A notional token passed around among the members of a project. Possession of the patch pumpkin means one has the exclusive authority to make changes on the project’s master source tree. The implicit assumption is that pumpkin holder status is temporary and rotates periodically among senior project members. This term . . . Read more
Citizen Deliberative Councils (CDCs) are temporary, face-to-face councils of a dozen or more citizens whose diversity reflects the diversity of their community, state or country. Usually council members are selected at random, often with additional criteria to ensure gender, racial, socioeconomic and other diversity. These diverse ordinary citizens convene for . . . Read more
Civic hacking is the growing phenomenon of citizens contributing technology skills toward tangible benefits in their communities. A Brigade Meetup is a local collaboration that organizes citizens to engage through the development and use of civic technologies.