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What is an innovation district?

From www.okcinnovation.com

What is an innovation district? Understanding innovation districts and placemaking An emerging trend in urban areas, innovation districts are targeted areas that have potential for innovation and entre...

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The Engagement Pyramid: Six Levels of Connecting People and Social Change

From groundwire.org

Civic engagement can mean a lot of different things – from the casual forwarding of a friend’s email to deep involvement on a board of directors. The most effective social change organizations understand how to wield their portfolio of engagement tactics in Zen-like fashion; knowing just what kind of touch is called for to influence the outcomes of a particular decision.
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What is Participatory Budgeting? An Explainer

From medium.com

Participatory Budgeting — or PB — is democracy in action, though many of us (cough — including myself one month ago — cough) didn’t know how it works. PB gives us the opportunity to prioritize issues…
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Four Guiding Principles for Difficult Conversations

From facingtoday.facinghistory.org

Facing History's Tanya Huelett shares four guiding principles to help you navigate difficult conversations.
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14 Ways to Make Local Government More Accessible

From elgl.org

This guest reflection is by ELGL member and NRC Marketing Manager Angelica Wedell. “OPEN” is a four-letter-word, but one that local governments today need no longer avoid. Making the profession mor…
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5 Tips for Civic Dialogue in an Online World

From facingtoday.facinghistory.org

Five tips for young people and adults to practice positive civic dialogue in a digital landscape.
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So, You Want to Start an Email Newsletter? Five Reasons You Should

From mediashift.org

Newsletters are booming. It seems like just about every news organization has one -- or several -- and VCs are lining up to invest in businesses like The Skimm, Axios, and The Hustle. Email is not new. It was the first widespread mode of communication online.
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12 Empowering Ways to Engage in Civic Affairs

From www.shareable.net

It's evident that there's a growing desire among people, especially here in the U.S., to get involved in civic affairs. While online organizing can be an effective means of bringing about change, there's something powerful about showing up in person to talk with public officials and connect with others who are fighting for the same causes. We've pulled together a list of 12 ways to boost civic engagement.
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New guide to participatory budgeting processes

From www.theengineroom.org

Participatory budgeting first came about almost three decades ago, when the Worker’s Party of Porto Alegre made an interesting political move: to look to the citizens who elected them in order to help determine their spending priorities.

Today, participatory budgeting amplified and supported ...

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How NOT to create consensus - Dialogue Partners

From dialoguepartners.ca

And how to learn from the experience and try again. In the 2015 election campaign, the Liberal party of Canada led
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How to install a green roof on a private home

From www.curbed.com

Creating a green roof is like "putting together an intricate jigsaw." Here, a New York architect and green roof pro walks through the process of designing and installing a lush living rooftop.
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How to talk to your NIMBY neighbors about zoning

From www.curbed.com

These art projects could help explain to your neighbors that their decisions are blocking out people and projects that could make their streets more vibrant and their housing more affordable.
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Cities Discover the Power of Collective Intelligence

From www.govtech.com

A new study by William Eggers finds cities that tap the wisdom of the masses can maximize the impact of smart technology investments.
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A Playbook for How Cities Should Share and Protect Data

From www.citylab.com

A detailed guide from Harvard helps governments protect residents’ personal information in open-data initiatives.
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Providing Information and Options: Sequencing Discussions and Writing Discussion Materials

From www.publicagenda.org

Learn how to sequence discussions and write discussion materials in the latest entry in our series on better public participation and engagement.
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What's Wrong with Open-Data Sites--and How We Can Fix Them

From blogs.scientificamerican.com

Vast amounts of useful information can be found on government Web sites, but it's often impossible to make sense of it
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What It Means to Get Engaged: A Roadmap for Cities

From www.governing.com

New resources available for cities that aim to develop and kick-start a robust public engagement strategy.
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Parklets 5.0 at New Partners for Smart Growth

From thefield.asla.org

This February, in St. Louis, MO, the New Partners for Smart Growth (NPSG) conference hosted a unique set of spaces that have become a tradition of the conference. Parklets 5.0 was the fifth annual initiative to bring the urban green space movement indoors. Parklets are parking space-sized areas used for recreational, community gathering, or beautification…
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The world's smartest cities: What IoT and smart governments will mean for you - TechRepublic

From www.techrepublic.com

Intelligent cities are at the forefront of the next wave of the Internet of Things. The goals are to streamline communication and improve the lives of citizens. And save a little money along the way.
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