We only posted this morning on the Civic Commons blog which our founding Executive Director Andrew McLaughlin is now continuing to have a totally amazing job atTumblr, and that I will be moving in the ED job at CC at today.
It’s been great working with Andrew because Civic Commons started in May (and by”established”, we mean,”started with funding”, as we have been developing the idea for more than that). It’s been a true honor to work with him, and I have heard a lot about how to approach the vision, strategy and direction of a company with ambitions of high effects. Andrew has a absurd background, with prolonged stints in ICANN, Google, and the White House, and honestly, I am proud that we were able to squeeze Civic Commons in there between the WH and now Tumblr:)
Not only did it singlehandedly spark my own ability to blog, but it has also helped to show that social web platforms can be mobilized for incredible civic purposes. I am a firm believer that the future of the Civic Internet is as much about making our social programs more civic because it is about creating more civic programs . And it’s apparent that Tumblr has the capability to lead the way here.
As for what is next here in Civic Commons: we have achieved a lot in our first seven months — from working with many government entities to open-source internal software , to growing the Open311 job — an open internet standard that facilitates citizen<->government communications, to working to open the civic technology market . Perhaps more importantly, we have learned a lot about what is hard and where we believe our real chance is, and are refocusing our efforts to best reflect that. More importantly in the coming days and weeks.
To our staff, partners and collaborators in Civic Commons, let’s get busy taking it to another level.