As Mayor Bloomberg worked through his state of the city address today, his office simultaneously announced a new software-based initiative to help foster communication among city employees and hopefully make it more responsive to the needs of the citizenry. It’s also setting up a kind of digital suggestion box so employees can give their ideas to the city and make it better. A press release from Spigit, the company the mayor has chosen to run the operation, displays a great deal of optimism about the project:
Through the use of Spigit’s effective crowdsourcing capabilities, proven game mechanics, and social networking tools, the City of New York will now be able to break down communication silos and dramatically improve internal collaboration and sharing of ideas.
This is the latest in a long string of technocratic solutions supported by our geek-loving mayor. Maybe the city’s employees can collaborate on outside-the-box solutions for disposing of garbage and cleaning up snow.
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