Building civic power, one block at a time

by ioby
February 22, 2017

What defines a civic action? What does meaningful civic engagement look like? How can communities build civic power? People often think of a civic action as something like voting in an election, taking to the streets for a protest, or writing a letter to an elected official. And we certainly don’t disagree! But at ioby, […]

Leaders Wanted

by ioby
February 13, 2017

Have you ever wondered why we use the term “ioby Leader” to describe the people running the projects you see on our website? If you have, you’re not alone—we get this question all the time! Here’s our thinking: Why not… creators? Leading an ioby project is a team effort. Individual initiative is key to making […]

Looking for a blueprint to launch your project?

by ioby
February 6, 2017

“Recipes for Change” is a new series of successful and replicable blueprints that can be applied to your ioby project. We’ve made them available to you online or in print-out form.   What are “recipes for change”? Change requires collaborative action, time and plentiful resources. So, we’ve reached out to leaders in community organizing, advocacy, planning and other […]

Q&A: Nashville’s Chief Data Officer on the parallels between crowdfunding and the Open Data movement

by ioby
January 30, 2017

Three-time ioby Leader Robyn Mace  raised  the money, buy-in, and manpower needed to convert a neglected lot adjacent to her family’s Memphis home into a flood-ready  rain garden, butterfly sanctuary, and community space. That grassroots work – with its ups and downs – has informed the groundbreaking work she does on open data, in her […]

Racial Healing and Resident-Led Change

by ioby
January 17, 2017

Today is the United States’ first-ever National Day of Racial Healing. It’s meaningfully situated between Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the inauguration of a new president whose election campaign fanned the flames of racial intolerance. It also gives all of us at ioby a good opportunity to reflect on the work we do and […]

AWESOME PROJECT: Juicing it up for Cleveland food justice

by ioby
January 11, 2017

Bianca Butts, an entrepreneur and resident of the Buckeye neighborhood of Cleveland, has long volunteered her time to a local nonprofit called HEAL: Healthy Eating, Active Living. HEAL is a community-led movement that works to make healthy eating and active living integral parts of the culture of Buckeye, Larchmere, and Woodland Hills. One of the […]