Angry Top-down Politics vs Real Bottom-up Change

The 2016 election cycle has been dominated by a theme of political dissatisfaction.   Both major parties have had challengers who've been determined to shake up our country's governance, and it's stimulated many former non-voters to engage in the political process for their first time.   While the selection of our country's leader can have a "huge" impact and deserves our attention, an exclusive focus upon the top office risks continuation of the top-down politics of our system of government, which is a bigger problem than who is governing.

The Open Government concept

“Open data” is currently a popular topic.   By making more public data available for citizens to analyze, it becomes possible for them to better identify ways to improve the effectiveness of public policy and government programs.   In doing so, open data offers an important contribution to transparency, however only a small, technologically astute minority of the public has the ability to process much of the raw public data.   Though a number of people with the necessary skills are striving to make the raw data usable by the general public, it's not the whole answer.

Pittsburgh Open Government Amendment



ew Article 6 -- The Amendment deletes the present Article 6: Community Advisory Boards which is now irrelevant because City Council abolished all of the City's Community Advisory Boards, effective December 31, 2000.   In its place, the Amendment will substitute a new Article 6: Open Government which expands upon the recent Open Data legislation passed by City Council, providing greater opportunities for public participation in the governance of the city, including an ability for individuals to be notfied about legislative and administrative actions before they occur and assuring that Council and the Mayor give more attention to resident's input.

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