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On this 4th of July it’s appropriate that some of BFD is devoted to discussing the reform of local government.
Here’s a modest proposal for BFD readers to consider: Promote the idea of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and Northeast Ohio as global leaders in open governance. Establish the BFD Open Governance Project to start.
Portland, OR recently sent a delegation of civic leaders to Scandinavia to learn the best practices in sustainability for cities. Learn more.
It seems to me that it would make sense for Cleveland to send a delegation to Estonia (a leader in e-government) to learn how to leverage our One Community project. Estonia even runs an e-Governance Academy. Learn more.
Pushing for more openness, transparency, accountability and responsiveness makes more sense to me than pushing for a reduction of council seats. (Reducing council seats — a zero some game — will likely lead to gridlock.) Here are some suggestions on how to move forward.
- Expose patronage ties through social network mapping using Valdis Krebs’ expertise. Use the information on Frank Russo’s payroll from the PD to start. Or, map the connections on the Med Mart deal, or the airport, or the Port Authority. (Or, we could simply map Roldo’s brain. )
- Research and draft a model reform of a reverse “open records” statute in Ohio. (Translation: All records should be public and posted on the Internet, unless the government makes the case that this information should be withheld for very narrow exceptions.) Open access is major opportunity that raises some difficult issues. The challenge is to keep adjusting old approaches to new technologies. Read more. Get some smart law students from CWRU, CSU and the U Akron to start. The Fund for Our Economic Future could even establish a Joint Center on Open Governance to promote its agenda of “government collaboration and efficiency”.
- Invite Steven Clift to address the City Club. An Ashoka Fellow, he has been pushing e-governance issue for long time. Download some of his articles here. He gets practical. While he’s here, get CoolCleveland, Youngstown’s Thinkers and Drinkers, E4S, Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams, University of Akron President Luis Proenza, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan (and anyone else who gets it) to sponsor a NEO gathering to share some of the best practices in e-governance.
- For inspiration, read The Brilliant Solution this month (it’s short). It occurs to me that we are in the midst of an emerging consensus that our City and County governments don’t work very well. It’s similar (on a much smaller scale, of course) to the realization that moved leaders forward in the spring of 1787. The story reminds us that democracy is a process requiring continuous innovation to avoid the hazards of impasse, greed, and concentrated power.
- Establish an on-line workspace (The BFD Open Governance Project) to move forward. If enough people e-mail me to say they are interested, I’ll set up a workspace using our collaboration between I-Open and Near-Time, a leading Enterprise 2.0 firm based in Research Triangle. Recruit high school and college students to help run the workspace with internships funded by local businesses and foundations.
I’m reading Theodore Rex, Edmund Morris’ masterful biography of Theodore Roosevelt. TR had a wonderful quote: ““Do what you can with what you have, where you are.”
E-mail me, if you are interested in this modest proposal.
Here is a report on government costs in Cuyahoga County I prepared in 2004. Download a copy.
Last 5 posts by Ed Morrison
- Signing off - February 3rd, 2012
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