We are so happy to see the Next American City Forefront piece by Nate Berg this morning on the Los Angeles River. Since 2008, George Wolfe has been at the helm of a massive coalition of organizations working to ensure that the L.A. River keeps its federal designation as a protected waterway by proving that the river, now channelized in concrete, is, in fact, navigable. Wolfe raised more than $2,000 for this effort on ioby. Read more about the project, check out ioby’s Awesome Project feature on it, or go to Next American City for the Berg story.
This morning Next American City, a weekly online magazine about cities, published a comprehensive Forefront feature on how digital platforms are shaping our cities — and creating new avenues for participation for their residents. David Lepeska spotlights two great ioby projects, Pollos del Pueblo and A Small Green Patch, and mentions ioby plans to grow in the near and longer term. Thanks to Nuala Gallagher, Tami Johnson, Sam Marks, Nichole Hefty and Frank Hebbert for working with ioby.
The hook follows, but follow the link to see read Forefront in full.
Everyone from the co-founder of Twitter, to the guy who sells haute donuts near your office, to your local councilman and even President Obama is betting on a future in which you’ll open your city app to get news as you geo-map that monster pothole on the corner, find your favorite food trucks for lunchtime and donate to a local park plan proposed by your activist neighbor. Journalist David Lepeska explores the players and tools vying for a place in this emerging, highly networked world. With an eye to structural inequalities and logistical realities, Lepeska provides valuable insights on the most effective ways of using the Internet to harness energy for local civic good. The article offers a close look at crowd-funding start-ups such as ioby and Spacehive, exploring their potential to transform the way we improve our communities and interact with our neighbors. Moving beyond Gov. 2.0 buzz, Lepeska digs into the complexities of civic participation in the Information Age. For anyone interested in how the Internet is reshaping cities and the way we live in them, this article is a must-read.