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History was made yesterday in King's Block - a Fair Haven house on the corner of Grand Ave and Front St (Thank you Carol Cheney)

Creation of New Haven Mayor's Task Force on Social Web as announced yesterday in Fair Haven

Our neighbor from Fair Haven Sean Matteson - The City Mayor's Chief of Staff was representing Mayor John DeStefano and came with a historical announcement of creation a Mayor's Task Force On Social Web.

A Founding Meeting for Mayor's Social Web Task Force will be held at City Hall next week - Join us 9:30 am Tuesday 07.20.2010 @ New Haven City Hall (directions).

As city government works, most action items get done through the Mayor's Chief of Staff and his deputies.

When the Social Web Week organizers first approached City Hall, it was Sean himself who insisted that collaborations between our social web and the Mayor's office be, beyond symbolic, substantive and outcome-oriented.

This is an unprecedented opportunity. In what other city, where else is this happening? It's in our hands what to make of it.

Points to prep and ponder between now and Tuesday:

  • People, Sectors, Stakeholders As with our social web, the task force is all about people. What New Haven sectors/stakeholders should be represented? For each, who do we know is a good connector and facilitator, and above all has a no nonsense get-it-done ethic we can count on?
  • Outcomes The task force needs to be a get-it-done body. What common vision initiatives can we focus on that are important to all of us in New Haven? What kind of outcomes can we attach to those initiatives?
  • Timelines We got GoogleHaven done in 14 days, Social Web Week CT in 40 days, this tipping point in 100 days. Whatever outcomes we set sight on, we're counting days - questions is how many?


Vision is not written in a vacuum, but rather as a reflection of the what is and has been as they point to what can be. Is this an accurate mirror of where we've been in the last 100 days, and the farthest reaches we can still go?

We have a vision of New Haven as a shining city of the social web: a place unlike any where community and technology make connections, conversations, and collaborations across our diversity of people, sectors and stakeholders happen as a matter of everyday life; where common ground can thus be forged and won, and mighty things dared and done - not in years, but in days.

Video: Here's Mayor John DeStefano and EDC CEO Anne Haynes on that vision...

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