15 Mar '12, 5pm

Jennifer Pahlka: Crowdsourcing can revolutionize government

Jennifer Pahlka: Crowdsourcing can revolutionize government

If you asked the average passerby to name a revolutionary symbol, it's a safe bet that you will never hear "a fire hydrant" mentioned. But this morning at VERGE DC , Jennifer Pahlka made the case that a fire hydrant could indeed be a transformative item. Pahlka, the founder of Code for America , took the stage to share One Great Idea: "I have a great idea for you guys: What if we all pooled our resources?" Pahlka asked. "You in the room should be pooling your resources around making corporations more sustainable, but i actually mean everyone -- everyone in the country. If we all chipped in, we could pave the roads, we could create public transportation, we could limit emissions.... Now, obviously, my great idea isn't new -- it's called government, and it's been around for a long time. But we've lost sight what government really is." Pahlka said that most people think of go...

Full article: http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2012/03/15/jennifer-pahlka-c...

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