Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Why Long Beach Needs to Host a City Camp to Open Up Long Beach

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The following information comes from the organization City Camp and explains why Long Beach could benefit from calling for this. The results have given several cities free computer applications which help citizens better participate in and utilize their cities.

What is CityCamp?

CityCamp is an unconference focused on innovation for municipal governments and community organizations.  As an unconference, content for CityCamp is not programmed for a passive audience.  Instead, content is created and organized by participants and coordinated by facilitators.  Participants are expected to play active roles in sessions.  This provides an excellent format for creative, open exchange geared toward action.

The first CityCamp was held in Chicago, Illinois, 23-24 January, 2010. CityCamp is inspired by Transparency Camp and Gov 2.0 Camp. Visit the CityCamp Wiki for details.

Stimulate, Participate, Collaborate, Repeat

Each City Camp has four main goals:
  1. Bring together local government officials, municipal employees, experts, programmers, designers, citizens and journalists to share perspectives and insights about the cities in which they live
  2. Create and maintain patterns for using the Web to facilitate local government transparency and effective local governance
  3. Foster communities of practice and advocacy on the role of the Web, mobile communication, online information, and open data in cities
  4. Create outcomes that participants will act upon after the event is over
CityCamp explores and documents ideas, lessons learned, best practices, and patterns that can be implemented within and shared across municipalities, anywhere in the world.  Of particular interest is the use of social/participatory media, mobile devices, linked open data, and “Web as platform.”

CityCamp recognizes that local governments and community organizations have the most direct influence and impact on our daily lives.  This event seeks to create local communities of practice who are dedicated to design, process, and technology applications that make cities and other local communities more open and “user friendly”.

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