Jennifer founded code for america in 2009
Coding a better government
Can government be run like the Internet, permissionless and open? Coder and activist Jennifer Pahlka believes it can — and that apps, built quickly and cheaply, are a powerful new way to connect citizens to their governments — and their neighbors.
Jennifer Pahlka is the founder of Code for America, which matches software geniuses with US cities to reboot local services.
government run more like the web itself – open, permissionless, generative…
government – at its core – what we do together that we can’t to alone – Tim O’Reilly
the api is the starting place… using people in community as the capacity..iterate over time.. where the people are..
hosting life bits… on block chain.. as the day..
Tim O’Reilly (@timoreilly) tweeted at 6:08 PM on Fri, Feb 17, 2017:
This is an important post. I’m with Jen in Vietnam, experiencing the same wonder at past bad choices and hoping we don’t make them again. https://t.co/fHnnRCdJy2
we need to listen to each other – jen
everyone has a story..wish they were home with their kids..how can i..
On breathing, concentration, and children separated from their parents https://t.co/bkd6MpOhfB
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/pahlkadot/status/1009789097509052417
There was no need to concentrate on the breath, it was the only thing I could possibly do.
Those kids and parents separated at the border — I don’t have much to add to the outrage, except this: We are depriving them of everything that matters, starting with the rise and fall of their children’s breath.
a story about people grokking what matters.. as it could be
Sometimes, to reclaim government, we must become part of it. My piece in @voxdotcom today. https://t.co/gtHVT2sLtK
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/pahlkadot/status/1044961595129049090
The technology community should pair its attempts to take capabilities away from government with an effort to strengthen its capability elsewhere, in thoughtful ways that align with the values of the creators of that technology..t
tech as it could be..
In order to properly administer a social safety net, a just criminal justice system, and hundreds of other functions that constitute a functioning democracy, we must build government’s technology capabilities. In doing that, we run the risk of also increasing government’s effectiveness to do harm…t
let’s do the least/no harm w gershenfeld something else law
“The problem with outsourcing change to economic winners is that you end up with fake change. Real change happens in the arena of politics and policy, and if you aren’t working to reform our common life… you’re probably not ‘changing the world.'” https://t.co/yz9EeP7lAW
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/WIRED/status/1049068556061691904
jennifer: Anand’s vision for fixing the world relies not on the generosity of the rich but on democratic governance. It is a vision that is desperately needed. “Are we ready to hand over our future to the elite, one supposedly world-changing initiative at a time?” he asks. “Or is meaningful democracy, in which we all potentially have a voice, worth fighting for?
there’s a nother way
anand: When these winners engage in change, they lift up nonthreatening projects that suit their tastes. They call them “win-wins.” They favor forms of change that bypass government and rely on the private sector and its charitable spoils. They are warier of collective, democratic fixes, which can mean higher taxes, tighter regulation, and reduced profits
The problem with outsourcing change to these economic winners is that you end up with fake change.
Instead of building that one charter school, *build an organization that lobbies for an end to the funding of public schools according to the value of the homes in the city where the child lives. Instead of scolding women to lean in, scold your government to put in place the family policies that have been **proven in other countries to empower women.
*rather.. let’s go sans school ness