A new website has the potential to streamline the time between identifying a problem and securing a local government solution. SeeClickFix - www.seeclickfix.com - allows citizens to post a problem - from a pothole in front of their house to a broken street light to graffiti in the neighborhood. The problem is posted for all to see as is the time it takes to fix the problem. Local elected officials, eager to stay on voter's good side, monitor the site to ensure timely response to posted problems. The media also monitors the site, looking for good local interest stories.
The magazine Fast Company - www.fastcompany.com - recently wrote an article about the efforts of young programmers to make local government more efficient and open ("How An Army Of Techies Is Taking On City Hall"). A new organization called Code for America has partnered with major web services providers to harness the efforts of volunteer programmers to offer ways of making local government more effective through technological innovation. Click here to see a copy of the article.
If you are a user of the business-oriented social media site LinkedIn, there are several discussion groups geared toward innovation in government through technology and the web. Gov 2.0 is one such group that has active discussions.