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Should we close our worlds? Or open them out?

From www.opendemocracy.net

Cities need an overarching, positive narrative that binds all people to where they live, and where day to day behaviour and activities connect well with civic life. Interview. 
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What Every City Needs to Know About 'Night Mayors'

From www.citylab.com

New York is the first major American city to create an official body to oversee nightlife. Here’s what it can learn from the European cities that have tried it so far.
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NCDD Community News » Benefits and Challenges of Digitizing Deliberative Democracy

From ncdd.org

The smartphones in our pockets can seemingly accomplish anything—even things you didn’t know you needed (like downloading virtual bubble wrap). While various apps and our social media feeds may threaten our productivity and full night’s sleep, they also connect us to people, organizations, and information at our fingertips. However, there’s one key area that hasn’t quite reached its full digital potential: democracy.
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Block capital: How blockchain could change planning

From www.theplanner.co.uk

Devised for the digital currency Bitcoin, Blockchain Technology has created the backbone of a new type of internet and its potential to publicly record everything of value holds opportunities for the planning community.
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7 Years of Civic Tech in the Triangle – Jason Hibbets

From medium.com

The civic tech and open government scene in the Triangle is alive and vibrant. The intersection of citizens, elected officials, and civil servants collaborating on solutions to solve community…
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Citizens lobbying: the rise of DIY politics

From parisinnovationreview.com

At a time when our political future is uncertain, the only way to guarantee change is to do it yourself.
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Designing useful civic tech research at scale: why methods matter

From methodicalsnark.org

The Hewlett Foundation has asked for help in crowdsourcing research design for citizen reporting on public services. This is great; it’s a fantastic way to design useful research, and shows that Hewlett is maintaining the strong commitment to evidence and rigorous question asking that is so important to this field. The post has already generated…
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Behind Australia’s First Code for Smart Communities

From sourceable.net

Australia's long-awaited push toward smart communities is set to get a boost thanks to a new code currently being drawn up.
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A Framework for Local Action on Climate Change

From www.americanprogress.org

As economic disparities and climate change risks rise, mayors must develop solutions that build resilient communities, create new economic opportunities, and support racial justice.
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Collective Intelligence: the Antidote to Post Truth

From www.oecd-forum.org

#CollectiveIntelligence is the antidote to the #PostTruth era characterised by political manipulation & populism , media misinformation & manipulation, an absence of ethical & moral fibre that made for "good character" all of which have led us inexorably it seems to colletive stupidity. Time to turn the corner.
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The Participation Revolution | Open Government Partnership

From www.opengovpartnership.org

The falling levels of public trust in public institutions we see all over the world should be a wake-up call for those of us who support open government. But to rebuild trust we need to rebuild governance from the ground up, and put citizens (back) at the heart of institutions.
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Three Exemplary Design Projects for Civic Health

From citiesspeak.org

These green urban design projects are meant to improve civic health — a key component of great public spaces.
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Disaster Recovery’s Essential Tool: Data

From www.governing.com

In the aftermath of catastrophes like Harvey and Irma, reliable, transparent information can guide a democratic and inclusive rebuilding effort.
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Seattle Looks to Tech to Make Life Better for Aging Citizens

From www.govtech.com

City officials will work with the Age-Friendly Seattle Initiative to create a hackathon with a specific focus for technologists to address.
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Bridging the Data Divide One Resource at a Time

From civichall.org

How’s this for a napkin equation? For every ten articles pronouncing data “the new oil,” we have one example of data science being used for the public good. Among those expanding community organizations’ ability to do that work are, of course, well-known groups like DataKind and the Sunlight Foundation. One you might be less familiar …
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Building Community Power: Democracy at the Local Level

From ncg.org

At a time when many are looking for bright spots when it comes to democracy, this session will introduce funders to new efforts in California to reimagine democracy at the local level. These new tools for community power and democracy are broadening political participation for traditionally disenfranchised groups, expanding civic engagement beyond elections, and creating new platforms for making government more responsive, accountable, and equitable.Organizations like the Participatory Budgeting Project, the Advancement Project, and Healthy Democracy are confronting chaos at the national scale head-on. They’re creating sessions to reframe how local communities can positively impact our democracy beyond elections; increasing community voice and accountability; increasing transparency and accessibility in the California initiative system; and advancing an equity agenda.
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How to Improve Charrettes

From www.planetizen.com

In participatory planning, there is no planning without several events known as charrettes, which you probably already knew. Less likely to be common knowledge, however, is how charrettes can live up to their promise in the planning process. In participatory planning, there is no planning without several events known as charrettes, which you probably already knew. What's not clear, however, is how charrettes can live up to their promise in the planning process.
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Who’s at the popular table? Our analysis found which open data the public likes.

From sunlightfoundation.com

We compared open data from 141 cities and states to figure out what information sets residents want most. Here’s what we found.
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Bus Stops and the Future of Digital Placemaking

From meetingoftheminds.org

As two officials of a distressed public agency facing down the consequences of a long history of underinvestment, we are acutely sensitive to the need to get things done on a budget. We are also technologists, which brings us to the idea and potential of digital placemaking for mobility infrastructure: the repurposing of web, mobile and other software and hardware tools to bring new value to the places around the physical nodes and artifacts of the transit system. Digital tools are often limited to a public engagement role in placemaking. We believe that they can play an important role in transit agency efforts to make its physical infrastructure work better for people.
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The Future of Civic Engagement

From citiesspeak.org

How did a small community of less than ten thousand residents begin to increase public engagement in a way that is helpful to both local officials and constituents? This is a guest post by Nick Mastronardi and Alex Pedersen. There is incredible wisdom and powerful data when civic engagement is done right. But when it’s…
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Bus stops and the future of digital placemaking - CommonWealth Magazine

From commonwealthmagazine.org

Modernizing Mobility Modernizing Mobility The Future of Mobility Transportation tech isn’t easy By Joseph BarrSee all » Modernizing Mobility Modernizing Mobility The Future of Mobility One payment system is needed for all transportation By Boris KarschSee all » Modernizing Mobility Modernizing Mobility The Future of Mobility The world isn’t as flat as we thought By(...)
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How to Make San Francisco Friendly to Families

From www.spur.org

San Francisco has the lowest percentage of households with children among the 12 largest American cities. Why are families leaving and what can the city do to keep them?
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