Code for Asheville Sponsors Police Data Petition & Request to City Council

Events overtook the planned agenda for our March 8 Community Night and we turned our attention to the horrendous video that was leaked to the Citizen-Times showing the beating of a black resident by a white police officer following a stop allegedly for jaywalking and trespassing. The aftermath of the leak has consumed our community ever since.[…]

Learning About Ourselves by Working on the Website

If you are a Code for Asheville member, you probably don’t spend much time hanging out on our website. The site is primarily used by people who don’t know us, from the generally curious to potential members or partners. At our February 8th Community Night we spent some time exploring how well our current site[…]

Open NC Collaborative: Brigades Working Together

North Carolina is lucky not only to have more brigades per capita than any other state, but also to have a network of strong personal relationships that connect them. On top of that, the proximity of Triangle-area brigades to one another helped foster early inter-brigade collaboration, a tradition strengthened recently by Greensboro and Asheville in their[…]

StoryTell Asheville – Latest Update

We first outlined the idea behind our new stories collection platform in our September 26 newsletter. Since then Jesse Michel has built a minimal version of the project that we can try out for our first couple projects. The project, which we are tentatively calling StoryTell Asheville, is an experimental one, and we are still exploring how we[…]

Writing our principles and values, together…

Jennifer Pahlka, Founder and Executive Director of Code for America, has asked Code for Asheville members for help. During the Brigade Conference, there was a discussion about Code for America’s principles and values (for details, see Jennifer Pahlka’s post). Following up, and giving all Code for America members the opportunity to express their opinions, she would[…]

Back from the Brigade Congress

Two members of Code for Asheville attended the Code for America Brigade Congress in Philadelphia last week and had this to say: “For me, there were two important takeaways from the Brigade Congress. I was pleased to see so much interest in criminal justice (2 separate breakout sessions), but a little disappointed to see that most of the[…]

Representing Asheville at CityCampNC

CityCampNC is a three-day event that brings together brigades, government workers and community members for presentations, conversation and hands-on problem-solving. The goal is to promote the power of open collaboration to improve how our governments and communities work. This was my third straight year attending CityCampNC. I’ve enjoyed and benefitted from each of the previous years,[…]