If you're ever in need of a mid-day pick me up, you may want to keep an eye on the New Haven Central Hospital for Veterinary Medicine "Lost Pets" page, which enables SeeClickFix users to help reunite pet owners with their missing pets. So, beyond bringing attention to standard municipal concerns, we're helping to bring the resources of the SeeClickFix community to bear on tracking down any of our beloved furry friends who may have wandered off. If we tried, we probably could not find a more heartwarming adaptation of our platform than this one. It is as adorable as it sounds.
For instance, Issue # 161598 enabled a wounded puppy to get the medical attention it needed and reunite with its owner, and Issue # 161497 helped a concerned owner put the word out that their cat had gone missing. If we help an old, wise dog find its way back to its family, then we'll essentially have recreated Disney's classic Homeward Bound: an Incredible Journey.
Aside from the pleasing endorphin buzz that these individual stories produce, they also say something significant about what we're trying to accomplish at SeeClickFix. Two of the most significant aspirations of the Gov 2.0 movement are individual empowerment and connecting people with what they value. For instance, we like to say that reporting a pothole is a gateway drug to civic engagement, because it helps citizens to feel like their voice can actually matter in situations that are relevant to their neighborhood, and this leads inevitably to a deeper involvement with community concerns. Our partnership with the New Haven Central Veterinary Hospital also fulfills these goals by helping frantic pet owners to be proactive about recovering an important piece of their lives. Hopefully, we can continue to establish partnerships like this, and help more individuals to feel empowered and connected to what is important to them.
'Tis the Season for Potholes
With pothole season upon us SeeClickFix HQ is buzzing with excitement. Every Spring we see a considerable spike in citizen engagement platform wide. Our CEO Ben Berkowitz is famous for saying “potholes are the gateway to citizen engagement” and as the data shows he is spot on. We are all looking forward to see what municipalities have in store for their … Continued
SeeClickFix Helps Save Tax Dollars
SeeClickFix is not just a great way for citizens to get their concerns addressed by City Hall. In an era of budgetary pressure, it’s also a great way for cash-strapped municipalities to save money. This reality was highlighted very clearly in this insightful article in Government Technology. The basic problem the article outlines is that … Continued
“Accountability and transparency will only improve our city”
James Cappleman is running for Alderman in the 46th Ward in Chicago. He also is receiving publicly documented concerns from his constituents via SeeClickFix. On February 3rd Cappleman announced that he would like to see SeeClickFix integrated into the City of Chicago's business process. While the city can pay for SeeClickFix's pro tools we encourage … Continued
Omidyar Network and O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures Bring Neighborhoods and City Hall Closer Together with Investment in SeeClickFix
January 11, 2011, REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Omidyar Network and O'Reilly AlphaTechVentures (OATV) today announced an equity investment in SeeClickFix, the developerof technologies that enable citizens to report and monitor non-emergency issues in theirlocal community. The investment reflects both organizationsâ belief that technology canscale programs that foster meaningful engagement among citizens, their local governmentand others … Continued