Profile: The Smart Chicago Collaborative: A New Model for Civic Innovation in Cities

Here’s a blog post about Smart Chicago from the website of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School. Their research focus is “the intersection of government and data, ranging from open data and predictive analytics to civic engagement technology”.

Here’s the post: The Smart Chicago Collaborative: A New Model for Civic Innovation in Cities. And a snip:

In Chicago, that jumble is coming together to become one of the country’s strongest civic innovation centers, and it hasn’t been by accident.  The Smart Chicago Collaborative (Smart Chicago), a small civic organization that’s dedicated to improving the lives of people through technology, is working at the center of Chicago’s civic innovation scene.  Through its unique leadership, structure, and strategies, Smart Chicago has been able to develop and align key networks of people with policies and programs in order to produce results.  The organization is a model for cities to capture civic innovation’s energy and use it in new ways to improve urban life.

PROFILE: “Poetic Justice” Technori Article

Today Technori, published a profile written by Megan Weinerman: “POETIC JUSTICE: Daniel X. O’Neil helps to make things better by doing what he wants and messing things up.” I had a lot of fun working with Megan on this piece. Here’s a snip on Chicago-style entrepreneurship:

“I’ve started lots of ventures—a poetry book company, a theater company, a consulting practice—but never considered those activities ‘entrepreneurial’. I just thought of them as a way to do what I wanted. Everyone I ever knew from grade school on always had something on the side. It was always about ‘Do what you want, and have it financed by your day job.’ In the entrepreneurial world, I usually hear a lot of anti-corporate sentiment. But I thrive in both cultures. I have no problem with either whatsoever.

I’m just driven to do things, to create. And I’m always looking to align my passions with my efforts, and figure out how to easily pay for them, rather than how to make money off of them. Then the money always follows because the new passion usually turns into a new job. Then I start all over again with finding a new passion.”