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What Do the World’s Most Engaged Cities Have in Common?

From medium.com

When the Cities of Service team first set out to create the Engaged Cities Award, we wanted to unearth and lift up the powerful work that cities around the world are doing to solve critical public…
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From free bikes to steering wheel spikes: how to boost urban cycling

From www.theguardian.com

Car-free days, filtered permeability and lower speed limits are just some of the ways that cities around the world are trying to encourage cycling
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Why Detroiters Didn't Trust City Tree-Planting Efforts

From www.citylab.com

A new study finds that Detroit residents who rejected "free trees" knew the benefits of the urban tree canopy, but distrusted the city's motives and process.
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Finding common ground by defining our differences: a useful map of public engagement discourses

From www.publicengagement.ac.uk

Neil Stoker, Visiting Researcher at St. George’s University of London, found the landmark review of engagement studies by Jude Fransman in the latest issue of Research for All enlightening…
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How Cities Can Harness the Good – and Avoid the Bad – of the New Mobility Movement

From thecityfix.com

In late September, London made headlines when it stripped popular ride-hailing app Uber of its license to operate in the city. The wall-to-wall coverage that followed the decision was a sign, if any more were needed, that we are on the cusp of an...

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Small (City) Pieces, Loosely Joined by abhi nemani

From medium.com

Just as important as any technology is the infrastructure in place to sustain it: human, financial, and technical. When approaching this question — “what do we do?” —we need to have clarity on the systems and structures a city needs to have in place (in-house or not) for sustainable, meaningful innovation. Fortunately, over the past few years, we have seen a number of models emerge for governments keen on leveraging modern technology and modern approaches.
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Building Technology With, Not For Communities: An Engagement Guide for Civic Tech 

From medium.com

We need to invest more in the “civic” in civic tech — prioritizing community leadership in the creation of tech above the tools themselves.

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Tips for Creating User Personas

From sunlightfoundation.com

In order for open data to be integrated within a culture of civic engagement, open data programs need to meet residents where they are. This can be achieved by using human-centered design techniques like developing user personas. In addition to collecting all the user personas we could find in use in the public sector, we came up with some useful tips for those looking to create user personas.

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Civic technologists: Apply to speak at the 2019 Code for America Summit

From technical.ly

From civic innovation to digital service delivery, you can make your case at the organization's annual summit. The event is happening May 29 to 31 in Oakland.
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The City within a Garden

From nextcity.org

How Some Cities Are Restoring Nature and Tapping the Power of Ecosystems to Enhance and Protect Urban Life.

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How the shutdown affects open data

From fcw.com

Developers rely on government data to build public-facing apps and services, and a lapse in appropriations can make things complicated.
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Singapore made innovation go viral in its public service

From apolitical.co

Singapore is one of the most innovative governments in the world. Here's how it's teaching its entire civil service innovation tools.
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What Tech Will Look Like in 2039

From www.pcmag.com

We asked futurists, tech execs, academics, researchers, and a sci-fi writer to imagine our tech-driven society in 20 years. Take a peek into the future.
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What can virtual reality do for you?

From www.rics.org

Virtual reality in real estate is no longer just an idea – here is what it can look like in practice, says Andrew Pryke of BAM Design.
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The Scientist as Civic Partner – Infogagement

From medium.com

At a conference I attended a couple of years ago, a professor presented the results of a survey on what motivates scientists to engage with the public. The top reason scientists gave was to defend…
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Protect Democracy and the Harry Potter Alliance Partner to Launch "Wizards " Toolkit

From protectdemocracy.org

Today, Protect Democracy and the Harry Potter Alliance released a new toolkit for students, educators, and Harry Potter fans to take action to protect democratic values through the words and ideas of Harry Potter, titled “Wizards Protect Democracy.” The toolkit they’ve produced identifies six key areas that have historically signaled the decline of democracy, according to experts. It then provides examples of each area within both Harry Potter and America today.
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What’s New in Civic Tech: Connecticut’s First State Data Plan

From www.govtech.com

Plus, New York City codifies its office of data analytics, U.S. Congress votes to approve the OPEN Government Data Act, Buffalo, N.Y., wins an award from the New York secretary of state for its local data work, and more.
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The Year We Wised Up About 'Smart Cities' - When Tech Companies Promise 'Smart Cities,' Be Afraid

From www.citylab.com

Technology companies aren't really built to fix society. So maybe think twice about letting them rebuild urban spaces.
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Top posts of 2018: Most efforts to control traffic don’t work. Here are four things that do. 

From ggwash.org

Whether it’s an apartment building, shopping center, or a mixed-use project, ostensibly well-intentioned residents regularly cite worsening traffic as the reason to stop new development. However, the most common methods communities push for to alleviate congestion make it worse, while the things that actually help usually face strong pushback.
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Here's what we need for civic tech to flourish in government

From apolitical.co

More open data, better digital services and a govtech marketplace are key to the future of digital government in the US and abroad.
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Improving government digital services: 7 takeaways from 2018

From medium.com

The past year has brought increased clarity around the steps government needs to take in order to deliver better services to the public. Open standards, security, accessibility, and human-centered…
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