Technology evangelists and coaches could function as a mobile “genius bar,” going out to every neighborhood via exploration buses and provided technologically enabled training and support 24/7. This is an active campaign (or "mission") to achieve the highest technology aptitude in the world. Tech evangelists are volunteers and part-time workers. Their services are available on a sliding scale; free to many, and supported by a $99-a-year membership fee for those who can afford it.
This is part four of a continuing brainstorm on the future of cities, inaugurated at the Velocity conference in September 2009. We’ll post a new idea each day until we run out, at which point we’re counting on you to come up with something smart. Do you have a good idea for improving your city? Add it in the comments below, or tweet it to @GOOD with hashtag #cityideas—we’ll publish the best ones. Monday’s idea: In-field Accreditation.