City Staff Ideas Challenge
#nycspeaks2022 Share your ideas for bold actions the Mayor should take
Civic Engagement: Use Technology Better
I think it would be "bold, creative, and [refreshing]" for the Mayor to focus on improving how the City uses its technological resources. On the top of my list are:
1) Developing and implementing a WFH policy
2) enable the "Group" function or make it more user-friendly
3) separate PR memos from news/announcements sent from Mayor Eric Adams <firstname.lastname@example.org> e-mail address. Imagine how many people missed the link to get here.
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I'm continuing in the comments because there was a character limit in the proposal. As I am composing this comment, approx. 10 out of 56 proposals are for a WFH policy. Enabling groups as the "Ideas Challenge Prompt" mentioned would eliminate duplicate proposal/idea submissions, but I can't seem to find a way to great a new group. This is not the first instance in my experience where I have found City websites/applications to be underdeveloped or difficult to navigate (e.g. PASSPort).Sure, minor bugs in found in applications are minor inconveniences in the grander scheme of things, but I think the key to increasing engagement starts there.
It feels like this initiative was only mentioned in the Mayor's weekly PR newsletter as a passing reminder instead of given a spotlight of its own. One would think that an initiative promoting "Civic Engagement" would be announced in a slightly more formal manner.
Hi Richard - thanks for the feedback. If you'd like to create a group, you can go to your public profile page and there should be a button on the left bottom side that let's you do that.
If you'd like help us test NYC’s new digital public square - we'd appreciate your insight by doing a user test. What you’ll need: 45 minutes, a laptop/desktop pc with a good internet connection, earn a $20 gift card for your time. Click here to schedule: https://calendly.com/platform-moderators/test-nyc-s-digital-public-square
I think I just ended up creating a new account? Group creation required its own dedicated e-mail address. I created a gmail account for it but the confirmation link didn't make populate in the Groups Task?
Are you Richard? I looks like you were successful: https://www.participate.nyc.gov/profiles/richardc_2/groups
Yes that was me. Are you a Mod/Admin? Can you approve my group? It looks like my group is "pending Review". I just got dinged for trying to upload a screen cap of it to imgur.
Offering $20 per 45 min of time for QA kind of adds to my point. If that is all the funding you have for QA, it speaks to how committed NYC is to "NYC’s new digital public square". For reference, please see average QA Analyst base starting salary: https://www.builtinnyc.com/salaries/dev-engineer/qa-analyst/new-york
It's really exciting to think about a "Digital Hub" and having tools for civic engagement, but this feels like trying to crowdsource a passion project or a PR op. Is 6 mo really plausible for piecing together an actionable program?
Last but not least, update on proposals: it looks like there are ~400 proposals, 9/10 top endorsed are about a WFH policy, the odd one out is about getting a raise. I can't entirely disagree, however it's a little sad some great ideas aren't getting as much attention.
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