Pahlka: ‘Government really is the way we do things collectively that we can’t do individually’

Great TEDxPhilly talk by Code for America Founder and Executive Director Jen Pahlka. Really inspiring to see Jen articulate what’s happening around city and local government beyond the tech talk people like me are so in the weeds on. I remember the old days when Jen humored me in 2009 and was one of the first people I interviewed using my trusty Flip on a tripod.


“We have a connection here that’s broken in the larger scheme, but it works at the local level. We care, and it’s important that we care about government, because government really is the way we do things collectively that we can’t do individually … The challenges of this century are too great to not be acting together.”

Luke Fretwell is the founder of the civic innovation and technology blog GovFresh. He advises civic leaders and businesses on how to best leverage digital strategies to create more effective, collaborative governments. He has written about government IT for Federal Computer Week, NextGov, FedScoop, StateScoop and FierceGovernment, and has been referenced by the Washington Post and Fast Company on civic technology issues. He has worked with a number of government-focused companies and media, including CivicActions, NuCivic and FedScoop and has been involved in broad-focused community efforts, such as GovPress, CityCamp, CivicMeet, Agile Government Leadership and Open Source for America. Connect with him on Twitter and LinkedIn.


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