Granted, his odds were pretty decent, as he’s earned recognition as one of the original members of CfA’s brigade program put in place four years ago by the national community of civic hackers.
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“Traditionally they’ve tried to run us as a program,” the newly-elected board member told Technical.ly. “This process will help [brigades] garner buy-in in whatever strategies are put in place.”
Though he warns it’s not exactly a face-off, the hacktivist has said there are different views within the organization on how objectives should be met: through traditional pitching and fundraising or good ol’ bootstrapping.
“I come from a very bootstrap-oriented background,” the Jarvus Innovations CTO said. “I feel a lot of people want to put together a pitch and go get funding, and I want to get away from that mindset. I will advocate for that as much as possible.”
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The council model will also mean more potential for impact through interaction within brigades. The challenge, Alfano said, is trying to get the network to operate as such instead of following a hub-and-spoke model.
As for the next move, the whole community of hacktivists is coming together for a virtual meeting this month, leading up to the Code for America Summit — to be held in Oakland, Calif., Nov. 1-3.
And speaking of the group’s annual summit, how about Philly hosting it sometime?
“Everyone is going to be rooting for their own city, but I’d love to bring it to Philly,” Alfano said.-30-
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