crowdsourcing to build knowledge and tools that facilitate better eating for everyone in the city.
Last month at the Center for Civic Media we held CrisisCamp Boston - an event that is part of the global Crisis Commons organization and sprung out of the Hurricane Hackers group that began life in the Center for Civic Media. There were three motivations for organizing the event: to build on the success of the Sandy group and move forward with those projects, to tackle an immediate and local issue (Boston's flu emergency) and to experiment with a new hackathon / workshop format.
Submitted by elplatt on December 27, 2012 - 10:35am
In the Vojo community call on Tuesday, December 18, we invited organizations using Vojo to to share their experiences and materials for training and mobilizing new users. A few themes emerged from the discussion.
Actively collecting stories in workshops and in the community is more effective than a simple call for submissions.
Face-to-face instruction is helpful for new users.
Printed, take-home guides are a good supplement to face-to-face instruction.