Change by Us: Philly version of web tool to crowdsource civic action projects launches beta - Technical.ly Philly

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Oct. 13, 2011 10:30 am

Change by Us: Philly version of web tool to crowdsource civic action projects launches beta

The Philadelphia version of Change by Us, the “online marketplace for volunteer initiatives” built by a firm from the 67th ward, has launched in beta.

The Philadelphia version of Change by Us, the “online marketplace for volunteer initiatives” built by a firm from the 67th ward, has launched in beta.

VISIT IT HERE.

The web tool asks users to submit project ideas for their neighborhoods or the city — think ‘plant more trees in Brewerytown’ or ‘convert a portion of the Reading Vidauct to an elevated park’– and to connect and collaborate on suggestions from others. The concept is that city officials and other decision makers would monitor the site to garner insight about what projects have community buy-in. Short of official support, residents can organize and act on their own.

The local version is being developed by the Code for America fellows. See more features listed on the CFA Google Group here.

What ideas will you submit? How can this project be improved in future versions? Do you think any real action will come out of this?

Companies: Code for America
Projects: Change by Us
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