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3 Free Visual Analysis Tools to Help You Gain Insight Faster

Visual analysis of DNA

Visual data analysis help organizations make decisions and learn faster by leveraging our natural ability to visually detect patterns quickly.This presentation reviews the motivation to visual analytics research.  We also review demo visualizations from D3JS.org, Google Charts API, and other tools.

Check out D3JS.org to learn more about their awesome JavaScript visualization tools.

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Creating Positive Culture Using Appreciative Inquiry

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Appreciative Inquiry is a strategic planning framework helping non-profits, businesses, and organizations discover a shared positive vision and make it happen.   In contrast to traditional business analysis that explores strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT),   appreciative inquiry organizations focus on growing their strengths and opportunities while minimizing their weaknesses.   Every organization needs positive change.   I appreciate that this framework encourages open positive participation from EVERYONE in the organization.

Why do I believe appreciative inquiry(AI) is important?

  • In our modern age, I can understand why we tend to focus on problems. In our news media, how easy is it to find news about people who are making improvements or positive change? I believe organizations should know their weaknesses. I, however, believe that we can often let weaknesses dominate the process of making our organizations better.
  • After reading and listening to EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey, I believe that creating positive culture has become the new imperative. I love the idea that you have to “start with a dream and end in a goal.”
  • Plants and organic systems grow toward light. I believe human organizations also grow toward “light.”
    (leaders and organizations who make positive change)
How does the process work?

For a brief summary of the process, please visit the appreciative inquiry page on Wikipedia.

In my previous employer CompassKnowledge group, I had the opportunity to see this process in action.

  • Senior leadership team created and documented a shared vision for the organization.
  • A senior leader interviewed me. During this interview, we talked about moments where I felt I was excited about my life and work. We talked about the strengths used during those high points in my life. We also brain stormed ways that my strengths can be used in the work place to create more positive change for our team and customers.
  • This process was repeated for all 200+ employees. (Wow!)
  • Without getting into too much detail, the company aggregated the data from the strengths and opportunities to form a master plan regarding how CompassKnowledge was going to rock distance learning in the future while charging up the team. The shared vision and dream was enhanced with ideas coming from every single member of the organization, a sample of the students we served, and our customers.
  • Impacts that I treasure: (1) During this process, I pitched the idea of doing innovation time off to senior leadership. This discussion evolved into a few strategic research projects. (2) I especially loved that we spoke with some of our knowledge partners(customers) and students. It helped me connect my job with the stories of students getting excited about finishing their degree through one of our programs and the positive impacts it will have for their families.

How can I use this process today?

Put yourself in an environment where you can think for 20 minutes. I would recommend getting a blank sheet of paper and a pen. Take the time to answer the following questions.

1 – What are the high points or most celebrated stories in your life?

2 – What was a time that you were excited to jump out of bed and start working
on your project or cause?

3 – What personal strengths do you have from those high points in your life? In general,
what are your personal strengths?

4 – Imagine a world where you are happy and creating positive change in your work daily.
What does that dream job look like?

5 – How can you use the personal strengths from question 3 to create the dream
job that you talked about in question 4?

What insights did you make about yourself?

As we dream about the future in five years, how can you use this process to enhance your life?    How can it impact your organization?

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Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action

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Why should we communicate starting with “WHY?”

  1. In the context of leading, the average presentation can spend a lot of time down in the details.   The inspired teachers and leaders talk about why they believe a particular lesson is important.   This can also help leaders to discover common ground with the audience.
  2. By encouraging yourself to start with “WHY”, you can start to find wasteful activity.   If a task or lesson does not create value, why should I do it?
  3. The question of “WHY” is often related to the question of personal mission.   How does this lesson or task fit into my personal mission of life?   If my daily activities do not line up with my life mission, what can i do to change it?
  4. I love Simon Sinek’s comment on Martin Luther King Jr.    Martin Luther King gave the “I have a dream” speech.   He did not give the “I have a plan” speech.
  5. The world needs your inspiration.
The following talk by Simon Sinek has been a great inspiration to me.

Abstract: Simon Sinek presents a simple but powerful model for how leaders inspire action, starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers — and as a counterpoint Tivo, which (until a recent court victory that tripled its stock price) appeared to be struggling.

