It struck me several days ago that a valuable exercise for DIYcity at this stage might be to try to map out the possible issues we could address, correlated with the different tactics at our disposal for addressing them.
By doing this, we could begin to create a "universe of possibilities" for DIYcity, as well as start to see where the low-hanging fruit is for first efforts.
To get started, everyone at the NYC meetup on Wednesday night answered two questions:
- What are some issues in NYC that DIYcity might be able to address?
- What are the tools at our disposal for addressing these issues?
What we came up with was by no means an exhaustive list, but it was a tiny first step towards building that map. Or at least it was a good document for starting a conversation about that map.
See notes on the answers people gave to those questions on the DIYcity wiki.
If you correlated the items in the first list with items in the second list (as we did in a very limited fashion on Wed), you would start to see a map emerge of possibilities for DIYcity - at least as they relate to New York City, and at least as they relate to this very minute, with our limited grasp of the idea of a DIYcity.
The next step then would be to pick the low-hanging fruit and develop some apps based on those things -- which is where we should consider going next.