By: Lawrence Grodeska

10 JanA year of (civic) community


Looking back on our 2015, one word stands out: community. From CityCampSF in January at Code for America HQ, to our Mapping the Growing Civic Tech Movement discussion at Civic Hall in NYC, we’ve met so many wonderful folks in the civic innovation space. But this is more than just a community–there is a movement for civic innovation underfoot, and we are seeing it first hand.

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27 JanThoughts On A Successful CityCampSF


On Saturday, January 10th, more than 200 bright, shiny citizens showed up at the Code for America headquarters to share, listen and take action for a better San Francisco. In this alone, CityCampSF 2015 produced by CivicMakers was an unqualified success. But more so, as one of the event organizers, I was struck by the beauty of what emerges when a group of passionate people come together to talk about what is most important to them.

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08 JanBuilding Community for Better Cities at CityCampSF


What happens when you gather local officials, city staff, entrepreneurs, designers, developers, journalists and citizens in a room for one day, and ask for their best ideas to improve their communities? You get CityCamp – a lot of excitement, a little chaos, plenty of solutions, and a whole lot of action.

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18 OctCivicMakers Movement Spreading from Coast to Coast


What’s your latest gripe about government? Maybe you can’t figure out how to make a quick online payment for that parking ticket from last weekend? Or you missed the public comment period on the massive construction project next door because it was scheduled for 2 p.m. at City Hall? Could be that you’re just tired of the endless bickering between two political parties that don’t really seem to represent the views of any real Americans.

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31 AugRecap from August CivicMakers Salon on Transparency


At this month’s Salon, over 50 CivicMakers showed up to talk transparency at HatchToday. We were joined by three wonderful speakers working at the forefront of transparency: Joy Bonaguro, Chief Data Officer for the City and County of San Francisco; Pantera Arzhintar, Founder & CTO of Countable; Amy Ngai, Partnership and Training Director at Sunlight Foundation.

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23 AugThe next CivicMakers Salon – Transparency


Join us on Tuesday, August 26th at startup incubator HatchToday for another CivicMakers Salon to talk democracy and get inspired! This month we’ll be focusing on the theme of “transparency,” and hearing about some important projects around open data and legislative accountability.

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