21st century spaces for government innovation
San Diego needs a dedicated space for the best urban thinkers and civic technologists to collaborate on policy and design for our city.
So what does a space for communal innovation look like?
Communal innovation is the collaborative process through which community-based organizations transform their social and ecological environment towards collective wellbeing.
According to MIT’s D-Lab, communal innovations are “emerging from place-based ontologies that allow for the construction of futures beyond the promise of ‘development.’ In these contexts, design, and particularly collaborative design (co-design), is identified as a central tool to create plural notions of science, technology and innovation.”
If you want to read more on this topic, highly recommend you checkout this working paper.
But with regards to how this pertains to our district and our city, we need places to gather community feedback, design collaboratively, synthesize and generate ideas, build rapid prototypes, and test concepts.
We need to apply Design Thinking methodology to everything we do and change our processes to be much more agile and iterative.
This requires both physical locations, funding, best practices, and programmatic commitments to ensure success.
Check out BetaNYC: a civic organization dedicated to improving lives in New York through civic design, technology, and data.
We need to take advantage of our talent pool of technologists, urban designers, data scientists, and policy wonks to collaborate on building better solutions for local government.
Updated December 30, 2019