ProPublica, an independent non-profit newsroom from New York, has done their part to answer that question by making an interactive chart of where campaign contributions are going.The 2012 election cycle is in full swing. You know what that means… Super PACs and political campaigns are spending in full force, but what are they spending so much money on? ProPublica, an independent non-profit newsroom from New York, has done their part to answer that question by making an interactive chart of where campaign contributions are going.

ProPublica created their chart by combining data from the New York Times Campaign Finance API and the Federal Elections Commission. ProPublica’s diagram has campaigns and Super PACs on the left, and payees (destinations for the money) on the right. Read More


With new ideas like crowdsourcing educational resources via the Curriki network, teaching kids how to code with Scratch Jr., and bridging the digital divide, techies all over the world are working hard to push education into the 21st century.Did you ever get an assignment back from a high school teacher with red ink all over it? Kind of sucks, right?

NoRedInk, a website created by high school English teacher Jeff Scheur, seeks to improve students’ grammar by providing specific, positive, and thoughtful feedback instead of giving students a page of red marks. NoRedInk provides personalized quizzes for students based on their specific needs. Read More


By: Chad Richards

AppMyCity! will reward new mobile applications that improve the urban experience by connecting people, addressing issues, or working towards sustainability.In today’s digital age, mobile apps are an amazing source of innovation and ingenuity.

Here at Reset, we have been a long-time supporter of various Gov 2.0 apps for improving urban life, such as smartphone apps that prevent getting your car towed to Google apps that help cities make the move from Gov 1.0 to Gov 2.0. Read More


77% of respondents to the Small Business California survey stated that they were unaware of the small business tax credit in the Obama Healthcare bill.By: Scott Hauge, President of Small Business California

Small Business California has just completed its eighth annual survey of California small businesses. There were 1,067 responses collected with at least one response from every county in the state. The results showed that small businesses overall were pessimistic about the future, but less so than in the past two years.  Read More


By: Evan Wynns, Founder and Executive Director of San Francisco Energy Cooperative

The San Francisco Energy Cooperative is a community-owned effort to make the benefits of solar available to all San Franciscans. By pooling contributions from a whole community, the co-op provides solar for buildings in our neighborhoods and pays dividends back to members over time. Through our innovative model, any Californian can help the earth, earn something back and support the transition to a world powered by decentralized, sustainable energy from the grassroots. Read More


 

 

On February 28, Phil Ting moderated a discussion panel with the Bay Area tech community on the need for increasing diversity in tech fields, closing the digital divide and empowering future generations with the skills to participate in the 21st century digital economy. Read More


The Harvard Kennedy School's Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation is putting up a $100,000 grant prize for the program or idea that can best “demonstrate creative and effective government at its best.”Far too often, governments on all levels are seen as slow, out of date and adhering far too strictly to the status quo.

At Reset, we’re always looking for the freshest and most innovative ideas on how to improve government accountability, efficiency and responsibility. Thankfully, we’re not the only ones. Read More


By: Kim Jones, CEO, Curriki

Curriki is a local non-profit that is focused on breaking down the barriers of the Education Divide — the division of inequality that prevents children worldwide from access to quality education.As a San Francisco resident, I was thrilled to see the recent Reset San Francisco blog featuring Curriki, a social network for educators for crowdsourcing curricula. We’re a local non-profit that is focused on breaking down the barriers of the Education Divide — the division of inequality that prevents children worldwide from access to quality education. Read More


 

 

San Francisco ranks top U.S. City with the Best Urban Policies.

ZipCar commissioned a study that breaks down the different factors that make a city awesome – innovation, sustainability, vibrancy, efficiency and eminent livability – and San Francisco comes out on top thanks to a large amount of wireless hotspots, parks, arts-related businesses and jobs, high percentage of hybrid cars and widespread use of Muni and BART. Read More


Scratch Jr. is an extension of Scratch, a free computer program that teaches preschoolers the basics of programming to create interactive stories and games.By: Charlotte Baughen

A new MIT initiative launching this summer, Scratch Jr., is raising questions of how young is too young when talking about computer programming. Scratch Jr. is an extension of Scratch, a free computer program that teaches preschoolers the basics of programming to create interactive stories and games. Read More


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