Promoting Peace With a Mobile App

Today is the U.N. International Day of Peace. But my social media feed is filled with images and news of the violent protests that happened last night in Charlotte, North Carolina. It is this dichotomy that leaves me wondering if the ABQ Kindness mobile app that our team is creating for Mayor Richard Berry canContinue reading “Promoting Peace With a Mobile App”

Cycle of Civic Innovation

If cities are to thrive, they cannot — and must not — hold back the rising tide of innovation, but when you consider that cities are also tasked with protecting their citizens from harm, finding the balance between protection and innovation is not easily achieved. For Airbnb and Uber, their respective disruptions of the status quo were widely embracedContinue reading “Cycle of Civic Innovation”

Adopt These 3 Traits for a Positive Mindset

In a mere .40 seconds, Google serves up 79,800,000 results on “how to be a successful entrepreneur”. That’s a lot of advice. Bold headlines: Build Your A-Team … Pitch Like a Pro … Know Your Competitive Advantage Name dropping : Zuckerberg … Jobs … Sandberg … Omidyar … Wozniak … Corcoran  Videos on sleep habits of successful entrepreneurs … from dropout to billionaire … rocking your pitchContinue reading “Adopt These 3 Traits for a Positive Mindset”

Watch New Mexico Rise: A Conversation with Peter Ambs, CIO, Albuquerque

How do you implement twenty years’ worth of innovative technology in record time? Start with a Mayor that has the innovative vision and drive to upgrade years’ worth of obsolete, archaic business systems and processes while simultaneously creating an innovative, entrepreneurial ecosystem that spurs community economic development. Shortly after taking office, Mayor Richard Berry ofContinue reading “Watch New Mexico Rise: A Conversation with Peter Ambs, CIO, Albuquerque”

Civic Tech: Refining the Vision to Focus on Problems that Really Matter

After spending two days absorbing a wide array of perspectives and ideas presented at the Personal Democracy Forum (PDF) hosted by Civic Hall in New York City, I am more convinced that ever that it is vital for companies like mine which are focused on civic tech to continually push the boundaries of the statusContinue reading “Civic Tech: Refining the Vision to Focus on Problems that Really Matter”