 

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If you have a dream, stop waiting for it. Make it!

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In one of my favorite podcasts on open source software, Tim O’Reilly, publisher, speaker, and thought leader in open technology, challenges us to create a world where we “create more value than you take.”    This core idea appears in many contexts.    The agile leadership movement challenges teams to increase communication, accountability and create “value” using regular iterations of time.    In the culture of Chick-fil-A, Dan Cathy challenges leaders to become “servant leaders.”   In the act of becoming a servant leader, you become a teacher and a guide to your teams.  Servant leaders find success in helping their teams become the best version of themselves.  Becoming service oriented is a great place to start!

During our family road trips, my wife Sarah and I are very reflective in our conversations.   While taking our kids to the zoo, we started to reflect upon the following question:  What does our dream job look like?  What type of work helps us feel passionate and excited about our day?   As we talked, I sketched out this funny little sketch.

Agile, Creativity, Business

During my most potent and engaged times of life, creativity, agile culture, and a spirit of caring for our community have been the magic ingredients of those moments.

  • As a choir director, I started learning the craft of continuous and incremental improvement with our team of volunteer music ministers.    I loved how collaborative and fun our choir was in making music.
  • As a software developer for a distance learning company, we were not supporting a cold sales process.   Our team was helping to connect adult learners with hope.   With the hope of getting a better education and degree, these learners can help their families and careers to thrive.
  • As an agile coach for a research institution, I really enjoy helping our software teams serve the community with creative software solutions.  It’s especially fun to help organizations find ways to streamline their processes and push the boundaries of knowledge and technology.

In regards to creativity and entrepreneurship, I have been delighted with the trends of the “Makers” movement.    In his book “Makers”, Chris Anderson explores trends in open innovation, 3D printing, CNC machines and open source that are leading to a new industrial revolution.    After reading parts of this book, I just can’t wait to start designing toys with my sons, printing, and playing with them.  Researchers and hackers in this space are creating computers that cost $35, quad copters, robots, R/C cars, and much more!   This space is ripe with opportunities.

In this blog, I hope to serve my readers with practical ideas for encouraging creativity in business.   I will share useful apps and lessons learned for Agile teams.   I hope to explore ideas that help organizations become more innovative, attract a tribe, and foster a culture of continuous learning.   I hope this content helps motivate you to start.   If you have a dream, stop waiting for it.   Make it!

 

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How to Build Your Mobile App using HTML

Are you looking for an easy way to get started building mobile apps?   In this post, I would like to introduce you to a tool called JQuery Mobile that empowers you to craft mobile applications using HTML and a little bit of JavaScript.   This free tool builds upon the strengths of the jquery programming community who do a solid job of creating fun and well documented programming tools.

JQuery mobile works well in the following cases:

  1. Information apps: The application that you’re building is informational in nature.   If you’re trying to build a game or the next “Angry Birds,”  Jquery mobile is not a good fit.   This tool works well if your creating e-books, apps for conferences, promoting a band, or capturing information using simple forms.
  2. It’s just HTML: Learning Objective C or Java can be intimidating to people just learning how to program.   I greatly appreciate that JQuery mobile provides a solid place to start for novice app builders.
  3. Get started at no cost: What do you need to get started? A text editor, a web browser, and your creativity.  (notepad++, textwrangler for Mac, etc.)

In the following code sketch, I will outline how to create a simple application.   The app will show you how to create buttons on a list view, create a pop-out window, include text and images, and enable your users to navigate from one page to another. If you need training on HTML or JavaScript, please visit CodeAcademy.com for additional teaching.

In this  example, we will build a simple app to help promote a group or club.   It will consist of four pages: home, events, contact us, and news.   These pages will look something like this when we’re done. You can also check out a demo at this link.

Home screen

Home page

Contact us page

Events page

Events page

For a comprehensive introduction to JQuery Mobile, please visit http://learn.jquery.com/jquery-mobile/getting-started/

The HTML to create this small application is shown below.  How does this code work?

