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CivicMeet invites public to incubate new ideas

CivicMeet Sacramento will continue to fill an unmet need this Wednesday at 7 p.m. at The Urban Hive. The traditional public meeting format does not give citizens the opportunity to help solve problems that they are capable of voluntarily tackling.

Do you remember the last time you went to a public meeting? Sure, they’re useful for getting information, but not necessarily for incubating new ideas.

Public Innovation, one of the organizations behind CivicMeet Sacramento (and Code for Sacramento), is building a civic innovation ecosystem to provide citizens with creative spaces where they can address community issues together.

Civic initiatives just like this are spreading across the country. As described in Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s new book Citizenville, technology is connecting civic innovators and bringing them together at meetup-style events. This new civic infrastructure facilitates collaborative problem solving among citizens from different backgrounds — including the nonprofit, business, and government communities.

Beyond the protest movements of Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party, civic innovation transcends ideology because there’s no shortage of public services that could be improved through creative, citizen-driven approaches.

Government plays an incredibly important role in our lives. It protects us from criminals, cleans our streets, educates our children, and more. But there are many areas where it falls short. Government makes it hard to find the information we need when we need it, get where we want to go when we want to get there, and start the new business that we’ve always dreamed about starting.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Just look at the amazing work that Turn Downtown Around is accomplishing by bringing people together who are willing to invest their time and energy to make their community a better place to live.

So what’s your issue? CivicMeet Sacramento #4 will give you the opportunity to not just talk, but to act. We have a new format to help the best ideas rise to the top and we’ll give you the tools to make them reality.

Join us this Wednesday to see what CivicMeet is all about.

Register for CivicMeet Sacramento #4

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