Before we dive in, we'd like to remind folks that the essays should be no more than 3000 words (which should be read as a ceiling and not a target) and essays are due midnight June 28. Now a few quick updates on the Argonaut's Challenge.
First, LAUSD just approved a resolution mandating new district contractors to provide linked learning opportunities to students -- a small but important step in the direction of what we're dreaming about in the education section of the Argonaut's Challenge. From the Board's minutes:
Resolved, That to encourage vendor participation in work based learning strategies, the Governing Board of the Los Angeles Unified School District hereby directs the Superintendent to require all District administrators to incorporate into every contract, procured through a formal Request for Proposal (RFP) process within the Procurement Services Division, a provision high-quality workbased learning partnership, including but not limited to, internships, job shadow days, guest speaking, professional development for teaching and support staff, or mentoring with a District Linked Learning pathway and/or program;
Resolved further, That all work-based learning practices implemented per this resolution will be aligned with the expectation to ensure maximum educational benefit to students per the adoption of the Work Based Learning Resolution in addition to the WBL Guidebook and other relevant District and personnel policies;
Resolved further, That the Superintendent shall establish an online web page that lists the names of all participating vendors/businesses/contractors committed to offering work-based learning opportunities to students by theme;
Second, your intrepid Stag Staff was at the recent Institute for the Future's recent Reimagine Governance event. One of the attendees had a great idea (complete with an illustrator based design) in the vein of our CEQA Argonaut's Challenge topic that is worth sharing:
Apps like Foursquare are used to check-in to places that exist. What if we could instead use an app to project our interests on places that we wished existed? Using this framework, this proposal imagines the use of google glass to leverage augmented reality to allow citizens in a community to collectively preview, submit, and vote, for a concept to be implemented in vacant spaces around their local city.
The design is below.
Third, for a final elliptical thought, we leave you with the recent Milikan Conference debate on the pace of technology, which provides fascinating insight into the deep structural trends that define our times.
The Argonaut's Challenge core hypothesis is that “we’ve gotten caught between two cultures” and put in the context of Thiel - Andreesen debate that at a high level the core barrier to progress isn't lack of innovation so much as institutional inertia. Namely in reimagining government from an antiquated industrial paradigm to a nascent, loosely defined and still being pioneered model.
Important to remember that technology creates value not through creation of new tools in insolation but through purposive implementation. The web is still young, and government is by and large a frontier within the virtual world.