Ms. Higashi, a 30-something software engineer living in Tokyo, posted the file “boyfriend_require” to GitHub with the hope that she might be able to find someone who shares her goals and interests. Naturally, as an exacting programmer, she’s listed a fair number of standards that she hopes a potential mate can live up to, a few of which are listed below.

Indie capitalism is local, not global, and cares about the community and jobs and says so right up front. Good things come from and are made locally by people you can see and know. The local focus makes indie capitalism intrinsically sustainable–energy is saved as a result of a way of life, not in an effort to reach a distinct and difficult goal.

Through these three pilot partnerships, which are still in progress, I’ve learned a number of important lessons on various innovation models that have the potential to lead to real change in cities. To fully understand the potential of these partnerships we must first stop thinking about the traditional public-private partnerships that are common to local governments and many other organizations. While the traditional collaborations may have some of the same qualities, they are most often concerned with a different purpose. Public-private partnerships are generally designed to deliver contracted public services, such as trash collection or day care provision, while the partnerships that we are creating are designed to develop policies, programs and technologies that deepen the engagement between government and the community.

At an event Monday morning at the Hatchery, a co-working space in San Francisco, Lee said that the changes in the city’s open data legislation followed best practices established in New York City and Chicago, and proposed by the Sunlight Foundation*. While Chief Innovation Officer Jay Nath helps to promote open data and other technology projects externally, he said, “we need somebody on the inside to get [city departments] on a higher level of sharing their data.”

Mike Flower’s work isn’t sexy, but it is the best example of #Gov20 at work. Another great video of his is from DataGotham 2012. Clogged drains + Waste Pickup + BioFuels = win, win, win! 

These two videos are a must for anyone who is trying to understand data science within Government.


Mike Flowers, Director of the City’s Policy and Strategic Planning Analytics Team, explains how the city has been using building data to crack down on illegal apartment conversions, which helps prevent fires. As a result of this effort, building inspectors saw a five-fold increase in the uncovering and remediation of illegal conversions.