I am flying to San Francisco to join Code for America! This initiative - just entering its second year - develops and adapts open source tools and resources for cities. We aim to make cities participatory down to bits and bytes. Throughout the year I am going to be working directly with officials in Macon, Georgia.
Though you'd never mistake Macon for Chicago or Seattle, the city has a major role to play. Smaller cities often struggle to develop and maintain their technology. They don't have the in-house techies to make apps like a big city does. What grows strong roots in Macon can spread and grow in hundreds of cities, like dandelion seeds blowing into the wind.
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