We are excited to announce that the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has provided us with the funding needed to develop a prototype of our core eCitizens alerting service. See our press release to learn more.
Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. ~ Knight Foundation Mission
In a nutshell, eCitizens is building an online service prototype giving citizens the ability to subscribe to receive an alert when their local government is working on issues they care about most.
Although this funding is focused specifically on the proof-of-concept phase, we’re modeling our methodologies and code so that one day, such a tool could be modified to serve every municipality, school district and special service district in the nation – over eighty-seven thousand in all.
Our goal is to learn, test, hear feedback and adjust our solution. We are looking to answer how any government body could serve their citizens by connecting them with the specific agendas, minutes and documents they would like to receive most.
We are especially interested in learning more about how existing agenda management service providers most major municipalities use, would implement such a tool.
We’re also interested in learning how municipalities that do not utilize these third-party services could still plug their data into this model so they too can offer this service to their citizens.
If you have any feedback on how we can best answer the needs of a municipality, school district or special district, as well as the needs of citizens, NGO and other organizations with this service please contact us. Also, please subscribe to our newsletter so we can keep you posted on our successes.
Thank you Knight Foundation for the opportunity to explore this project. We strongly believe millions will be served by this tool. We look forward to learning how we can help engage citizens to contribute to their local governments more intelligently.