Food Recovery Network: “hunger can be eliminated in our lifetimes”

Food Recovery Network Icon[Posted here on 2/26/14]: Food Recovery Network: “hunger can be eliminated in our lifetimes”. Food Recovery Network unites students at colleges and universities to fight food waste and hunger by recovering surplus perishable food from their campuses and surrounding communities that would otherwise go to waste and donating it to people in need. Continue reading Food Recovery Network: “hunger can be eliminated in our lifetimes”

Beyond Transparency: Open Data and the Future of Civic Innovation

Beyond Transparency Image[Posted here on 2/24/14] Beyond Transparency (free PDF ebook)  is a cross-disciplinary survey of the open data landscape, in which practitioners share their own stories of what they’ve accomplished with open civic data. It seeks to move beyond the rhetoric of transparency for transparency’s sake and towards action and problem solving. Through these stories, we examine what is needed to build an ecosystem in which open data can become the raw materials to drive more effective decision-making and efficient service delivery, spur economic activity, and empower citizens to take an active role in improving their own communities.

The Book-Burning Campaign That Saved a Public Library

Book Burning Party Sign
Book Burning Party Sign

[Posted here on 2/24/14] The Book-Burning Campaign That Saved a Public Library Another day, another strange saga from the small city of Troy, Michigan. Late last year local officials turned down $8.5 million in free federal money for a transit center. (City council members eventually approved a scaled-back project.) Weeks later news emerged that the city’s tea party mayor, Janice Daniels, made an anti-gay comment in public, again.

Now we learn that it took a book-burning campaign to save the city’s library. Well, kind of. Continue reading The Book-Burning Campaign That Saved a Public Library

Houston Writeathon: calling all writers for civic service!

Houston Writeathon Projects
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Posted here on 2/21/14] Houston Writeathon : We’ve never done anything like this before.  We’re bringing together a bunch of writers, designers, and public servants who want to improve government communication. Join us for this fun, Saturday event at the Montrose library! [Feb 22, 2014]

Please visit http://www.houstonwriteathon.com for more information. Continue reading Houston Writeathon: calling all writers for civic service!

Artist Stands Up to the NSA and Wins

NSA Poster
NSA Poster
[Posted here on 2/21/14] Artist Stands Up to the NSA and Wins: Rather than back down, as most would understandably do, McCall decided to challenge the U.S. government in court, claiming that his First Amendment rights were being violated for his implicit Fourth Amendment critique. And after a three-year legal battle, the DOJ has finally backed down, giving McCall a clear First Amendment victory.  His crime? Continue reading Artist Stands Up to the NSA and Wins

Great News Network

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Great News
[Posted here on 2/15/14] The Great News Network is meant to supplement your daily news sources – not replace it. It’s role is to show that there is hope, people are making a difference, and that a lot of things are getting better.

Optimism is a great catalyst for making the world a better place. When we can see there is hope, then we’ll be more compelled to make the effort to do our part.