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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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Maricopa County, AZ Improves Business Opportunities with SolSmart Designation

From www.nationalcivicleague.org

SolSmart provides recognition and no-cost technical assistance to help local governments reduce barriers to solar energy growth. With the help  of national and local experts, cities, counties, and towns are cutting red tape to make it easier for homes and businesses to go solar.

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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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What Does an 8 80 City Mean to Torontonians

From www.880cities.org

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn This was a busy summer for the 8 80 Cities team. We spent the last few months working on different projects, in Canada, the U.S. and abroad. From Ajax to San Jose to Miami (just to name a few), we’ve hoste
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Startup Profile: Social Coin, Civic Engagement Platform based on Deep Learning through a Blockchain rewards system

From www.thestartupnetwork.co

We provide governments and organisations with a new way to recognise action within their community that makes a positive impact on society.

Our tool is the social coin, a cryptocurrency based on the actions of people and the positive impact this action makes.
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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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Virtual flowers and tomatoes: citizen participation in Taiwan

From waag.org

Through platforms such as vTaiwan and Pol.is, the democracy of Taiwan is starting to make moves towards becoming one of the first liquid democracies in the world. This development did not happen out of nowhere.
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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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How I survived my very first hackathon (and why you can, too)

From technical.ly

Author Miriam Peskowitz arrived at Code for Philly's hackathon last fall armed with a Github account but no idea what “fork” meant. Here's her story.
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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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National Day of Civic Hacking 2017 this weekend

From www.codeforamerica.org

Calling all public servants, people with technology skills, and community organizers: National Day of Civic Hacking is your opportunity to show that government can work in the 21st century if we all build it together. Find an event near you and make a meaningful impact on some of your community’s toughest challenges. 
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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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Boston Promotes Youth Civic Advocacy Through Pokémon GO

From blogs.microsoft.com

During the months of July and August, the Engagement Lab at Emerson College and ENGAGE Boston, in partnership with the City of Boston and Niantic, Inc, the publisher and developer of the interactive mobile game Pokémon GO, launched a youth-led, city-wide creative competition to promote equitable representation of Boston neighborhoods in the popular mobile game, Pokémon GO.
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San José Innovation Challenge Leads to Graffiti-Cleaning Drone

From www.routefifty.com

The next round of the contest will look at how the city can improve the way it orders evacuations ahead of serious flooding.
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Rebuilding Houston: Tech Tools Connect a City to Shelter, Food, & More

From www.xconomy.com

Houston---The storm waters from Harvey have nearly receded. Now, the painstaking work of rebuilding lives is underway. As the storm made landfall, Houston’
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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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