Experimental Modes of Civic Engagement in Civic Tech is an investigation into what it means to build civic tech with, not for. It answers the question, "what's the difference between sentiment and action?"
The project was conducted by Laurenellen McCann, and it deepened her work in needs-responsive, community-driven processes for creating technology for public good.
The project had three major components: a scan of the field, a convening of practitioners, and this book.
Read as blog posts
This book is a collection of posts serialized here on the Smart Chicago blog during the course of Laurenellen's work on this project.
Meet people where they are: new analysis on the top best practices in #civictech, according to the people who do the work
Our partners in this project are the attendees of our convening and the organizations we've studied.
This project falls under Smart Chicago's work on the Knight Community Information Challenge grant awarded under their Engaged Communities strategy to the Chicago Community Trust "as it builds on its successful Smart Chicago Project, which is taking open government resources directly into neighborhoods through a variety of civic-minded apps"
Here's how they describe the project on their grant page:
Building on previous Knight Foundation investments in the news and information ecosystem, via the Knight Community Information Challenge, the Chicago Community Trust will continue to design, build and demonstrate the power of digital tools to the community and empower residents to use news and information to improve their quality of life.
Here's background on Knight's current investments in four community foundations: Foundations take on projects to improve local news and information. A snip:
For 2014-15, the challenge is doubling down on projects by four community and place-based foundations with a successful track record in this area, helping them go further and then sharing the lessons with other community foundations and stakeholders in the local-news and -information space.