Revisiting what Smarter Communities means in 2018

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(The People's Roadmap Moderator) #1

In 2013, Smarter Communities was captured as follows:

The strength of New York City is rooted in its neighborhoods and communities. New York City consists of many strong, vibrant, and diverse networks. To create smarter communities, essential digital literacy skills are needed. Combined with digital civic engagement opportunities we build smarter, safer, and empowered communities. By simply making the treasure trove of City data more usable, NYC will increase accessibility, community awareness, and participation. By building upon NYC’s existing legal framework, listening to the needs of individuals and communities, and extending digital participatory programs, the City can ensure a thriving, local, and sustainable ecosystem.

New York City is already blessed with many civic communities who are integrating technology with community needs. To build smarter communities, we recommend the next administration devise and implement active listening projects, tools for community boards, and an agile strategy where community groups, individuals, and civic hackers can fully realize collective projects. Finally, the next mayor needs to refine Code Corps to be an “always-on” civic practice that builds community digital services. This collective group of collaborators will to demonstrate, educate, and grow 21st Century practitioners.

This topic is a place to discuss what Smarter Communities means in four years later. What progress has been made in the last four years? What new problems have arisen?

(Benjamin Chrobot) #2

(The People's Roadmap Moderator) #3

These are the crowdsourced summary statements from The People’s Roadmap Workshop – Manhattan Edition (December 7, 2017):

  • Smarter Communities means community members are knowledgeable about the concerns of their area and empowered with knowledge and relationships to resolve them (ex. Elderly needs assistance, election officers needed, lost dogs, etc.).

  • Smarter Communities means:

    • Mobilized neighborhood watch
    • Community billboards with needs/wants (pattern match with other communities?)
    • Education programs (virtual with digital ties).
  • Smarter Communities means accessibility needs and/or awareness in public transit

  • Smarter Communities means bridging the digital divide: knowledge of, access to, ability to use, and effective use of technology.

  • Smarter Communities means computer/tech literacy. Making sense of new tech and information shared over new media and technology.

  • Smarter Communities enable communities to set their own digital priorities and enable them to develop these priorities in a culturally and environmentally sensitive way.

  • Smarter Communities means providing resources for civic coders and entrepreneurs to help them and guide them towards taking their civic ideas from just ideas to actual solutions and also offer the platform where like-minded civic entrepreneurs can meet.

  • Smart Cities means leveraging tech to engage residents in the planning process, leveraging tech to enhance public perks, and better visualization of civic data at a neighborhood level.

  • Smarter Communities means communities empowered with innovative technology that enables human being advancement in order for them to achieve their full potential and create a better world.