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Code for All members at last year’s summit in Taipei, hosted by g0v

Civic tech needs all of us: eight opportunities for progress

The civic tech movement is well and truly in its unruly teenage years. As a community we’ve learnt how to walk, talk and for the most part, survive.

Grace O'Hara
Sep 27, 2018 · 4 min read

I’m incredibly proud to be a part of Code for All, a collective of civic tech organisations that have achieved incredible things since 2012.

Together, we’re developing open source toolkits for disaster relief, schooling future generations and making laws and governments more accessible to citizens around the world.

Yet, as much as it inspires me to be around talented people, directing their passion and skills towards public good — it’s not always roses and rainbows.

We came together a few months ago (at the aptly named Scaling Civic Tech Forum) to talk openly about where we keep falling over and map out a course for us to walk ahead — public servants, governments, civil society organisations and ordinary people together.

Here’s what we found:

1. Measure Long Term Impact

2. Redefine Success Indicators

3. Improve Continuously

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4. Get Creative With Business Models

5. Scale Responsibly

6. Foster Civic Relationships

7. Grow Connective Tissue

8. Advocate For Responsible Tech

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Cool. Now what?

To continue working out a path together, we’ve released a commentable full report here and will be gathering in a few weeks in Bucharest to make collective plans. I’d love to meet you — no matter where you’re from, or who you’re there to represent.


The full report was put together with love and finessing by the Code for All team (Bogdan Ivanel, Krzysztof Madejski and myself) along with Victoria Welborn from the National Democratic Institute. Thank you team!

Code for All

Code for All is the largest civic tech network in the…

Grace O'Hara

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Trying to figure this world out, sometimes with words, mostly with action. Founder of smallfires.co

Code for All

Code for All is the largest civic tech network in the world, amplifying the impact of good ideas through a global network of local organisations.

Grace O'Hara

Written by

Trying to figure this world out, sometimes with words, mostly with action. Founder of smallfires.co

Code for All

Code for All is the largest civic tech network in the world, amplifying the impact of good ideas through a global network of local organisations.

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