Great video explaining the power of citizen engagement

Even though our time with the Town of Cary Technology Task Force (TTF) is almost over, I can’t stop researching. I’ve had the same experience with car and house shopping. You can’t turn off those compulsive Google searches even after you’ve found what you’re looking for.

Last week, I found this video on citizen engagement from PBS News Hour. It features a couple of tools we’ve discussed in our TTF meetings – SeeClickFix and MindMixer.

Some of my favorite moments in the video:

The quote from the mayor of Omaha on the town’s experience with their Engage Omaha citizen engagement effort:

If somebody has an idea at 3 a.m., they can go online and tell us about it.

And the story about how the hot dog vendor’s music annoyed one lady, but was actually beloved by the majority of the local folks.

Check it out and let us know what you think.

What mobile/web apps should we pursue?

Crime data. Greenways maps. Class schedules. There is an abundance of data out there, and the Technology Task Force is looking for ways to deliver it to Cary citizens via streamlined, easy-to-use mobile/web applications (aka, “apps”).

Do you have a ideas for apps that would improve your interaction with the Town of Cary? Let us know what you think.  Below are some ideas we’re looking into.  Suggest your own or comment on other posted ideas! Continue reading