 

 

 

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.8.3.min.js"></script>
&nbsp;
<script type="text/javascript" src="http://code.jquery.com/mobile/1.2.1/jquery.mobile-1.2.1.min.js"></script>
<div data-role="page">
<div data-role="header">
<h1>My Group App</h1>
</div>
&nbsp;
<div data-role="content">
<ul data-role="listview" data-inset="true" data-filter="true">
    <li><a href="#events">Events</a></li>
    <li><a href="#contact_us" data-rel="dialog">Contact us</a></li>
    <li><a href="#news">News</a></li>
</ul>
<img style="padding: 10px;" src="img/student_group_pic.jpg" alt="" align="left" /> Etiam a lorem id nisl porttitor scelerisque sed vitae dolor. Nunc gravida leo quis dolor pretium sed eleifend nisl commodo. Cras id imperdiet tortor. Sed convallis massa vel sapien ullamcorper convallis. Vivamus elit odio, suscipit quis adipiscing at, dignissim interdum arcu.

</div>
&nbsp;
<div data-role="footer">
<h4>Look forward to seeing you soon!</h4>
</div>
&nbsp;

</div>
&nbsp;
<div id="contact_us" data-role="page" data-add-back-btn="true">
<div data-role="header">
<h1>My Group - Contact us</h1>
</div>
&nbsp;
<div data-role="content"><img src="img/student_group_pic.jpg" alt="" />
<h3>Contact Us</h3>
Etiam a lorem id nisl porttitor scelerisque sed vitae dolor. Nunc
gravida leo quis dolor pretium sed eleifend nisl commodo. Cras id
imperdiet tortor. Sed convallis massa vel sapien ullamcorper
convallis. Vivamus elit odio, suscipit quis adipiscing at, dignissim
interdum arcu.
<ul>
    <li>Mary Jane -- President -- <a href="#">E-mail</a></li>
    <li>John Smith -- Vice President -- <a href="#">E-mail</a></li>
    <li>Simon Flat -- Communications -- <a href="#">E-mail</a></li>
</ul>
</div>
&nbsp;
<div data-role="footer">
<h4>Look forward to seeing you soon!</h4>
</div>
&nbsp;

</div>
&nbsp;
<div id="events" data-role="page" data-add-back-btn="true">
<div data-role="header">
<h1>My Group - Events</h1>
</div>
&nbsp;
<div data-role="content">
<h3>Events</h3>
<ul>
    <li>Event 1: Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit.</li>
    <li>Event 2: Quisque ut metus eu leo interdum volutpat.</li>
    <li>Event 3: Vestibulum accumsan erat vitae leo imperdiet faucibus.</li>
</ul>
</div>
&nbsp;
<div data-role="footer">
<h4>Look forward to seeing you soon!</h4>
</div>
&nbsp;

</div>
&nbsp;
<div id="news" data-role="page" data-add-back-btn="true">
<div data-role="header">
<h1>My Group - News</h1>
</div>
&nbsp;
<div data-role="content">
<h3>News</h3>
<ul>
    <li>News 1: Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit.</li>
    <li>News 2: Quisque ut metus eu leo interdum volutpat.</li>
    <li>News 3: Vestibulum accumsan erat vitae leo imperdiet faucibus.</li>
</ul>
</div>
&nbsp;
<div data-role="footer">
<h4>Look forward to seeing you soon!</h4>
</div>
&nbsp;

</div>
&nbsp;

&nbsp;

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In the HEAD of the document, we include JavaScript code references that enable JQuery mobile to function. JQuery mobile tries to use standard HTML structures to enable you to craft mobile user interfaces. If you removed these code references, you will notice that the web page reverts to standard web browser rendering rules.

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<script type="text/javascript" src="http://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.8.3.min.js"></script>
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<script type="text/javascript" src="http://code.jquery.com/mobile/1.2.1/jquery.mobile-1.2.1.min.js"></script>

To create a button that moves the user from the home screen to the “Events” page, use the following code. The “#events” string corresponds to the “id” attribute of the page “events”. To see an example of opening a dialog box, look at the “#contact_us” link to see how that was done.

<ul>
    <li><a href="#events">Events</a></li>
</ul>

The following code is responsible for creating the “Events” page in the application. The code sets the header, footer, and content of the page. The content of a JQuery mobile page is just HTML. To make it easier for the user to return to the home screen, I added the “data-add-back-btn” attribute and set it to true.

