Citizen Participation + Me Agreeing with Scoble?


I hate, hate, hate the term “game changing.”  Very 1996.  So imagine my surprise as I am surfing on a Sunday morning and discover what has to be one of the most valuable iPhone apps out there – CitySourced. They describe it better than I can:

CitySourced is a real time mobile civic engagement tool. CitySourced provides a free, simple, and intuitive tool empowering citizens to identify civil issues (potholes, graffiti, trash, snow removal, etc.) and report them to city hall for quick resolution; an opportunity for government to use technology to save money and improve accountability to those they govern; and a positive, collaborative platform for real action. Our platform is called CitySourced, as it empowers everyday citizens to use their smart phones to make their cities a better place. CitySourced is powered by FreedomSpeaks, the leader in interactive civic engagement.

Potholes?  Government saving money?

The concept alone is sheer genius and one would think depends heavily upon governments engaging on the back end.  Now that I know it’s there, and as someone who works in the District of Columbia (truly ungovernable), I will be using the hell out of this app.

I am not alone in my assessment.  David Kralik, a friend of mine and one of the founders, had no less than The Scobelizer himself in their office recently and made a very, very favorabable impression.

CitySourced is an amazing story that’s just getting started. Wait until you hear their tips for winning TC. I love stories of how a few people get together with very little investment and try to change the world. Anyone else?

If you have read this column, you might know that is an earlier dustup this year, Mr. Scoble and I did not see eye to eye on public relations being “lame.”  Then his minions, among them, John Aravosis, took me on.  The feathers were flying, my friends.

But let me say for the record that Mr. Scoble is 100% on target on this one.  I love this app.

Let’s just hope that the DC Government is watching.  I can tell you from first-hand experience that they do a magnificent job with speed cameras, so let’s see if they can put this technology to work.




  1. When is the App coming out? Didn’t see it in the iTunes store?

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