More on ‪#‎BetterPenang

click-to-fix example of photo-larger#BetterPenang CAT (Citizen Action Technology) is a community owned platform allows users to post complaints and ideas to make Penang a better place for everyone.

This app is based on the idea that a democracy can only work if everyone plays a role. As such better Penang is a community-driven effort, it will only work if you and I do our part to make it work.

NOTE: This app Is created and maintained by volunteers using their own resources. No government fund was spent for this project and while we are happy to receive the support from local government officials, we are not directly affiliated to the government.

Further background:

Sources:
http://cat.betterpg.com/v2/
http://www.betterpg.com/index.html
https://www.facebook.com/betterpenang/

Two Examples from this morning:

Reporting an illegal structure:

Bettere Penang - illegal structure

 

An illegal banner in a public space

Bettere Penang - banner complaint

In both cases, the public and the city know:

  • what it is
  • where it is
  • when it was reported, and
  • Who reported it

Now all local government needs is  to look at its maintenance and work schedule and slate the necessary remedial actions in the work plan in the coming days for action. (At which time the organizes can indicate that the job has been done, and thus taken off the active infractions listing.

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Eric Britton
9, rue Gabillot, 69003 Lyon France

Bio: Trained as a development economist, Eric Britton is a public entrepreneur specializing in the field of sustainability and social justice. Professor of Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (Paris), he is also MD of EcoPlan Association, an independent advisory network providing strategic counsel for government and business on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, social-technical change and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets, his latest work focuses on the subject of equity, economy and efficiency in city transport and public space, and helping governments to ask the right questions and in the process, find practical solutions to urgent climate, mobility, life quality and job creation issues. Currently working on an open collaborative project, “BETTER CHOICES: Bringing Sustainable Transportation to Smaller Asian Cities” . More at: http://wp.me/PsKUY-2p7 * This article is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 licence.

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