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25 Ideas To Improve Government – From Citizens
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PeteJW
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PeteJW,
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11/19/2013 | 7:05:21 PM
Great post
Some great examples of what can be acheived quickly throigh citizen-centric innovation.
Ariella
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Ariella,
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11/19/2013 | 5:15:07 PM
Re: Nice
@Thomas ha, that would improve quite a lot of things in one shot. 

My favorite suggestion is
  • A social networking platform for volunteers looking for opportunities posted by nonprofits and government agencies

The way to pool gift certificates is a close second.
WKash
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WKash,
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11/19/2013 | 4:57:52 PM
Re: Any of it
Code for America has done a great job buidling bridges between innovators/entrepreneurs and local governments which otherwise wouldn't have the means to develop many of these ideas on their own.  But the question of how do we address the gap between the digital haves and have-nots is an important one that needs attention -- and some of Code for America's creative energy.

 
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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11/19/2013 | 1:32:59 PM
Re: Nice
I didn't see an option for getting rid of everyone in Congress.
dblake950
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dblake950,
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11/19/2013 | 12:13:46 PM
Re: Any of it
It strikes me that many of these applications are informational in nature and relate to things that used to be discoverable through local newspapers -- which have sadly gone the way of the dodo for the most part. And even if you do use or have access to current technology, the virtual sources that have developed in their stead -- yelp, patch.com, etc. -- simply aren't yet filling the need for truly local, "physical" community news and information.
Whoopty
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Whoopty,
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11/19/2013 | 11:23:01 AM
Gift Cards
Love the gift card idea. So many times I've thrown away a few £ after birthdays and Christmas. Be good to actualyl do something with them instead. 
Alex Kane Rudansky
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Alex Kane Rudansky,
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11/19/2013 | 11:11:46 AM
on-demand lighting
My only concern is with the on-demand lighting that adjusts based on vehicle or pedestrian presence. That system would have to work incredibly well and be maintained incredibly well, otherwise dangerous situations could arise. 

 
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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11/19/2013 | 10:07:09 AM
Re: Nice
Re: "I love the pay-on-the-spot ticket idea, as long as it doeesn't turn police officers into merchants."

Unfortunately, the only unbreakable law in the universe is the law of unexpected consequences.
HaileyMcK
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HaileyMcK,
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11/19/2013 | 9:53:47 AM
Any of it
This is interesting stuff... And I like the idea of imroving goverment with software. Heaven knows that the goverment is rife with inefficiency. Applied appropriately, software can close that gap a little bit. My one concern with all of it is that there is a group of people who may not have access to the necessary technology. How do we address that?
RobPreston
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RobPreston,
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11/19/2013 | 9:45:35 AM
Nice
This is terrific. I love the pay-on-the-spot ticket idea, as long as it doeesn't turn police officers into merchants. And the website for pooling balances on gift cards for charities--very clever and worthwhile. 


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