<div id="events" data-role="page" data-add-back-btn="true">
<div data-role="header">
<h1>My Group - Events</h1>
</div>
&nbsp;
<div data-role="content">
<h3>Events</h3>
<ul>
    <li>Event 1: Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit.</li>
    <li>Event 2: Quisque ut metus eu leo interdum volutpat.</li>
    <li>Event 3: Vestibulum accumsan erat vitae leo imperdiet faucibus.</li>
</ul>
</div>
&nbsp;
<div data-role="footer">
<h4>Look forward to seeing you soon!</h4>
</div>
&nbsp;

</div>
<!-- /page -->

So… How do you make this HTML app available in the Android or iOS app store? Check out our post introducing PhoneGap.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments!

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10 Games To Foster Innovation with Your Team

I believe that projects should be fun.   When projects are fun, people share their best and most innovative ideas.   I am very thankful that my team leader introduced me to the book Gamestorming, a playbook for innovators, rule-breakers and changemakers.     As an agile coach for a software development team, it’s important for our team to learn how to collaborate, support our customers on making judgments about priorities, requirements, and to keep improving the product and the team.   As leaders, how do we encourage innovative thinking that encourages team members to be creative?   If we want creativity, we have to practice this art.    Why don’t we practice this craft of creativity using games?

For a brief introduction to GameStorming by David Gray, check out the following video:

Here are 10 games that I have used with my teams.   For leaders, I hope these games help inspire a spirit of innovation with your teams.

10 Easy Innovation Games

  1. Trading cards - In a learning and innovation environment, it’s important for your players to build rapport with each other.   This is a pretty easy ice breaker game.
  2. Post-up - I really love this device since it helps EVERYONE to contribute. (whether you’re a very vocal person or a quiet thinker)    Post it notes are a simple way of capturing an idea.   This game gives the team silence and space to reflect upon creating new ideas.   Other games can be used to organize those ideas.
  3. Affinity map - In “Post-up”, the primary goal was to capture ideas.  Affinity map encourages your team organize your ideas on a white board or table.  If one idea is very similar to another idea, those ideas should be placed in closer proximity.     This helps you see relationships between ideas.
  4. Mitch Lacey Team Prioritization - For any project team, it’s often useful to consider the question “what should we do that will generate the most value with the smallest amount of complexity?”   This game encourages your project team to arrange ideas on a 2d space.  On one axis, you have complexity.( low to high)   One the other axis, you have value(low value to high value)   By placing ideas on this grid, it’s often easy for your team to spot the next logical steps.
  5. Dot voting - What does your team think we should do?  In this simple game, your team receives 5 dots.   The team places their dot votes next to ideas that they would support.  Voting can also encourage friendly competition.
  6. $100 Test - If we had $100 to spend on the ideas before the team, how would we allocate that money?
  7. Atomize - As we study complex systems, it’s often helpful to decompose large ideas or objects into smaller parts.   For example, as we study cells in biology, this game can be used to help students learn the components of the cell.    If your team is creating something new, this game can help you think about how to break the problem into parts.
  8. 4C’s - As your project team considers creating a new product or service, this game helps your team think about decomposing the problem.
  9. Plus/Delta - This simple game helps the team reflect upon what went really well and what we can improve.   Team reflection and team sponsored improvement can be very powerful.
  10. Actions for retrospectives - This retrospective game is very similar to #9.   In some ways, I like this game more since the team also considers the questions of risk and wishes.    The game also encourages you to make ideas actionable.

You can find more innovation games at the Gamestorming Wiki : http://www.gogamestorm.com/?page_id=234

 

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7 Life Changing Lessons From Dave Ramsey on Business Leadership

John Maxwell on Leaders

My wife and I are raving fans of Dave Ramsey, Chris LoCurto, and their team.   As a teaching organization, they communicate their lessons about financial peace, leadership, and business development with clarity, passion and energy.   After listening to one of their Entreleadership lessons, I always feel I have a few ideas that I can use in my family and team today.

So, why should you care about Entreleadership?

  1. I believe that leadership and education are highly correlated crafts.   You stand out in business when you care and you have the heart of a teacher.   John Maxwell in his book “Developing the Leader in You” has a great quote:  ”The growth and development of people is the highest calling of a leader.”   A great deal of the book talks about creating great teams.
  2. Organizations rise and fall on leadership and influence.   I believe that the Entreleadership team has collected some great wisdom on leadership and coaching.

