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Bringing The Public Back In: Can the Comment Process be Fixed?

From thegovlab.org

Remarks of Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, US Federal Communications Commission: “…But what we are facing now does not reflect what has come before.  Because it is apparent the civic infrastructure we have for accepting public comment in the rulemaking process is not built for the digital age.  As the Administrative Conference of the United States acknowledges, …
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3 women you should know in Pittsburgh civic tech

From technical.ly

Here's how technologists Eleanor Tutt, Rachel McGrane and Ellie Newman view the region’s efforts to connect people with data.
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8 Podcasts About the City of Tomorrow

From www.citizenlab.co

Whether you are new to podcasts, or want to complete your collection if you are a frequent listener, here's the list of best podcasts about smart cities.
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How the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation empowers digital civic engagement

From www.brookings.edu

Hollie Russon-Gilman writes about the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation empowerment of citizens not only as data producers but also as data owners.
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Copenhagen Architect Jan Gehl Takes on Smart Cities

From www.citylab.com

Architect and planner Jan Gehl looks back on how he helped transform Copenhagen into one of the world’s most livable cities and talks about how people can reclaim the streets.
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Mike Lydon: Short-Term Interventions Creating Lasting Change

From cityworksxpo.com

Mike Lydon is a Principal at The Street Plans Collaborative and one of the founders of Tactical Urbanism. It is through his work and his articulation of the work of others that many of us have come to learn about tactical urbanism. He remains on the cutting edge of trying to figure out how short-term experiments can be used to catalyze and create sustainable change. Essentially, he has helped create a new paradigm for community change that is continuing to have significant impacts.
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12 Top Tips: Driving impact and innovation in North American cities

From www.centreforpublicimpact.org

Across the US and Canada, cities are proving to be vibrant hubs for dynamic, citizen-centric problem-solving – something that I have witnessed first-hand during the Centre for Public Impact’s extensive work supporting Bloomberg Philanthropies’ 2018 Mayors Challenge.

So, how can city leaders innovate, meet rising citizen expectations and achieve a positive impact? Some key lessons have emerged, many of which are cited in our conversations listed below.
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Digital Literacy — core capacity for today’s nonprofits

From medium.com

Over the last twenty years nonprofit organizations have gotten steadily better at financial management, communications, and evaluation. For many organizations these are now core capacities. Such…
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The Benefits of Crowd Urbanism

From newcities.org

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Alternative Finance Lab has been working and experimenting with crowdfunding now more than five years, by developing campaigns, workshops, booklets and observing how this new way of financing can help communities to become more resilient and empowered. Due to fiscal constraints governments are facing globally, conventional means of financing …
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How can we ensure that the citizens, government and civil society work together? —

From www.panoplydigital.com

Last week, I was at TICTeC 2018 where researchers, activists and practitioners discussed the impact of civic technology, or civic tech. This blogpost summarises the discussion of Two heads are better than one: working with governments.
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What the Free Library learned about civic engagement from Pokémon Go

From generocity.org

Library Administrator Joel Nichols will present on its place-based digital intervention at the first Tech in the Commons session,
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Community Engagement and Urban Planning – A conversation between Anna Kelderman and Max Hardy

From www.maxhardy.com.au

Urbanist Anna Kelderman, Director of Shape Urban recently sat down with Community Engagement Specialist Max Hardy of Max Hardy Consulting, to discuss the nexus between community engagement and urban planning.
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Planning our Cities Through Humanizing Data – Data Driven Cities from a People-First Perspective

From icf-canada.com

Buzz around many urban planning offices today is the question of how best they can plan for cities using the tools available to them today. Traditionally, planners have always looked holistically. Before the buzz-words “innovation ecosystems”, “smart cities”, “human centric design”, and now “data-driven cities” were on their lips, planners gathered up the available data, thought leadership and public opinion to develop options and preferred concepts for their planning districts.
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Why Scenario Planning Is A Must-Have Tool For Urban Planners: Interview With Janae Futrell

From www.greaterplaces.com

Why Scenario Planning Is A Must-Have Tool For Urban Planners: Interview With Janae Futrell
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Civic Engagement: It’s for the Long Haul

From www.aspeninstitute.org

As before in this series, I asked practitioners–two government officials, founders of gov-tech start-ups, a leader in community organizing and participatory budgeting, and a university official–five questions about civic engagement:

These interviews reveal three important lessons for creating and implementing inclusive and effective civic engagement

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From 'smart cities' to 'smart citizens': when technology meets activism

From www.ouishare.net

Could the rise of the smart city be only the beginning of a dystopian future where we are ruled by corporations? Or could people become the smart citizens needed to use technology for the people and by the people? And if so, how can new digital tools be used to create smart citizens? 
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It's time to make govtech work for the public, not just technocrats

From www.wired.co.uk

A global govtech sector is emerging to make government more efficient. But is that always the best thing for democracy?
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This SimCity-Like Tool Lets Urban Planners See The Potential Impact Of

From www.fastcompany.com

Urban Footprint makes it easy to run simulations to see how a new plan might change traffic and commute times, the ability of kids to walk to school, access to jobs, energy use, the local economy, health, and carbon emissions. 
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Could the open government movement shut the door on Freedom of Information?

From theconversation.com

During Sunshine Week, three scholars of government transparency look at a potential collision between the old freedom of information movement and the new open government movement. Is there room for both?
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Leveraging A City Budget for Smart Urban Reform

From meetingoftheminds.org

Transforming your city on a budget can foster a bottom-up approach to public policy and urban transformation. It can manifest a sort of direct democracy that empowers citizens, community groups, and local businesses to be change agents in their cities – and to work in collaboration with city officials to foster a vibrant city life. There are many ways citizens and governments can collaborate. Below are only a few modest, yet transformative, approaches for revolutionizing cities.
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Digital democracy: Steps towards equality or a road to gentrification?

From www.oecd-forum.org

Civic Tech and digital democracy have the potential to make dreams of engaged citizens and responsive governments working together a reality. Rebecca Rumbul, Head of Research at mySociety, reflects on the risks of rushing into digital and how we can approach it for the benefit of all.
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Deep Listening to Map a Community’s Information Needs

From medium.com

At first glance, Oakland may be seen as a city with a thriving Spanish-language media scene. There are as many as four bilingual newspapers distributed in certain parts of town. Turn the radio dial and you will hear Spanish on several AM and FM stations, and there is nightly news on both Univisión and Telemundo. As one San Francisco-based ethnic media specialist told me, “when I think of news deserts, I don’t think of Oakland.”
But speak with the audiences of those outlets and you find much to be desired.

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Making participation more deliberative, and deliberation more participatory

From medium.com

5 takeaways from the Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference
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The Power of Ecosystems for Problem-Solving · Living Cities

From www.livingcities.org

What do biological ecosystems have to do with promoting social change? In our work, using the metaphor of ecosystems has been a powerful tool for taking on complex and evolving problems.
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