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A More Transparent City, with A Page for Every Capital Project

A More Transparent City, with A Page for Every Capital Project

Few things impact the lives of New Yorkers more than the city’s “capital projects.” These projects create, maintain, and improve the infrastructure New Yorkers use every day, including: streets, bridges, tunnels, sewers, parks, and so much more. In 2018, the capital budget will be $16.2…

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Imagining SimNYCity

Imagining SimNYCity

I was eight years old when I first encountered a computer game called “SimCity.” The general premise of the game was that you were the mayor of a virtual city, and you would use game money to create a place for communities of “Sims” to…

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Disaster Preparedness Requires a 211 System; New York City Still Doesn’t Have One

Disaster Preparedness Requires a 211 System; New York City Still Doesn’t Have One

Over the last few weeks, New Yorkers have watched with great anxiety as Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, among many other places, were pummeled by massive hurricanes. Whenever we see storm destruction, memories of Sandy re-enter our consciousness; as does the question: Is New York…

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Presenting the Open Aid Movement at Open Source Bridge

Presenting the Open Aid Movement at Open Source Bridge

“Open source” is a method for putting intellectual property in the public domain, allowing anyone to use it however they see fit. I’m an advocate of the “open source way” because I believe that if more people shared intellectual property of all types – whether…

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How to Run Collaborative Projects That Don’t Fall Prey to Bureaucracy

How to Run Collaborative Projects That Don’t Fall Prey to Bureaucracy

Today, when people call something “bureaucratic,” they usually mean that in a negative sense, but bureaucracy didn’t always have this negative connotation. About 100 years ago when many professional bureaucracies were being built, they were seen as a means of bringing quality control, predictability, and integrity to…

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What is “Municipalism”?

What is “Municipalism”?

The definition of “municipalism” is still up for grabs. If you Google the word you’ll be given a snippet from Wikipedia about “libertarian municipalism”,  a compelling but very specific utopian political philosophy of Murray Bookchin. Surely “municipalism” can and should mean something more. Over the last fifty years, the percentage of people around the…

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Cryptocurrency Can Shift the Balance of Power Between Cities, States and Nations

Cryptocurrency Can Shift the Balance of Power Between Cities, States and Nations

One of the most powerful tools of a modern nation is its central bank’s ability to create money “out of thin air.” Nations can use this new money to purchase their own nation’s debt in the form of treasury bills, bonds and notes, allowing it to spend more…

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Introducing Data Models for Human(itarian) Services

Introducing Data Models for Human(itarian) Services

Immediately after a disaster, information managers collect information about who is doing what, where, and turn it into “3W Reports.” While some groups have custom software for collecting this information, the most popular software tool for this work is the spreadsheet. Indeed, the spreadsheet is…

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Open Data for the Collaborative Economy

Open Data for the Collaborative Economy

The collaborative sector is growing in New York City and around the world. More support, including funds from the New York City Council to promote cooperative development, means new opportunities for entrants into the new economy — an economy that promotes social justice, workplace democracy,…

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Sarapis Supports the NYCLTRC

Sarapis Supports the NYCLTRC

All five of the borough-based Long Term Recovery Groups (LTRGs) that emerged in response to Superstorm Sandy (2012) have come together to form the New York City Long Term Recovery Coalition.  We’ve brought a global team of FLO software developers to together to support them. Check out NYC:Prepared. We’re…

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