Building Technology With, Not For Communities:

An Engagement Guide for Civic Tech

People First, Tech Second: Criteria

Residents of Red Hook, Brooklyn work together to get Red Hook Wifi, a community wireless network online. Image via DigitalStewards.org.

Modes of Engagement: Strategies for Letting Communities Lead

5 Modes of Civic Engagement in Civic Tech

#1 Utilize Existing Social Infrastructure

#2 Utilize Existing Tech Skills & Infrastructure

#3 Create Two-Way Educational Environments

When we’re talking about designing the systems that change how communities work, the matter of “who” is invited to identify what gets built, why, and how matters. Photo by Maureen McCann.

#4 Lead From Shared Spaces

#5 Distribute Power

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