This has been a great week for open government communities created with IdeaScale. First we saw the launch of NY Senate property tax ideas and now another one has popped up rather quickly: Open Austin.
The portal was hatched after a spat regarding an innovation contract between the Austin City Government and the local tech community. What’s most interesting is how fast this community came to light: on Thursday afternoon the idea to crowd-source the initiative popped up, and by Monday morning the site was launched. As the main sponsor William Hurley mentioned,
“…Building a custom solution would’ve taken days or weeks, not minutes and hours that openAustin.org was built in.”
And that’s it: sometimes you need to build a community quickly and easily – there isn’t time to get approvals, ask permission, etc. Just start engaging with your community right now. What are you waiting for?