• Mar. 29 2017
  • Janice Scheckter

Wake up South Africa! Social cohesion just like job creation, will not come from government

While channel hopping a couple of days ago, I caught a British diplomat referring to South Africa as the miracle nation. At the time the comment aggravated me to such an extent that I flipped right past and failed to get her name. But Mrs British Politician, on which damn planet are you living? The only miracle here is that a corrupt and damaging government has not been overthrown by angry citizens.

 

  • Mar. 6 2017
  • Janice Scheckter

How many pedestrians must die, before our city collaborates?

Each year, more than 270 000 pedestrians lose their lives on the world’s roads. The government reports that in the Western Cape pedestrian deaths increase by 22% over the festive season.

Why Open Data is so important to the collaborative process

If we are clear that data allows decision makers to make evidence-based decisions, we immediately understand the importance of open data to the collaborative process. Data not only has the power to revolutionise and disrupt the way societies are governed but also the way citizens and government collaborate. 

  • May. 19 2016
  • Janice Scheckter

Fixing stuff in cities may just take collaboration and some soup

Those who have attended any of my talks or been subjected to my overly enthusiastic ranting on collaboration, know my passion for the topic of cities. I fervently believe that citizens can fix broken cities and citizen collaboration can create magic in any city.

  • Feb. 11 2016
  • Janice Scheckter

What is the story we will tell?

When our grandchildren ask about what life was like, what will we tell them? Will we tell them that we were among the generations that learnt real lessons from the past, that we despised the vast disparities between people, that globally there was enough for all, that this was shared and that we embraced the collaborative era? That we shared ideas and solutions to major and minor challenges with communities that shared purpose?

  • Jan. 27 2016
  • Janice Scheckter

My bizarre envy of Newark, New Jersey A city collaboration that became the model of transformation

I am envious of Newark and I’ve never been there. I don’t want to live there either, but I wish I could bottle some of the collaborative magic that has transformed this city and bring it back to Joburg, my city that I love and hate - all at the same time.

  • Sep. 24 2015
  • Janice Scheckter

Collaborative cities can be great cities

The concept of Connected Citizens is not new. It’s gone through multiple iterations over the years as to what it means. 

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