This is not a regular post but I have been a mySociety (the renowned UK non-profit org) fan for a long time and I thought it was important to share this information: Tom Steinberg has just published a “Call for Proposals” for 2009. The name itself does not do justice to the spirit of the organization which has always been operating outside the straitjacket of useless government or EU funded projects, but the call is a genuine attempt to gather innovative ideas and suggestions for the organization to work on.
More in line with their own spirit, mySociety published a loose but essential set of guidelines which the ideas have to follow (what they call “an insight into the mySciety mindset”). I particularly liked rule no4: “they will be ideas that have clear social, civic or democratic benefits that are really easy to explain to the least political person you know, even if the technology behind them is fiendishly complicated” (my bolds).
Considering the track record of the organization I would urge anyone to think hard and submit ideas to them. If there is anyone out there that can deliver, MySociety is surely one of them. I’ll be watching what type of new projects they may come up with and… possibly think of any of my own.