With the sun starting to set a warm glow over the East River, I was one of 150 people scurrying through the stone streets of DUMBO on Thursday, July 11th. Approaching the NYU-Poly DUMBO Incubator building, strangers’ suspecting glances were confirmed: others around them were also heading to the Brooklyn edition of the NYC Digital Roadmap Listening Sessions.
The name of the event series may cause some minor confusion. The “Digital Roadmap Listening Session” is not just for attendees to listen to government officials explain themselves. Those attending the sessions are not supposed to merely listen to that which is already occurring. It would be a mistake to assume that the listening in these sessions is merely passive. Ordinary New Yorkers are invited to be “innovators,” as the @nycgov Meetup group terms attendees. It is important to note that the events are described as participatory discussions; all are welcome to chime in on the city’s digital future. Continue reading “NYC Digital: Listening to You”