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Civic Engagement

Liberty City Digital Commons (LCDC)

The Liberty City Digital Commons (LCDC) proposes the creation of a Wi-Fi network in Liberty Square, the largest public housing development in Miami’s Liberty City, a historically African American, culturally significant community where fewer than thirty percent of households have Internet access. The initiative will be launched using open technologies for wireless communications, such as mesh networking, to allow for... more »
Who are you?

We represent a coalition that includes the Education Effect at Miami Northwestern High School, the School of Journalism at Florida International University, the Liberty Square Trust, and the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Providing open access to the Internet offers essential opportunities for civic engagement, whether seeking out volunteer opportunities, launching voter outreach campaigns, or running/joining community organizing initiatives. LCDC users will be able to use the network as a portal to both seek and post job and educational opportunities, and through these efforts, contribute to a community that is focused on strengthening social capital.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

Because political engagement now relies heavily on digital media, increasing Internet penetration can boost voter outreach campaigns and ensure greater engagement around pressing issues when voters go to the polls. LCDC will create volunteer opportunities as residents build and maintain the Wi-Fi network, and learn of other volunteer opportunities posted to the network such as community gardening, working with charitable and after school programs, and joining neighborhood revitalization efforts.

Please give examples of your project's success.

LCDC is modeled after other successful open Wi-Fi projects launched by a project partner, the Open Technology Institute, in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and in neighborhoods throughout Detroit. Additionally, one of the benefits of launching a community-based Internet project like LCDC is that there will be useful metrics used to measure whether or not the project is meeting its goals—among them general usage data, popular access points, time users spend on the network, and the peak times for use.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Florida International University

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Civic Engagement

A Weekly Miami Event to Build, Share and Learn about Civic Tech

Code for Miami is a collective of locals who are committed to using technology to improve Miami’s civic engagement, relationship between local government and the citizenry and the overall quality of life of the community. We’re proposing the continuation and expansion of our weekly Civic Hack Nights; a weekly gathering for those who want to find innovative ways to better their communities. A “Hack Night” is for those... more »
Who are you?

Code for Miami consists of a group of citizen developers, designers, data geeks, leaders, and idea-makers. We are all volunteers that contribute our talents toward improving the way our local governments and community organizations use the web.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Code for Miami harnesses the power of individuals who want to create change in the community by providing an opportunity for like-minded people to collaborate on transformative projects that benefit local government, organizations and the community at large. A more civically engaged population is integral to our future and quality of life, and the type of projects addressed during Hack Night impact everything from greater awareness of sea level rise to easier access to legislative information.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

Volunteer rates: In our first year of our Civic Hack Nights, we’ve had weekly turn-outs of 5-40 people, with a median of 15-20 people a week donating two hours a night. That’s 2,000 person-hours spent using tech to be civically engaged.

Voter participation and policy awareness: several projects address these topics, such as open source budget visualizations and web applications that track Florida legislature.

Participation of Miami young adults: More than 75% of our attendees are 18-36.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Florida Bill Tracker, created by two core members, was recognized at the White House at an event honoring Open Government and Civic Hacking Champions of Change

MiamiDadeCode.org, which provides the municipal code of the county in an accessible, understandable format
Created MiamiOpenData.org and expanded MiamiWiki.org

Organized Miami’s first National Day of Civic Hacking and CodeAcross; both now annual events

Make civic engagement tangible to young Miamians passionate about tech.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Code for Miami

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Engaging & Connecting our Diverse Communities via Group Dialogue

‘Celebrate Diversity Miami’ (CDM) is a new initiative inspired in part by the work of a well-established, local nonprofit called MCCJ, which creates safe spaces for dialogue between people of all cultures, religions and races; and by the renowned exhibit ‘Coexistence,’ which travelled the world throughout the 2000s to contribute to dialogue in communities about our differences, while encouraging people to think about... more »
Who are you?

Naomi is a connector dedicated to creatively developing initiatives that spark conversation on diversity, encourage collaboration, and inspire action for positive social change. She is currently pursuing a Master's in Community & Social Change at UM.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

As described by U of Michigan professors, intergroup dialogue “… represents a grassroots effort to meet one of the major challenges facing our democracy today: the lack of communication among diverse groups of people in schools … communities, and … workplace. By forging lines of communication among different elements of society, [it] helps to create a more just, harmonious, and strong democracy.” This approach can impact Civic Participation by developing a more empathic & collaborative culture.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

To effectively address the “unmet needs of … residents,” CDM will focus on bringing people of all cultural & economic backgrounds together. CDM believes that part of feeling “connected … to the place they live” includes cultivating stronger connections between residents themselves. Since there are so many “transplants from out of the state or country” it’s very important to familiarize them with what makes our community unique; and what better way to do so than by dialoguing with local citizens?

Please give examples of your project's success.

CDM held an interactive kick-off event in Oct. ‘14, bringing together 150+ people of all ages & cultural backgrounds on a bicycle ride to learn about several positive social change efforts taking place in Overtown, Liberty City, & Little Haiti. We've also been developing partnerships with local schools & community-based organizations in order to connect with the largest network of residents possible for the initial photo-voice exhibit, & upcoming intergroup dialogue component of our initiative.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Celebrate Diversity Miami

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Youth Volunteer Engagement - Meaningful Opportunities for 5-17

HandsOn Miami has recently installed a Youth Advisory Council - a youth Board of Directors consisting of 14 teenagers representing 11 different schools across Miami-Dade County. Their goal for 2015 is to inspire, equip, and mobilize 500 of their peers (ages 5-17 years of age) in active and meaningful hands-on volunteer service to make Miami a better place by supporting local nonprofit organizations.
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Who are you?

HandsOn Miami is a local nonprofit organization that is on a mission to inspire, equip, and mobilize people to take action to positively effect change on our Miami-Dade County community. We have inclusive opportunities to engage everyone in service.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

By focusing on developing meaningful youth volunteer engagement, we are helping to foster the next generation of Miami leaders who are well-versed and connected to Miami's challenges and successes.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

Volunteer Rate - this project will result in the meaningful activation of a minimum of 500 youth volunteers (5-17 years of age). Combined, these volunteers will contribute 1,250 hours of service and directly benefit 10 local nonprofit organizations, schools, or governmental agencies.

Please give examples of your project's success.

This project's success will be measured by:

  1. Number of youth volunteers (5-17 years of age) activated
  2. Number of hours of service completed
  3. Number of agencies served
  4. Number of Youth Project Leaders Trained
  5. Surveys that show an enhanced understanding of the challenges faced by Miami-Dade County and belief that, as a youth volunteer, the volunteer has an opportunity to positively effect change within the County.

Organization Name (or individuals name) HandsOn Miami

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