We recently kicked off in earnest a project in Louisville to develop a piece of technology aimed at engaging low-income Millennials (young adults ages 18-30) in city planning processes. This project comes as part of a broader Living Cities effort to better understand the potential for tech to deepen civic engagement and improve the lives of low-income people, and to help us explore roles we might play in maximizing this potential in the future.
We came into this process with a few questions in our minds:
Who exactly are Millennials and what does it take to engage them in civic process?
How might a new technology solution aid us in this work in a way that is meaningfully different than what existing tech does?
What are the deeper issues underlying the “presenting problem” of engaging low-income young adults?
Here are some things we are learning."
— Tamir Novotny reports back from Louisville: Millennials, Civic Engagement and Civic Tech