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Tap the power of community with organized chaos: How to run a 90-minute unconference exercise

From opensource.com

Unconferences are sites of intense collaboration, creativity, and innovation. Here's how you can run your next internal project like one.
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Can a Card Game Make a More Equitable Community?

From www.citylab.com

Each card in "Imaginable Guidelines" is illustrated by a local artist and represents one aspect of urban design, ranging from street vendors to sidewalk dimensions, in order to give players a shared vocabulary and base of knowledge with which to talk about their city.
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9 Ways to Build Better Cities Through Public Places: Part 1

From medium.com

Improvements in infrastructure and programming in public spaces are easy to see: upgraded playgrounds, renovated libraries, and food, music and activities that draw diverse people into a space. Civic…
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Town in Iceland Paints 3D Zebra Crosswalk To Slow Down Speeding Cars

From www.boredpanda.com

In the small fishing town of Ísafjörður, Iceland, an exciting development in road safety has just popped up - almost literally. A new pedestrian crossing has been painted that appears to be 3D by way of a cleverly-detailed optical illusion.
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User-centred policy design — this is how we do it

From apolitical.co

This piece was written by Alice Carter, a product manager at the UK’s Ministry of Justice. For more like this, see our government innovation newsfeed. At the end of last year, the UK Ministry of Justice’s User-Centred Policy Design unit (UCPD) were nominated for Apolitical’s Public Service Team of the Year. UCPD is about involving the user at every point of the policymaking cycle

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The Digital Divide is Not Binary: The Five A's of Technology Access

From www.ictworks.org

Five‐stages of potential digital divide barriers to inclusive technology access and usage in humanitarian relief and international development programs
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Walk this way: the path to cleaner, healthier cities

From www.rics.org

Walking makes people fitter, cities cleaner and businesses stronger – yet we're walking less. Planners and developers can play a big part in designing healthier streets.
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Entering Civic Tech: A Student’s Guide

From blog.codingitforward.com

As word of social impact technologies continues to grow, more and more students are becoming interested in the space between tech and the public sector. This space, commonly known as “civic tech,” encompasses government, nonprofits, universities, and more. As I’ve increased my own engagement with this industry, I’ve been getting questions from my peers on how they can possibly get involved too.
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The Adaptation Guidebook: Building Resilient Communities 

From www.atkinsglobal.com

Being able to adapt to a changing coastline is vital for a state’s future sustainability and prosperity for the next century. With our help, Florida’s future is looking brighter and more resilient.
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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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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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The Thick and Thin of Community Engagement

From www.tamarackcommunity.ca

The breadth and scope of possible engagement resources outlined by Public Agenda underscored the importance of clarifying the intent, scope, timeline and available resourcing to support a public engagement effort.
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School holidays. To engage or not? When it's appropriate and why it's usually not.

From articulous.com.au

As a general rule the school holidays are best avoided when planning community engagement activities because people are generally harder to reach and disengaged from reality during holiday periods.…
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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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Newsroom to YouTube: Five Tips for Scalable Community Engagement

From icma.org

Facebook live, citizen surveys, virtual meetings, oh my! From the newsroom to YouTube, jurisdictions face a maze of social media when they want to engage with the community. The Institute for Local Government explains that cities and counties are trying to connect with residents through nontraditional methods in order to reach community members where they are.
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Beware of this four letter word when analysing community responses

From articulous.com.au

You may have heard that online surveys are dead. Even though you’re constantly being bombarded with emails and website pop ups requesting your valuable input in the form of an online survey. How ma…
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Inclusive design, accessible design, universal design: What's what?

From www.fastcompany.com

In the new book Mismatch, designer Kat Holmes demystifies the buzzy design process embraced by companies

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Bringing Political Organizing Tactics to Civic Tech 

From medium.com

President Obama and his presidential campaign made history in 2008 by employing community organizing tactics to engage large numbers of voters, building complex organizing structures which helped…
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Key Design Guide to Finally Include Protected Bike Lanes –

From usa.streetsblog.org

Protected bike lanes. Protected intersections. They’re all included in the draft version of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ new engineering manua…
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Food in community engagement: if food be the tool of the Gods, then engage on!

From medium.com

If food be the tool of the Gods, then engage on! Ok ok so the title of the blog is a bastardised Shakespearean quote and in its literal sense totally lost but hey artistic licence ok! What I’m trying…
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Top Tips for Inclusive Community Engagement

From www.orton.org

There is no such thing as the “general public”.
Know who your community is (demographics, stakeholders, networks) and how they get their information

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Navigating the field of civic tech

From medium.com

Technology, when combined with the human spirit, has the ability to revolutionize entire industries and the world as a whole — indeed, it already has countless times over. When it comes to…
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Urban farming has arrived: here's four ways to make a success of it

From apolitical.co

For the country dwellers of the past, moving from whichever rural hamlet they lived in to the big city was a way to escape a life on the farm. But nowadays, if you move to the city, you might end up on the farm regardless. On the rooftops of tower blocks, floating on waterways or even underground in former air raid shelters, urbanites ar
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