City Manager: Yi-An Huang
City Councilors: Burhan Azeem (email), Dennis J. Carlone (email), Alanna M. Mallon (email), Marc C. McGovern (email), Patricia M. Nolan (email), Sumbul Siddiqui – Mayor (email), E. Denise Simmons (email), Paul F. Toner (email), and Quinton Y. Zondervan (email).
Information Technology: Patrick J. McCormick, Chief Information Officer
TO BE PROPOSED
IN PROCESS– a rough draft
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS TO RECOGNIZE THE ROLE OF HER CITIZENRY AND THE REAL OPPORTUNITIES THE CITY HAS TO SHOWCASE HER CITIZENS, WE ADOPT THE FOLLOWING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES REGARDING THE PUBLIC’S PARTICIPATION IN ONE OF THE CITY’S PRIMARY ACCOUNTABILITY STRUCTURES FOR HER CITIZENS:
WHEREAS, the websites of the City of Cambridge are ostensibly the property of her citizens, we hereby move to open pages for the expressed purpose of having her citizens comment on the priorities for the work of all the departments of the city.
WHEREAS, the City Commissioners and Mayor, herein known as the “Leadership of Cambridge,” all have their own priorities for the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, we hereby move that each of these representatives of the people, be given open pages on the website of the the City of Cambridge whereby each can add and update no less than their top five priorities — work to be done — in order that the citizenry may weigh in to increase or decrease the prioritization of those efforts.
WHEREAS, within the citizenry of Cambridge there are innumerable experts touching most every aspect of human life and endeavor, the website shall be further opened so citizens can comment and vote on the importance of the top problems within the city and then add their own. These added priorities would be valued by other citizens in much the same way as they vote and value those presented by the Leadership of Cambridge.
WHEREAS, the city recognizes that there are extraordinary resources with depth of learning among the faculty and administrators of our colleges and universities, especially all the Colleges and Universities so pivotally positioned within the city, we move that all citizens be encouraged to adopt one of the seventeen ongoing unsolved global problems identified by the United Nations or any one of the many unsolved problems as identified within Wikipedia. Or, in the spirit of these unsolved problems, citizens are encouraged to propose their own, and that these unsolved problems also become part of the city’s web resources such that the entire city is intellectually active and working together toward common goals.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ENACTED FOR AND BY THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE:
SECTION 1. Recognizing the invaluable resources of ideas and expertise, the city commissioners would request of all those who have voted online and added insights, that they consider volunteering to be a spokesperson for citizenry of Cambridge regarding that issue and to be able to “opt-in” to be called on by the local, state, and national media to comment on it in light of their contributions posted on the city’s website.
SECTION 2. Further recognizing these insights and expertise, the Leadership of Cambridge requests that ________, Director of the the Information Technology Department of Cambridge, create a web-based infrastructure to support the goals as outlined.
SECTION 3. Further recognizing these insights and expertise, the Leadership of Cambridge requests th__________, Director of the Communications Department of Cambridge, initiate print and electronic media to local, state and national outlets regarding these initiatives in order to generate positive publicity of the city’s citizenry and the city’s activities.
SECTION 4. ADOPTED at a regular meeting of the City Commission of the City of Cambridge, held in City Hall, Cambridge, Massachusetts this day,___, of _____ (Month, Year).