I've been passionate about transparency for years and pleased to see
government opening up and innovating. Lately, I've realized that
transparency is only a means to and end - an end which is (to me)
comprehensible, effective, and accountable government - and - an engaged,
My background is primarily in the public sector, doing technical financial
systems work in my local county, and administrative business and technical
work at a charter school for 2 years. I've recently founded a nonprofit to
focus on educating and empowering citizens to become more involved local
issues, and to help bridge the resource gap that local agencies face in
terms of transparency and engagement.
I'm currently in DC working with Sunlight Labs, so if anybody's near, let's
chat. I'm @randw on Twitter.
Here are 3 open source projects I'll be working on, and am interested in:
http://democracymap.org (open database of local public officials with
geolocation lookup) - will post next week
http://publicmeetings.info (standards for public meetings + where those
public meetings are)
http://neighbor.be (neighborhood communication and collaboration tools)
*Interests & Aspirations*
I'm passionate about effective and accountable government. I'm hoping to
provide public service from outside government. Also, I'm into science,
sports, visualizations, comedy, and beaches.
*What would make this list and collective effort effective?*
Participation and something so that we can collaborate and find synergies
with interests, projects, and skills. Something akin to a stake in the
ground, marking current progress for a project, as well as longer term
directions. I'm thinking a dashboard.