Past issues


#11

The Parks and Rec Issue


Sometimes we forget what we have control over, but innovation is a choice

Monday April 8, 2019 / By Emma Coleman

From Featured , The Parks and Rec Issue

Justin Cutler is the Recreation Services Director for the city of Seattle. Previously, he founded RecRx, a company that manages referrals between medical... Read More

The rise of pop-up parks

Monday April 8, 2019 / By Emma Coleman

From Featured , The Parks and Rec Issue

A few years ago, pop-ups were known as a source of frustration. As internet nuisances designed to spring ads on you, they inevitably led to calculations... Read More

Placemaking transforms city parks into unique spaces to gather

Monday April 8, 2019 / By Brian Smith

From Featured , The Parks and Rec Issue

Brian Smith is a Senior Economic Development Coordinator for the City of Durham who led the redesign of the City’s Black Wall Street Gardens greenspace.   Public... Read More


#10

The Ethics Issue


Ethics is a commitment to struggle with the murk

Wednesday March 6, 2019 / By Nishant Shah

From The Ethics Issue

Nishant Shah is a product manager who formerly worked for the U.S. Digital Service.   As a member of the U.S. Digital Service’s Department of Homeland... Read More

Building an ethical data strategy from the ground up

Wednesday March 6, 2019 / By Lauren Greenawalt and Taylor Schooley

From The Ethics Issue

Taylor Schooley is the Research & Policy Manager and LA County’s new Division of Youth Diversion and Development (YDD). Lauren Greenawalt is a New America... Read More

What might someone else do in five years, when they’re sitting in your chair?

Wednesday March 6, 2019 / By Hana Schank

From The Ethics Issue

Gretchen Greene is a policy advisor, computer vision scientist, and lawyer who works to  develop best practices for AI and ethics in government, universities... Read More


#9

The Next Generation


Talent is equally distributed. Opportunity is not.

Wednesday February 6, 2019 / By Emma Coleman

From The Next Generation

The Los Angeles Tech Talent Pipeline is an initiative that places about 200 young people from underrepresented backgrounds in tech internships every summer... Read More

Connecting with Coding it Forward is the first time many students have heard the words “civic tech.”

Wednesday February 6, 2019 / By Emma Coleman

From The Next Generation

Coding it Forward runs the Civic Digital Fellowship, a program that places college and graduate students from across the country in federal government... Read More

Teaching human-centered design to policy nerds

Wednesday February 6, 2019 / By Emily Tavoulareas

From The Next Generation

Emily Tavoulareas is a civic technologist working with leaders across industries as they navigate the complex endeavor of modernization, digital transformation,... Read More


#8

What can we do in a crisis? Part two


Technology fosters human connections within the refugee crisis

Wednesday January 9, 2019 / By Julia Duncan

From What can we do in a crisis? Part two

Julia Duncan is an information technology consultant who works with the One Journey Coalition, a group that aims to connect people in America with refugees... Read More

It’s important to recognize the limits of technology

Wednesday January 9, 2019 / By Kavi Harshawat

From What can we do in a crisis? Part two

Kavi Harshawat is a user experience researcher and designer, and was formerly a Code for America fellow. This summer, he spent time in McAllen, Texas,... Read More

National crises are deeply local concerns, demanding local solutions

Wednesday January 9, 2019 / By Jeremiah Lindemann

From What can we do in a crisis? Part two

Jeremiah Lindemann is a Public Interest Technology Fellow at New America, where he runs the Opioid Mapping Initiative, a coalition of local government... Read More


#7

What can we do in a crisis?


In some way, shape, or form, infant mortality touches everyone in the city

Thursday December 13, 2018 / By Emma Coleman

From What can we do in a crisis?

Baltimore has been tackling a major crisis in their city for years— infant mortality, and the disparity in survival rates between white and black babies.... Read More

It wasn’t the outcome we wanted, but they were better off because of our work there

Thursday December 13, 2018 / By Emma Coleman

From What can we do in a crisis?

Vivian Graubard and Ron Gorodetzky are both former members of the U.S. Digital Service who worked together on a discovery sprint for the National Instant... Read More

It’s up to everyone, not just the Census Bureau, to help avert a looming crisis

Thursday December 13, 2018 / By Maria Filippelli

From What can we do in a crisis?

Maria Filippelli is the Public Interest Technology 2020 Census Fellow, sitting at the Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights. For the past few months,... Read More


#6

Finding the Work


If you’re planning to redesign a whole city, you need to start somewhere

Wednesday November 14, 2018 / By Anthony Lyons

From Finding the Work

Anthony Lyons is the City Manager for Gainesville, Florida, where he is leading the local government through an effort to become more citizen-centered... Read More

How a Roadmap Keeps San Jose’s Innovation Team Focused on Core Priorities

Wednesday November 14, 2018 / By Michelle Thong

From Finding the Work

Michelle Thong is a service designer, storyteller and facilitator. As Digital Services Lead for the City of San Jose, she’s leading the introduction... Read More

We were looking for a team who was design-ready and hungry to try something new

Wednesday November 14, 2018 / By Emma Coleman

From Finding the Work

In January of 2018, the New York City Service Design Studio launched “Designing for Opportunity,” a competition to select the next city department... Read More


#5

The Election Issue


If you use social media, can your vote be unbiased?

