From Bristol #citizenspace to NYC #civictech, stopping at Nairobi #SiliconSavannah

Hello I’m Alex, or Pitkin, and I’m Delib’s latest travelling director (although more permanently than Chris :] ).  I’ve recently moved to the wonder that is New York City, and if anyone is interested in discussing any of the above hashtags, or digital democracy and digital dockets, and you’re in NYC we should do bagels and coffees!

After signing off on my last few blog posts back in 2012 I’ve been busy roaming the ‘Silicon Savannah’ that is Nairobi, the heart of East Africa’s tech and community engagement scene.

Back in 2012 I was focussing on some exciting projects like the famous DECC My2050 educational consultation game, and the huge Thames Tideway Tunnel consultation on site selection in London. While the tech and thinking has arguably moved on, interestingly both projects are still important today!

“Having your say” and “Exploring participatory branching logic”, safari style

My main focus in my time in Kenya was in continuing the great citizen engagement work that runs on the FrontlineSMS platform after working initially on Kenya’s Daily Nation election monitoring platform that provided real time election dashboards on the 2013 presidential election.  Lots of learning about how people and tech work together around the world to improve communication, democracy, health, sustainability, education and everything outside and in between…

Before my journey to Kenya and the US I was working amongst almost everything Delib since 2006, coordinating product development on all of 3 of our pioneering platforms for the UK government.  A few notable projects for the US government including the award-winning Department of Homeland Security’s Homeland Security Dialogue in 2009/2010.  I’m keen to compare notes here in the US and share experiences on 2017’s big initiatives.

I now find myself living in Brooklyn, and working at the heart of #civictech in the Civic Hall NYC community.  Always trying to help to improve and learn how governments and organisations can improve how they engage and connect with their citizens and customers.