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The ‘Gateway Drug to Democracy’ –

From thelivinglib.org

The fastest way to reveal a nation’s priorities is to take a look at its budget. Where money is allocated, improvements and expansions are made; where costs are cut, institutions and policies wither. 

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Celebrating Our Time Together at #NCDD2018!

From ncdd.org

Wow! We can barely believe it’s been a week since we all parted ways at #NCDD2018! The 8th National Conference on Dialogue and Deliberation convened hundreds of innovators and practitioners in dialogue, deliberation, civic engagement, and more. It was an incredible time to come together, see old friends and make new ones, learn from each other, and find ways in which we can conspire moving forward.
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Why we need to invest in transformative placemaking

From www.brookings.edu

In an era marked by stark inequalities, there is an urgency, and opportunity, for local and regional leaders to advance place-led development that produces better economic outcomes for more people in more places.
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Where Residents, Politics, and Government Meet - two case studies from Philadelphia

From www.newamerica.org

How can cities improve local government and civic engagement at the same time? Two case studies in Philadelphia may have answers.
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Our Future Depends On Building Smart, Sustainable Cities

From www.huffingtonpost.ca

Through many months, probably even years, our office kitchen lived in a state of abject squalor. In the fridge, cartons of milk congealed into blue cottage cheese. Humous grew a layer of thick, ric
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Managing the Transition to Shared Automated Vehicles: Building Today While Designing for Tomorrow

From meetingoftheminds.org

To plan for the transition to automated vehicles, cities and county governments should develop building and zoning codes that not only accommodate adaptable parking but encourage it by design. This can include amending building codes to require infrastructure that makes transforming garages into inhabitable buildings possible. As automated vehicles begin to enter the marketplace, cities should consider incentives and other programs to begin the conversion of ground level parking to commercial uses.
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Welcome to the neighbourhood. Have you read the terms of service?

From www.cbc.ca

Toronto is becoming a test bed for new smart-city technology, but some observers are concerned about the privacy of the data the city would be collecting.
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Chicago DOT Develops Parklet Prototype to Encourage Hanging Out

From nextcity.org

"We thought hard about how could make the most flexible and unique design that everyone could build.”
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If smart cities center around data collection, why is water left out?

From www.smartcitiesdive.com

Despite many cities experiencing droughts, data on water availability, storage and use is surprisingly sparse — even in tech-forward states like California. 
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World Town Planning Day - Nov 8

From www.planning.org

World Town Planning Day, celebrated on four continents each November, is a special day to recognize and promote the role of planning in creating livable communities.
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First Lobbyists, Eventually Voters: How A Legislation-Tracking Platform Could Boost Civic Engagement

From hypepotamus.com

When Civic Eagle, a platform that allows users to track specific legislation, didn't see engagement as a B2C company, they pivoted to a B2B model.
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Harnessing the Power of Narrative and Storytelling for Social Impact

From blog.codingitforward.com

“What’s your superpower?” asked my mentor Seamus Kraft, the Executive Director of The OpenGov Foundation, on our very first phone call. I paused for ten seconds and hesitated to answer the question…
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What’s New in Civic Tech: Civic Technologists Work to Educate, Mobilize Voters

From www.govtech.com

Plus, CityLab hosts largest-ever gathering of local gov CIOs; Brooklyn, N.Y., welcomes new hub for VR and AR tech; and Louisville, Ky., publishes new Bird Scooter data.
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Youth, Vote! Step Up with Easy Digital Tools That Inform

From shapingyouth.org

November 3, 2018 Instead of reliving the rage that put me in a Looney Tunes cartoon depiction of steam coming out of my ears reading the misguided missives of PoliSci majors who have never cast a vote, or disaffected youth choosing to step off vs step up for the 2018 Midterms, I’m going to ditch rhetoric …
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Love Your Block Blueprint

From citiesofservice.org

Love your Block is a high-impact service strategy that connects city leaders with community residents to help revitalize their neighborhoods one block at a time. Typically, city officials provide small grants that support volunteer-fueled solutions developed by the community. Whether turning vacant lots into community gardens, removing graffiti, or helping elderly neighbors with simple home repairs that allow them to keep their homes, citizen volunteers are making their neighborhoods — and their cities — better places to live.
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Making the Spaces of Cities Smarter: Why cities should embrace the digital public realm

From medium.com

Smart cities have long been discussed as conceptual ideas for how cities should be and what they could do. Rarely is the concept broken down into something that provides substantive meaning to the average city-dweller. Indeed ‘smartness’ for many, is far removed from their everyday life, rather just a hidden network of sensors and connectors.
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We Are All Catalysts: Part One – How We Can Amplify and Broaden Dialogue and Deliberation Work

From ncdd.org

The upcoming 2018 NCDD conference in Denver seeks to “catalyze the catalysts” by asking how we can work together to broaden the use and amplify the impacts of dialogue and deliberation efforts locally and globally.

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Five reasons to get excited about Toronto’s new Civic Innovation Office

From medium.com

In Canada’s largest city, a new Civic Innovation Office is doing procurement differently. They’re inviting entrepreneurs, innovators and other from outside of City Hall to participate in the process.
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Historical Preservation: What's worth saving?

From www.cityartsmagazine.com

In a city changing under our feet, holding onto the past can be an existential endeavor. But what gets preserved? Historical buildings associated with minorities are less likely to get landmarked—so some are working to set the record straight. [...]Rea
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Who is winning the World Series Placemaking Battle?

From medium.com

While the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox fight on the field the latest version of a long hallowed city rivalry that includes names like Ruth, Magic, Bird, Pierce, Bryant and many more, we…
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Cities Are Making the Rules on Driverless Vehicles

From www.citylab.com

While federal and state governments take a back seat, cities are driving the regulation of autonomous vehicles.
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Slow Process, Fast Action: Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper, Kinder

From www.pps.org

“We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say, ‘It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.’ Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.” —Fred Rogers
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How to innovate in Smart Cities with AI

From meetingoftheminds.org

I envision a blended “future of work” that includes automation and augmentation — with the latter in the form of “decision support” tools that speed up and improve human performance, rather than compete with it. Computers are good at computing, surfacing potential decisions – and humans are good at context, or understanding the situational environment. When these two attributes are combined, it results in good judgement.
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