Video: Cary TTF Presentation to Town Council

Cary, NC – Here’s the video of our presentation to Cary Town Council on Thursday December 13, 2012.

Part 1

Part 1 starts with Mayor Weinbrecht’s introduction of the Cary TTF, an overview by Council Member Lori Bush and the Powerpoint presentation by TTF Member Hal Goodtree.

Part 1 on YouTube

Part 2

Part 2 is a Q&A about the TTF Report, mostly a discussion between members of Town Council.

Cary TTF Chair Ian Henshaw summarizes the single over-arching recommendation of the Task Force at the end of the clip.

Town Council then votes, directing staff to come up with a matrix of time. cost and legal issues regarding the recommendations of the Cary TTF.

Part 2 on YouTube

Watch it Here

  • For Part 1, roll down to 37 minutes and 18 seconds (37:18)
  • For Part 2, roll down to 1 hour, 7 minutes and 5 seconds (1:07:05)

Honoring State Senator Richard Stevens

We should mention that between the two parts of the TTF Report to Council, Mayor Weinbrecht reads a proclamation honoring Cary resident and North Carolina State Senator Richard Stevens for his service in public office. Senator Stevens thanks the Mayor and Council and makes a few remarks at the end.

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.

A New Public Service: the Civic Stack Thought Experiment

Joe Merante, a 2012 Code for America Fellow, recently proposed a thought experiment about what he terms the “Civic Stack.” His thoughts resonate with me.

As a software developer, I reason about technology solutions in terms of a “stack.” That is, a stack describes the layers of technology, their discrete roles in the solution, and how these layered components coordinate and collaborate to produce the solution. Continue reading