During the existential crisis that was 2020 @NicoleConlan made a video explaining Gritty, the mascot of the Philadelphia Flyers, to an uncomprehending French populace who were seeing him in the American news in his role as anti-fascist icon. Herein is Nicole’s explanation translated into Lang Belta. Lang Belta is a creole conlang created by Nick Farmer for the TV Show “The Expanse”, based on the novels by James S.A. Corey.
Textizen is an open-source platform for collecting citizen feedback via text message. Holding in-person meetings can be expensive, time-consuming, and often results in non-representative feedback. Working with the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, my team at Code for America decided to build a better way to connect citizens to their city. Now, all residents and community members need is a few spare moments and a cell phone that supports text messages (~92% of Philadelphia households). In a city where 43 percent of residents don’t have internet access at home, we see text messaging and other mobile technologies as critical doorways to digital citizen participation. Do you see a use for Textizen in your community? Get it in touch with us on Twitter, or at Textizen.com. Developers can join us on GitHub, where we’ll continue to develop the Textizen code. Textizen in one animated minute [more inside]