Here are my seven favorite Entreleadership podcasts.    They have been life changing for me.  I hope they kick start your leadership for 2013.

  • Start With Why with Simon Sinek: Dave defines EntreLeadership, and Simon Sinek joins Jon and Chris to talk about his book: Start With Why.
  • Servant Leadership with Dan Cathy: Dave describes “servant leadership” and why it is the only kind of leadership that works. Jon interviews Dan Cathy, President and COO of Chick-fil-A.
  • Start with a Dream & End With a Goal with Jon Acuff: Setting a true goal stretches you. It makes you reach for something that’s just beyond your reach. You have to be deliberate! Dave teaches today about how to set a goal as well as achieve it. As a special guest today we will also be talking with Wall Street Journal Best Selling Author Jon Acuff about his new book Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job & Your Dream Job.
  • Fear and Opposition with Jon Acuff: On today’s episode, Dave Ramsey shares on taking risks. Jon Acuff joins Chris LoCurto in the studio to discuss succeeding in the face of fear and opposition.
  • Personal Selling with Michael Hyatt: Michael Hyatt joins Chris LoCurto live in the studio to talk about his new book “Platform.” Dave Ramsey shares a lesson on personal selling.
  • Recognition with Leadership Freak Dan Rockwell: In this week’s episode, Dave will talk about the power of recognizing your team and catching them in the act of being awesome. This always leads to amplifying the success of your business. Blogger Dan Rockwell (Leadership Freak) will also be in the studio as a special guest.
  • What Makes a Great Leader? with Dave Ramsey: If you want to develop your leadership abilities or if you’re a business leader who wants to develop your team, this episode provides the answers and foundation to get you moving in the right direction. This week Dave Ramsey will be our guest discussing everything from his personal leadership style to what separates great leaders from good leaders.

What other resources do you use to improve your leadership and coaching?

 

 

3 Steps to Energize Your Work Day

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How was your day? Did you feel energized by your activities or work? For me, this is such a powerful question. We have no clue how long we will be blessed to live our lives. I consider each day a gift and treasure. I know that I feel energized when my life activities are aligned with my “why.” My “why” refers to my mission, my purpose, and values. As human beings, we thrive and get energized when we can connect to our purpose.

How was your day? Did we make a difference?

Was there a time in your life that you felt energized by your work? For me, I greatly enjoyed my life working in graduate school in computer science. I have admit it was an odd mix of activities. I worked for my first startup. It was a small Catholic church where I served as a minister of music. I also served our church in all aspects of technology. Since we held worship services in a school cafeteria, our teams needed to setup and manage sound and video equipment. Our pastor and my friend, Father Stephen was a great teacher with an eye for marketing and strategic planning. It was a pleasure getting to collaborate with him and other team members on website design and other marketing efforts. More importantly.. We built a shared vision for our family and community. We also had a great zeal for college ministry too. It was awesome to support students in their faith through music, education, and building community.

On the computer science side, I was learning how to contribute knowledge in a research area known as machine learning. This technology can be used to help keep spam out of your inbox, helps websites recommend products to you, or empowers cars to drive themselves. I love learning about artificial intelligence since it is ultimately a practical study in ourselves. How do we think? What does it mean to be self aware? How are we creative and combine ideas? How do we learn?

Today.. I know that I am actively working to steer my family activities and professional direction so that I keep myself faithful, service oriented, and curious about the world. I hope to encourage others to do the same.

I greatly recommend the following talk by Simon Sinek. He shares some awesome reasons why you should focus your energy and passions around a mission and purpose. Check out the video the here.

What are three things can you do to connect with your Why?

1. Give yourself quiet and space… In order to connect to your sense of significance, it is critical to give yourself silence. There is a great gift in creating space for quiet reflection. If you are a person of faith, consider taking your question of purpose to prayer.

2. Journal… In addition to quiet reflection, consider keeping a journal. Write about your dreams, fears, your wins, and reflections. There is a power in getting your dream and purpose on paper.

3. Build community… I love Jon Acuff and his teachings on fear. He would claim that a big enemy of living your life with purpose is fear. I believe it is easier to clarify your purpose in life my seeking out others who share your values and vision for life. If you talk about your mission and purpose, you are more likely to learn and take action. Positive friendships and community are a great way to defeat fear.

