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Political Systems Syracuse

Political Systems Syracuse

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POLITICAL SYSTEMS
Stephen Klimek - Nilus Klingel
 
Klimek . Klimek| Precedent | Political Systems Give A MinuteChicago, IL & New York, NY Give a Minute is no less than an ambitious attempt to reinvent publicparticipation in America.
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Give a Minute is a new kind of public dialogue. Itonly takes a minute to think about improving your city, but your ideas canmake a world of difference. “Give a Minute” is an opportunity for you to think out loud; address old problems with fresh thinking; and to enter into dialoguewith change-making community leaders. Soon, you’ll also be able to link upwith others who have similar ideas and work on making your city an evenbetter place.
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“Supposedly citizens have a say when it comes to what happens in their communities. But public engagement in the form we have it now isn’t fun or effective: It often entails attending a long, contentious meeting that’s framedaround the concept of conflict. People don’t feel their voices are heard onissues in their own neighborhood, and they don’t believe that a letter or emailwill be read by the right people. Give a Minute is a new application designedby Local Projects that’s like a 311 (or basic civic services hotline) and avirtual billboard for citizen ideas: It allows people to register direct feedback  to their local government, and places them in a public forum.”1. www.urbanomnibus.net/2010/12/give-a-minute2. www.giveaminute.info
 
Klimek . Klingel | Precedent | Political SystemsOrchestrated by CEOs for Cities, as part of its U.S. Initative, the pilot programlaunched in November 2010 in Chicago, where billboards and bus shelter ads ask a question and direct citizens to either text their answers to a number or input it online. When people submit their ideas, it gets registered on aPost-it graphic that appears on the website. Here’s the thing though: Thebest ideas get a text or email back. There are certain city leaders—three in the case of Chicago—who are charged with sending personal responses to their favorite ideas, which makes people feel like their ideas are valued. Plus the city wins, too, because they’ll be able to identify an established network of engaged people who they can reach out to when they want support from the community—like a ground team. Give a Minute is also launching soon inNew York, Memphis, and San Jose.Right now the question for Chicago asks residents what would get them to walk, ride their bike or take transit more. This question was chosen so the answers could be collected for an upcoming event in Chicago, whereparticipants will be talking about connectivity and mobility. Future questionscould be posed by community leaders, even local celebrities, to bringattention to various causes. It’s a simple app, but you can easily see how this could be scaled, to reach through many parts of government. Imaginehaving essentially a direct line to the mayor’s office, or find out what’s goingon with a transit line in your neighborhood. Unlike simply firing off a missiveon Twitter, it gives both parties—government and citizens—a sense ofaccountability.
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3. www.good.is/post/good-design-daily-give-a-minute-lets-you-talk-back-to-your-city

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