There is one point that is worth debating when civic tech people get together and that is whether civic tech flows from local to national or national to local. I feel fairly strongly that everything starts local and goes from there. Code for America does offer those of us in civic tech a framework and an umbrella to gather under, but the work is done locally.
The reason I mention it is that there is a national advisory council of brigade leaders that meet and help determine how the network of brigades should operate.
My co-captain of Code for Raleigh Jason Hibbets recently wrote about one of their gatherings.
It’s a great read. if you don’t have time to read everything he wrote, here are some of the highlights.
• Brigade Leaders are getting burnt out – I know that after years I feel this way sometimes
• Engagement with Government is not happening – Is this because we aren’t aligning with the needs of government
• Pressure to work on code – CfR has built an active community that includes some start-ups and independent projects, but not projects themselves
• Brigades need to align with CfA and their communities