Life is too short to do work that lacks meaning and purpose. How was your day? I hope your tomorrow is bright!

Connecting Your Favorite Google Services Using Google App Script

Google App Script

Through Google Documents, Google provides amazing web based tools for students, businesses, and educators.   During a Google Developer Group meeting at Mercer University,  I was introduced to a cool programming technology enabling developers to customize Google App experiences using JavaScript.   Using Google App Script, you can automate tasks and connect Google products to together.   You can also connect apps to third-party data sources and API’s.

Why Would You Use Google App Script?

Dr. Robert Allen from the Google Developers Group shared his experiences in building a grade book application for his classes.   In the past, Dr. Allen would manually construct grade book spreadsheets based on a class roster.   His clever grade book application works in the following manner:

1) On the first day of class, students fill out a Google form with their name and gmail e-mail address.

2) After Dr. Allen captures the class roster from the students, he presses a “generate grade book” button that constructs his grade book.

3) Dr. Allen wanted students to be able to track their grades as he documented them in his Google Spreadsheet.  He, however, wanted to make sure students could not see the grades of another.   His Google App Script generated “read only” data sheets so that students can only see their data.   The data sheets were shared with the student automatically.

4) As Dr. Allen posts grades to his master Google Spreadsheet, he can press a “publish” button to distribute the updated grade information to the “readonly” spreadsheets.

In the example, Dr. Allen used Google spreadsheets, Google Forms, and programming functions to share data.

Using Google App Script, you can connect all of the following Google products together to solve a broad range of use cases and business problems:  Calendar,  Contacts,  Document,  Drive,  Finance,  Forms,  Gmail,  Groups,  Language, Maps,  Sites,  and Spreadsheet.

What else can Google App Script Do?

  • Google App Script can be used to create small web applications.
  • Create custom functions in Google Spreadsheet
  • Create Google Sites Gadgets
  • Check out the Google Developers Blog to learn more about how people leverage  Google App Script.

How do you get started with Google App Script?

The following video provides a nice introduction to Google App Script concepts.

Abstract:   This video is a recording of our Introduction to Apps Script.    Eric Koleda, a Developer Programs Engineer at Google, covers what Apps Script, use cases, code examples, and hold q&a. Check out https://developers.google.com/apps-script/ to learn more or get started!

Check out more videos from Google I/O conference here.

You program Google App Scripts using the popular language JavaScript.   If you’re interested in learning this language, check out the following links:

Google provides nice tutorials and learning resources here:

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Jennifer Pahika challenges us to “code a better government”

Code for America

I have watched the “Code for America” movement with great admiration.   This movement encourages programmers to take a year off to do community service working with government.  I believe that this movement is creating a very special community of technology empowered servant leaders.

The following TED talk by Jennifer Pahika shares the mission of “Code for America” and the impact of the movement.   As we enter this season of voting, it’s important to remember that voting is only one way that we can influence government as Jennifer remarks.   In particular, I believe Jennifer Pahika and the “Code for America” fellows promote 5 killer ideas in this talk!

1) “Government is what we do together that we can’t do alone” — @timoreilly

2) As a community, we should encourage citizens to serve each other for the benefit of all. These acts of service can be big or small. It all matters.

3) Apps can help remind us of the needs in our local community and connect people together. She shared the example of CitizensConnect .

4) Government can become a platform to lead citizens to serve each other.

5) In many cases, the movement is discovering ways to save tax dollars.

Abstract: Can government be run like the Internet, permissionless and open? Coder and activist Jennifer Pahlka believes it can — and that apps, built quickly and cheaply, are a powerful new way to connect citizens to their governments — and their neighbors.

If you’re interested in learning more about this movement, there is a “Code for America” summit is happening this week.   Check out the Twitter Buzz.

In the Macon, GA, I am pretty excited to see the collaborations between my university, the College Hill Alliance, and Code for America.   To learn more, please visit the following article: http://codeforamerica.org/2012-partners/macon/

This movement has also inspired a number of other citizen empowerment movements.   In particular, I would encourage you to visit “Random Hacks of Kindness.

What would you challenge our community of citizens to build to enhance government together?  Share your comments below.