A network called 100 Resilient Cities started by the Rockefeller Foundation encourages the appointment of a Chief Resilience Officer and provides model solutions.[i]
A politician, probably with presidential ambitions, California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom looks to cities to innovate new ideas and be responsive to citizens who express their views on social media. Big government institutions are failing, rejected by young Americans.[i] In his book Citizenville he says cities are the only bright spot in politics today because they’re responsive to voters.[ii] If residents don’t like what’s going on, they can vote with their feet and leave as they did in Detroit. He gave the example of Newark mayor Cory book responding to Twitter requests for services such as shoveling snow for an elderly man. Technology can help recreate the democracy of early New England townships. He proposed that cities use the Internet to share innovative ideas in a site called CityChat.
[i] Gavin Newsome. Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government. Penguin Books, 2013, p. 234.
[ii] Gavin Newsome. Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government. Penguin Books, 2013, p. 225.