When one neighbor helps another, we strengthen our communities.
We have this idea of bureaucracy in local government, and it's generally things that we're frustrated at. It doesn't work the way we like it to work.
It's really remarkable when you think about what we don't like about government, we, the people created. So if we created it, we can also fix it.
You might not think of something like TurboTax as a civic venture, but that product took a confusing interface to a government process and made it simpler and easier to use for citizens.
Our ability to do great things with data will make a real difference in every aspect of our lives.
We have to make bureaucracy sexy.
Before I started Code for America, I spent my career around startups. First it was game developers, small teams trying to make hits in a tough business. Then, when I started working on the Web 2.0 events, it was web startups during times of enormous opportunity and investment.
Now, a lot of people have given up on government. And if you're one of those people, I would ask that you reconsider, because things are changing. Politics is not changing; government is changing.
If you don't tolerate any risk, you can never innovate.
We can't do without government, but we do need it to be more effective.
Cities perform most functions in a very Industrial Age model.
Right now, if you're a talented developer or designer, government is what you go into if you can't get a better job.
As a society, we haven't spent as much time building the citizen Internet.
Government is supposed to be about how we do things together, and we can do that much more together if we use technology smartly right now.
I think there is a big disjuncture between what we are served up as consumers and what we are served up as citizens.
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