Wednesday October 31, 2018 / By Dipayan Ghosh

From The Election Issue

Do digital media outlets have political bias, and can they manipulate how we vote and see elections because of it? We asked Dipayan Ghosh, Ph.D, the Pozen... Read More

The paper could send a clear message about the importance of voting

Wednesday October 10, 2018 / By Emma Coleman

From The Election Issue

On August 22, 2018, the Ithaca Times, a small newspaper in upstate New York, printed a voter registration form on the cover of the paper. The Commons’... Read More

The tech behind campaigns: “It shouldn’t only be a bunch of nerds in the basement that can do this”

Wednesday October 10, 2018 / By Hana Schank

From The Election Issue

Raffi Krikorian is the Chief Technology Officer of the Democratic National Committee, where he is focusing on building foundational technology at the DNC,... Read More

Voter apathy is not a given

Wednesday October 10, 2018 / By Dana Chisnell

From The Election Issue

Dana Chisnell, Co-Executive Director of the Center for Civic Design, is a pioneer in civic design. She was in the founding cohort of the United States... Read More


#4

The Field Diversity Issue


We need to empower a new generation of technologists who want to work for the public good

Wednesday September 5, 2018 / By Andreen Soley

From The Field Diversity Issue

Public Interest Technology is not a luxury for only some universities, Andreen Soley writes. Instead, we need to create a broad-based network of universities... Read More

Why We Should Teach Public Policy Students More about Technology (and Coding)

Wednesday September 5, 2018 / By David Eaves

From The Field Diversity Issue

What responsibility do universities have in preparing public policy students for a world increasing informed by data and technology? David Eaves, a lecturer... Read More

You get better design when there’s a diverse representation of lived experiences

Wednesday September 5, 2018 / By Emma Coleman

From The Field Diversity Issue

Lili Gangas is the Chief Technology Community Officer at the Kapor Center. She advises inclusive tech entrepreneurship projects and many initiatives in Oakland,... Read More


#3

The Procurement Issue


Procurement resources

Monday July 9, 2018 / By Hana Schank

From The Procurement Issue

We’ve pulled together a list of places to help those working in government rethink their procurement processes. These are just a starting point. If you have... Read More

If you try to procure without risk, in the end, you’re more likely to fail

Monday July 9, 2018 / By Michael Knapp

From The Procurement Issue

Michael Knapp is the CEO and founder of Green River, a software design and development firm that has worked extensively with local governments. He is passionate... Read More

Tackling Homelessness in Seattle with Data-Driven Tools

Monday July 9, 2018 / By Rebecca Gale

From The Procurement Issue

The city of Seattle, Wash, has been changing the way they deal with homeless populations, and gathering data to drive some evidenced-based solutions. Now,... Read More

To upgrade government technology, build a better procurement toolkit

Monday July 9, 2018 / By user

From The Procurement Issue

Mariel Reed served as an Innovation Strategist for the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation, where she helped grow Startup in Residence into... Read More


#2

The Hiring Issue


Behind the good intentions, it’s easy to see the failings of the system

Tuesday June 5, 2018 / By Leonard Hyman

From The Hiring Issue

Leonard Hyman is a Program Performance Auditor with the City of San Jose. He has a strong interest in civic innovation, good governance, emerging technology,... Read More

A one-year model doesn’t make sense

Tuesday June 5, 2018 / By Sara Hudson

From The Hiring Issue

The city of Austin, TX, has been iterating their tech and innovation hiring practices and has just completed a restructure that moves from a fellowship... Read More

We can’t promise them all jobs after, but at the very least, we get some work done

Tuesday June 5, 2018 / By Nigel Jacob

From The Hiring Issue

Nigel Jacob is the Co-founder of the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, a civic innovation incubator and R&D Lab within Boston’s City Hall.... Read More


#1

The Field Connection Issue


Knowledge shouldn’t be limited to insights from our direct networks

Tuesday May 1, 2018 / By Lauren Lockwood

From The Field Connection Issue

Lauren Lockwood served as Boston’s first Chief Digital Officer. She recently moved to Philadelphia, where she is conducting research and helping cities... Read More

They were passionate, but didn’t know there was a technical path to get there

Tuesday May 1, 2018 / By Aneesh Chopra

From The Field Connection Issue

Aneesh Chopra was the Secretary of Technology for Virginia before becoming the first Chief Technology Officer of the United States. Today he is the president... Read More

Our ideas died before they even got out of the basement

Tuesday May 1, 2018 / By Denice Ross

From The Field Connection Issue

Denice Ross, along with New America National Network Fellow Tara McGuinness, has been researching place-based innovation networks. They’ll soon be releasing... Read More