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william commented on Peace Intelligence Cycle

Re: the social infrastructure to leverage the technical system, I think the CPO is great idea. An extension idea: Consider CPO's as place-based, representing a city (depending on size, perhaps a local team of CPO's; perhaps ones with specialities, such as dangerous sites (nuclear or chemical plant, for example, or large office buildings).

Going a bit further, consider a community of practice for CPO's to exchange ideas, methods, problems, tips, access to resources, etc. Consider ways that CPO's might cultivate local teams at the city level.

Re: cost. Given value of big data for _many_ uses--health, education, economy, housing, transportation, environment, crime, etc.--are there ways to leverage the PI design/system for other uses, thus help in cost-sharing for the system? Or, reversing the idea, leverage other Big Data systems to include PI system?


The main Civic Shift challenge is: How do we organize, at the city level, so leaders of civic initiatives--in various neighborhoods, on various topics (health, education, etc.)--can share ideas, skills, methodologies, access to influential organizations, etc.?

Most will agree that we would all do better by collaborating with peers working on similar initiatives (as evidenced by this IDEO collaboration platform!), but getting people to _do it_ is really difficult. We have 1000's of non-profits here in the Boston area (there are over one million in the U.S.), but getting related organizations to collaborate on shared goals--say to increase cancer-screening rates, or enhance parental involvement in kids education--is uncommon.

There is a terrific sample of ideas here that communities could apply related to improve their environments. If each community had well-trained "civic stewardship teams" who had skills in help local people generate, adapt, and implement ideas such as these, they would be much more likely to succeed. And if these neighborhood teams were collaborating with peers in other neighborhoods--and by working together, could compel institutions to engage--initiatives in any community would be much more likely to succeed.

But, by nature, this idea is a bit abstract--it's about helping people organize; it's not about a concrete solution to a specific problem--such as a community garden to provide healthy food, or a creative way to call attention to urban design opportunities. I would like to work with others on how to integrate a social-system strategy that helps implement more concrete design-technology-oriented solutions. (I'll start looking at others' ideas on this site and suggest opportunities to do this.)

Thanks Meena!


william commented on Change it Forward

Sylvia, congratulations! I really like how you structure ways (formal and informal...) to help participants self-organize to pursue their ideas and interests. And like inside-out, outside-in notion--lots of ways to combine perspectives in creative foster creativity! And of course, like the notions of communities of practice that connect people with shared passion who want to help each other learn and innovate in particular areas (such as bees!).