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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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Heart & Soul Talks: Create Comp Plans that Rock with Resident Input

From www.eventbrite.ca

Eventbrite - Orton Family Foundation presents Heart & Soul Talks: Create Comp Plans that Rock with Resident Input - Thursday, October 19, 2017 - Find event and registration information.
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How to Improve Charrettes

From www.planetizen.com

In participatory planning, there is no planning without several events known as charrettes, which you probably already knew. Less likely to be common knowledge, however, is how charrettes can live up to their promise in the planning process. In participatory planning, there is no planning without several events known as charrettes, which you probably already knew. What's not clear, however, is how charrettes can live up to their promise in the planning process.
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Who’s at the popular table? Our analysis found which open data the public likes.

From sunlightfoundation.com

We compared open data from 141 cities and states to figure out what information sets residents want most. Here’s what we found.
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Bus Stops and the Future of Digital Placemaking

From meetingoftheminds.org

As two officials of a distressed public agency facing down the consequences of a long history of underinvestment, we are acutely sensitive to the need to get things done on a budget. We are also technologists, which brings us to the idea and potential of digital placemaking for mobility infrastructure: the repurposing of web, mobile and other software and hardware tools to bring new value to the places around the physical nodes and artifacts of the transit system. Digital tools are often limited to a public engagement role in placemaking. We believe that they can play an important role in transit agency efforts to make its physical infrastructure work better for people.
Christopher Ray's curator insight, May 20, 2018 2:20 PM
Using technology to plan city infrastructure like transportation is extremely useful. By analyzing the busiest routes for a bus or finding the ideal location for stops, the city can utilize technology to make the city run as efficiently as possible.

Film As Catalyst for Innovation in Urban Planning

From www.newamerica.org

The seventh in a series of blog posts by #RiseLocal speakers writing about inspiring examples of local innovation.
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The Future of Civic Engagement

From citiesspeak.org

How did a small community of less than ten thousand residents begin to increase public engagement in a way that is helpful to both local officials and constituents? This is a guest post by Nick Mastronardi and Alex Pedersen. There is incredible wisdom and powerful data when civic engagement is done right. But when it’s…
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CiviComment now offers a free plan, aims to simplify public or stakeholder reviews

From www.urbaninteractivestudio.com

Exciting news, CiviComment now has a free plan to support smaller projects or pilot initiatives. We're introducing the free plan and our updated pricing tiers at this week's IAP2 Conference in Denver

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What’s New in Civic Tech: SF Mayor Encourages Cities Nationwide to Apply for Expanded Startup in Residence Program

From www.govtech.com

Plus, Philadelphia becomes first U.S. city to map urban trails via Google Street View, Code for America developer emphasizes importance of design for the public good, and Uber begins sharing some transportation data with cities.
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Bus stops and the future of digital placemaking - CommonWealth Magazine

From commonwealthmagazine.org

Modernizing Mobility Modernizing Mobility The Future of Mobility Transportation tech isn’t easy By Joseph BarrSee all » Modernizing Mobility Modernizing Mobility The Future of Mobility One payment system is needed for all transportation By Boris KarschSee all » Modernizing Mobility Modernizing Mobility The Future of Mobility The world isn’t as flat as we thought By(...)
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How to Make San Francisco Friendly to Families

From www.spur.org

San Francisco has the lowest percentage of households with children among the 12 largest American cities. Why are families leaving and what can the city do to keep them?
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A book about the role of civic technology for the public good

From blogs.worldbank.org

Photo: World Bank The use of technology to promote citizen engagement has been described as “the next big thing”, and is often associated with adjectives such as “disruptive”, “transformational,” and “revolutionary.” Yet, in contrast with the deluge of blog posts and tweets praising technology’s role to promote smarter and more participatory governments, one finds limited evidence on the effects of technology on citizen engagement practices. Civic Tech – Assessing Technology for the Public Good is a new book that – we hope – contributes to addressing this knowledge gap. The book is comprised of one study and three field evaluations of civic tech initiatives in developing countries. The study reviews evidence on the use of twenty-three digital platforms designed to amplify citizen voices to improve service delivery. Focusing on 23 empirical studies of initiatives in the Global South, the authors highlight both citizen uptake and the degree to which public service providers respond to expressions of citizen voice.
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Showing the Algorithms Behind New York City Services

From www.nytimes.com

A city councilman is pushing to make public the code behind city decisions on everything from school assignments to trash collection.
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Crowdsourcing of public space tools – UN-Habitat

From unhabitat.org

UN-Habitat’s Public Space team is producing a new book on public space tools and we need your help! We know that there are lots of useful methodologies and approaches to public space assessment, design, planning and management out there, but as the topic has grown importance in recent years we are not aware of all of them.

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Rethinking the future of state DOTs

From www.cnu.org

Here's six ways to transform communities and revitalize our economy by repurposing state departments of transportation, which are currently organized based on an outdated 1950s model.
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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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Why Seattle is poised to be a leader in ‘smart city’ technology and regulations

From www.geekwire.com

New technology is helping local government create “smarter” cities in a variety of ways, from adaptive traffic lights to open data platforms to advanced…
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3 Lessons from Denmark for Investing in People and Places

From www.nrdc.org

As the United States continues to struggle with policies focused on healthcare, leaders could learn from Copenhagen that investing in people and the places in which they live might be a better strategy to improve health outcomes for everyone.
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What’s New in Civic Tech: Hawaii Launches Month-Long Innovation Competition

From www.govtech.com

Plus, Arkansas' governor announces actions aimed at fostering tech employment growth in state, and judge dismisses AT&T lawsuit against Louisville related to clearing city infrastructure for broadband providers.
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Berlin does civic tech. Großartig!

From joe-mitchell.com

I'm back in the UK (is that still a thing?) now — but I have two more EuroTrip stops to blog about.  First, Berlin. As you may know, Berlin is excellent. It also has a bit of a reputation for tech startups. And for doing interesting political things with tech. It seems a long time ago that…
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A Graphic Novel to Transform Teens Into City Planners

From www.newyorker.com

Alexandra Lange on the graphic novel “No Small Plans,” which was designed as an educational tool for teaching Chicago teen-agers about architecture and history.
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