As part of eChicago 2011, I was part of the closing panel “Developing Our Vision” along with Charles Benton of the Benton Foundation, David Johnson of South Suburban Community College, Patricia O’Brien, UIC, and Jane Addams College of Social Work. This 2 day conference had workshops on a number of of topics relevant to the theme, “Democracy, Diversity and Digital”. Kudos to Drs. Kate Williams and Abdul Alkalimat from UIUC for organizing the conference. Full program available here. Thanks to Kate Williams/UIUC for the photo.
What follow is a bulleted summary of my comments.
General Obstacles to the successful implementation of the Broadband Project
• In a city which uses the tagline “City of Neighborhoods,” the various levels of federal, state and city government must stabilize communities in order to build a culture of technology to understand & mentor it’s appropriate use;
• Communities must preserve and develop historical memory and conserve and harvest it’s social capital to lay the foundation in order to take full advantage of this endeavor
• To develop a quantitative, evaluation methodology for use as a guideline for Broadband projects to include quality of life as well as vision components in addition to job search, resume-writing, and job posting functions.
• Develop new applications that incorporate the promise of big pipe for use by different sectors of the community, i.e., health, education, small business,
• Gather community organizations, leaders and initiatives including but not limited to, Smart Communities, for brainstorming and input on community needs and contributions that include seats at a governance table for big pipe
• Training for business, community-based organizations and educational institutions, beginning with asset survey of organizational skills & culture, outreach and programs to differentiated training on best practices for Executive Directors, CEOs and community leaders to begin to dialogue about writing community tech plans.
• Strengthen existing city-public partnerships and policies at city/state levels by increasing funding/revenue sources, i.e. CAN-TV