As a new study shows, cities are moving rapidly to harness it and put it to work to make better decisions.
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UK researchers have created their own internet to test new technologies such as 5G on a national scale – without disrupting existing infrastructure
The Institute for Infinitely Small Things addresses the commons through an "art for all" approach to engage with the political through their work in public spaces.
Our vision of urban vitality cannot be a return to a nostalgic dream of the past; rather, it must be forward looking and more adaptive, diverse, integrated and resilient than what came before.
We asked “what are specific actions for increasing your influence on the local level?” ELGL has responded swiftly and specifically. Sign up to share your ideas in the new Engaging Local…
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…
This spring, Philadelphia will pilot a new litter index aligned with the city's Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet, and digitize the results.
Researchers tested different road signs to prevent drivers from idling their engines. “Big Brother” eyes helped, but a simple appeal to the “private self” did even more.
Cities in Africa are growing rapidly and have a critical role to play in their countries’ economic growth. Improving conditions for people and businesses i
At a time when cities are thinking about how to show up with and for immigrant communities, answers can be found at the Queens Museum.
The suggested investments for Nashville's parks are vast, expensive and potentially transformative — and all needed to keep up with a growing city.
One of the largest and most ambitious regional plans in history, the Seven50: Southeast Florida Prosperity Plan, was born out of a grand federal vision—the Partnership for Sustainable Communities between US HUD, DOT, and EPA.
In a city menaced by the threat of volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and floods, protecting thousands of families living in Quito's low-income neighbourhoods from disasters is an urgent task.
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Four small cities across the country are seeing positive results with non-traditional public engagement strategies like bouncy castles, beer coasters, and ball games. Never underestimate the power of community pride as a motivator for engagement--that's one lesson from the Orton Family Foundation's recent event on public engagement.
While we are increasingly aware of threats to our personal information, the reach of such threats really can be baffling. Who would have guessed that one d
The United Nations Secretary-General's Climate Resilience Initiative- Anticipate, Absorb, Reshape (A2R), in collaboration with the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence's Climate CoLab are calling for a wide range of innovative and practical solutions – on the local, national and international levels – that can help strengthen early warning and early action in vulnerable communities around the world. A2R is a global, multi-stakeholder initiative accelerating action on the ground to enhance climate resilience of the most vulnerable countries and people by 2020. Win a chance to present your work before the A2R Initiative Leadership team-- some of the world's leading experts in climate change adaptation.
Participatory budgeting lessons from Long Beach, California, where District 9 successfully expanded diversity and broadened participation in PB.
This is the first column by our new organizational member Peak Democracy. Marlena Medford is the Director of Government Outreach and Communications for Peak Democracy, which offers a line of civic …
Gaming mechanics are changing how people engage online and in real-life activities — can they remake government’s relationship with employees and citizens?
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The winners of the first-ever Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grants are Austin, Indianapolis, Miami, Orlando and Philadelphia. Learn about their projects and the important first step you need to take to make any smart cities initiative a success.