What We're Reading and Following This Week
Dos and don'ts for civic engagement
In an interview with Jason Shueh of Government Technology, U.S. Federal SocialGov Community Lead Justin Herman shared insights on civic engagement. We were interested to hear his thoughts on the link between civic engagement and collaboration: "Digital engagement and citizen engagement isn’t just fueling better programs, those lessons are being used to create an entire collaborative government across the board."
Wanted: 100,000 new STEM teachers
100Kin10 is a cross-sector initiative involving corporations, universities, and non-profits that aims to train and place 100,000 new STEM teachers by 2021. Intersector approaches are popular in tackling issues related to STEM education in the United States — See our case study on New York's P-TECH, or our blog post on the national US2020 initiative.
System mapping in action
Addressing a complex issue involving multiple stakeholders can be a daunting process, so we were interested to see a recent post from FSG walking through the process of system mapping, specifically related to children's health, learning, and development from birth to age 8.
Chi-Cal Rivers Fund announces 1.4 million in grants
A cross-sector partnership in Illinois brings together the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, ArcelorMittal, the Chicago Community Trust, and several foundations to help improve and enhance waterways in the Chicago and Calumet region.
Boston's MBTA could partner with Uber, Lyft
This article from Next City profiles a pilot program between the MBTA, Uber, and Lyft that aims to make transit more accessible for passengers with disabilities. This isn't the first instance of the MBTA working with the private sector in an innovative way to tackle a problem that they lacked the resources to solve on our own. For another example, see our profile of their collaboration with New Balance to build a commuter rail station.