The City of Manor, Texas
With a population of just 5800, the City of Manor, Texas, is punching above its weight in terms of govt. 2.0. From just Googling the place, it’s obvious that whoever is in charge is quite forward thinking. As well as an extensive array of social media profiles, the City has a couple of unique things happening.
Firstly, there is Manorlabs, ‘An open innovation platform designed to help us solve problems that plague our local government agency’ done in partnership with Stanford University. Only recently launched, ideas seem to come from citizens as well as agency workers. This is great; aside from the community empowerment angle, such a platform can be used to empower frontline workers – who often struggle to get their ideas and experiences through the hierarchy of local government.
The second very interesting thing the City of Manor is doing is the Manor Smart Tour. The administration has put Smartcodes (also called QR-codes – they look a bit like barcodes) over the city. These codes can be read by most mobile phones (through the camera) which decode the patterns into useful information. Not really sure how people use this stuff, but it’s very interesting.