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A crowdsourced guide to successful community engagement

From medium.com

Some months ago I was asked by Matt from @commsgodigital to write a blog post about the basics of community engagement with top tips on making it successful. Easy I thought, with almost 13 years’…
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How to Influence Local Government (When the Ball Is Passed, Be Ready to Shoot)

From elgl.org

We asked “what are specific actions for increasing your influence on the local level?” ELGL has responded swiftly and specifically.  Podcast: Reason for Running We talk running for City…
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Great idea: Multidisciplinary design charrette

From www.cnu.org

A time-compressed design process that gathers all of the stakeholders and practitioners together has great potential for creating more holistic communities, experts say.
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Data-Driven Emergency Response: Learning from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

From www.govtech.com

Leaders from Houston and Miami weigh in on the power of data in emergency management—and the need to do more.
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A 21st-Century Town Hall?

From www.newamerica.org

This case study introduces students to the field of civic technology and the possibility that it could help to amplify citizen engagement.
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29 Ideas to Activate Empty Spaces in Your Community - urbanSCALE.com

From urbanscale.com

Do you have empty spaces in your community? Do you have forgotten buildings and corridors in your city? Does your downtown have areas that are sorely underutilized, like alleys or similar spaces? Are there any former industrial areas in your community that are currently sitting vacant? Are there any other parts of your community that …
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Transform Your City With Tactical Urbanism

From vimeo.com

If you're a public space aficionado or transportation maven, one only needs to sign on to one of the various social media feeds to see the daily movement that…
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How can the Open Data Charter help cities? - International Open Data Charter

From opendatacharter.net

By Jean-Noé Landry and Merlin Chatwin As more and more cities take steps to adopt open data programs we have …
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How to do Real Public Engagement

From www.strongtowns.org

Yes, it's possible to have a community meeting where resident voices are heard, while experts and professionals get their say as well. Here are several tips for how to do that.

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Top Five Reasons Public Space is Important

From culturedays.ca

During my undergrad, one course that really struck me was, “Urban Transformations, Affective Cartography”. We studied how urban landscapes are more than just spatial. We looked at how public space, specifically, urban space, affect our physical, psychological, and emo...

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Participating in Participatory Budgeting by Center for civic design

From civicdesign.org

Learning about designing for the engaged citizens who vote in participatory budgeting
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How to make lasting change happen in places - 4 challenges for those committed to empowering communities

From youngfoundation.org

Our Director of Places and Communities, Nat Defriend sets out four key challenges for everyone who is committed to challenging inequality and empowering communities. The challenges are framed through the lens of our founder, Michael Young’s central concept of how change happens in places, and the three key roles we have identified in the construction... → Read More
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Five Ways to Promote Civic Health Through Community Design

From citiesspeak.org

Groundbreaking research shows how the design and maintenance of public spaces can directly impact our civic health. This is a guest post by Suzanne Nienaber. Last week, the Center for Active Design (CfAD) published original research from the Assembly Civic Engagement Survey (ACES), a groundbreaking study to examine specific community design features that influence civic…
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What is Civic Engagement Anyway? A Primer from PACE

From www.grantcraft.org

GrantCraft is a service of the Foundation Center that improves the practice of philanthropy by providing resources rooted in the practical wisdom of funders worldwide.
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Seven Keys to Stronger Community

From www.placemakers.com

In sustainability’s triple bottom line of profits, planet and people, it’s people that tend to get the shaft. There’s an entire industry surrounding environmental advocacy and we can always coun
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Public Engagement Done Well - Dialogue Partners

From dialoguepartners.ca

Public engagement can be risky business. There are lots of examples of what NOT to do. It isn’t often we
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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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