Here’s an interesting effort out of New York City, NY following this week’s mayoral election there.
From the website:
Talking Transition is an open conversation about the future of New York City. Join New Yorkers online, in the streets, and in a new meeting place on Canal Street to help shape the transition to a new mayor. The election may be over, but you can continue to make your voice, your question, your idea, and your neighborhood heard.
And from the about page:
Talking Transition is pioneering the first open transition in New York City. We’re transforming the typically closed-door transition process between Election Day and the Inauguration into an opportunity for New Yorkers to make their voices heard. Whether you’re a lifelong New Yorker or you’ve just arrived, everyone has a unique vision for this great city. Now is your chance to tell our new mayor what’s important to you and your neighborhood.
Join us to share your questions, stories, and ideas for the city’s future. By making your voice heard, you can help inform the mayor-elect’s agenda for the next four years and make sure that City Hall prioritizes the issues most important to you.
Come visit the Talking Transition tent on Canal Street and Sixth Avenue, stop by our mobile tents as they make their way across the city, meet our street teams in all five boroughs, and discuss neighborhood issues at your local library. Make this transition count. Get involved. #TalkingTransition.
The website runs on Splash. It offers an online survey and invites visitors to “tell us your story” and “share your ideas for the future of New York City with the mayor-elect”.
While the initiative is supported by a number of well-known foundations,
it’s not quite clear who’s behind it and if and to what extent any of the input will be considered and by whom. Update 11/08: Via Twitter (here, here), the Talking Transition team has indicated that several foundations with “deep investments in NYC” are behind the initiative, that their goal is “to elevate issues voiced by NYers into the mayor-elect’s agenda” and that they encourage Bill de Blasio, NYC’s mayor-elect, to listen and participate.