Unleasing Wikinomics in the City of Toronto

Category: NGOs & Government
Published on Nov 27, 2008

The City of Toronto’s web 2.0 summit is coming to a close this afternoon so I thought I’d take the opportunity to make a few quick observations about what I’ve learned so far. For those who missed it, I’ve also posted my slides from yesterday’s keynote.  Unleasing Wikinomics in the City of Toronto View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: government services) 1. Mass collaboration could change virtually every aspect of government: From the way we […]

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Remote sensing and citizen science

Category: Health, Science & Education
Published on Nov 25, 2008

Technologists and science fiction writers have long envisioned a world where a seamless worldwide network of Internet-connected sensors could capture every event, action, and change on earth, giving us unprecedented real-time information about the state of the world. Such remote sensing and surveillance capabilities could easily have Orwellian consequences, but they can also empower citizens in new ways too. Take the Berkeley-based “Common Sense” project, where an innovative group of researchers claims that a few […]

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City of Toronto’s web 2.0 summit starts tomorrow

Category: NGOs & Government
Published on Nov 25, 2008

The City of Toronto’s web 2.0 summit kicks off tomorrow at City Hall. If you’re in the area, you may want to join other citizens, community leaders, city staffers, and local councilors as we discuss how web 2.0 technologies can help improve municipal services and give citizens a greater voice in local decision-making. For a sneak peek at what a web 2.0 strategy for the City of Toronto could look like check out iLive.at, the […]

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Predicting an end to recession

Category: Business & Economics
Published on Nov 19, 2008

Last week I spoke to a group of realtors, lawyers and accountants in Kansas City during a seminar organized by CBIZ to assess the economic outlook for 2009. To say that the mood was gloomy would be an understatement. Most of my talk was about the role of mass collaboration could play in driving the success of small and medium size enterprises. While the focus in Washington has been on organizing bailouts for large enterprises […]

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The mother-of-all Obama posts

Category: NGOs & Government
Published on Nov 18, 2008

Good friend Alexandra Samuel has assembled a true smorgasbord of web 2.0 ideas for the Obama presidency. Quite a feat actually (50 ideas in all), but the way this is going the Obama administration will spend more time concocting nifty web 2.0 tools than implementing real policy!

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Gabriel’s WITNESS launches YouTube for human rights

Category: NGOs & Government
Published on Nov 12, 2008

Just over a year ago I wrote about how advocacy movements are increasingly harnessing the Web to reduce isolation, build far-flung networks, and co-ordinate collective action. Even iron-fisted government control over telecommunications in Burma could not prevent individuals from posting numerous grainy, and sometimes gory, videos on YouTube that exposed rampant human rights abuses throughout the country. Organizations like Peter Gabriel’s Witness traveled deep into the jungles of eastern Burma to document the military’s persistent […]

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Obama’s web 2.0 strategy: from campaigning to governing, part 2

Category: NGOs & Government
Published on Nov 11, 2008

In my last post I started posting my initial thoughts on how Obama can tap into the same grassroots energy and organization that propelled him to the White House to address the major challenges that await his administration. A few readers have posted their thoughts and I’d like to highlight one from Justin Thorp. Well he doesn’t seem to be utilizing any of the web 2.0 tools that he had in the campaign. His Twitter […]

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Obama’s web 2.0 strategy: from campaigning to governing, part 1

Category: NGOs & Government
Published on Nov 10, 2008

Obama’s election win was a real beauty. It was a vindication of the American people (if I may so say), a shot in the arm for democracy, and it probably changed the world for the better over the course of one truly historic day. But as we all know, the tremendous goodwill and hope that Obama has summoned will evaporate if he fails to harness the same grassroots energy and organization that propelled him to […]

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