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10 blockchain-for-good projects to keep an eye on

From www.shareable.net

We recently explored how blockchain is being used as a force for good and conducted a handful of interviews with practitioners in the industry. Yet the blockchain space is fast-moving and constantly brimming with new projects that could make the sharing economy increasingly accessible to all. This is a list of some other projects to look out for in this space:
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Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft are contributing to OpenStreetMap

From mybroadband.co.za

The Open Data Institute recently outlined how large multinationals are collaborating through OpenStreetMap.
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Urban walking isn’t just good for the soul. It could save humanity

From www.theguardian.com

Understanding how cities are put together is vital, given more than half of us live in them, says Jonn Elledge, editor of CityMetric
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NYC Planning Labs, One Year In

From medium.com

In the past twelve months we’ve moved extremely fast, not only shipping innovative digital planning tools, but also setting a major precedent for the use of agile methods, human-centered design, and…
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GovTech's What’s New in Civic Tech: South Bend Launches New Digital Inclusion Center

From www.govtech.com

Plus, Louisville, Ky., technologist organizes hackathon with IFTTT; Raleigh, N.C., has a new startup map; Los Angeles’ CDO writes about ‘data angels;’ and Ohio prepares to announce prize recipients for the second phase of its opioid technology challenge.
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Citizen-centric approach a cornerstone of smart city deveopment

From www.geospatialworld.net

Taking into account this citizen-centric approach, McKinsey has released a new report titled ‘Smart Cities: Digital Solutions for a More Livable Future
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Need help understanding the city budget? Grab a toy car and get to work.

From denverite.com

Warm Cookies of the Revolution has built a massive Rube Goldberg machine to get you thinking about participatory budgeting.
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Navigating the field of civic tech

From medium.com

Technology, when combined with the human spirit, has the ability to revolutionize entire industries and the world as a whole — indeed, it already has countless times over. When it comes to…
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'This summer doesn't belong in Scandinavia': stories of heat around the world 

From www.theguardian.com

From Hawaii to the Netherlands and France to South Korea readers have shared their reactions to recent record temperatures
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Jakarta, the fastest-sinking city in the world

From www.bbc.co.uk

The Indonesian capital of Jakarta is home to 10 million people but it is also one of the fastest-sinking cities in the world. If this goes unchecked, parts of the megacity could be entirely submerged by 2050, say researchers. Is it too late?
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What Can Public Spaces Offer to the Globally Displaced?

From medium.com

While there is no one park or town square that can accommodate 22.5 million people, which is the global refugee population according to recent UN estimates, public spaces can still play a key role in addressing today’s global refugee crisis. In a time where more and more people are being forced out of their homes, many are fighting displacement with place. As a source of stability and social interaction in a new city, public spaces are where healing and connection often happen for refugees and recent immigrants.
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How to Get in Front of the Future: Anticipatory Planning

From blog.altaplanning.com

It is imperative upon our industry to develop new tools and planning approaches to help manage uncertainty and leverage technology to design communities that stand the test of time while delivering multiple benefits.
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Can Society Scale? The growth, challenges and splintering of a Facebook group about urbanism and public transportation

From www.nytimes.com

The growth, challenges and splintering of a Facebook group about urbanism and public transportation is the story of us all.

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Leveling Up Civic Tech with “Civic Hall” 

From medium.com

There’s a crackle of anticipation when the group of civic hackers from Taiwan push the door buzzer to enter the Civic Hall working space in New York City’s Flatiron district. They enter the building…
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How cities are taking a more strategic view toward public art

From medium.com

Public art can be a tool mayors use to build strong communities.
That’s the premise behind the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge, an initiative designed to support cities undertaking temporary art projects that address pressing civic issues. Last month, 14 U.S. cities learned that they’re finalists in the Challenge, with a chance at receiving up to $1 million to carry out their ideas.

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World’s 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government

From apolitical.co

Apolitical presents their 2018 list of the world’s 100 most influential people in digital government. It’s the first of its kind to show the international spread of the field, and includes individuals from every continent.

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AR Is Transforming Tech. What Can It Do for Cities?

From datasmart.ash.harvard.edu

If it isn’t already there, augmented reality is coming to a device near you. Cities need to work to ensure that AR makes the leap from “cool experience,” to a technology that improves residents’ lives.
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How Participatory Data Collection is Shaping China’s Mobility & Climate Policy

From meetingoftheminds.org

Ms. Xumei Chen works as one of the key research fellows in the China Urban Sustainable Transportation Research Center (CUSTReC), an international think tank on urban transport under Ministry of Transportation, China. In early July, Meeting of the Minds Consultant and Writer Kate O’Brien connected with Ms. Chen to learn about her research and policy work focused on public transport systems in her rapidly urbanizing country.
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Bringing Play to Public Spaces 

From medium.com

Our ideas of playful public spaces have long been restricted to playgrounds and parks. Due to the notions of adulthood that have been perpetuated, we fail to even expect playful environments around…
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Civic Wants, Civic Needs, Civic Tech

From medium.com

I just spent a fascinating few days at the Code for America summit where we had the opportunity to learn about many projects occurring at the intersection of technopole and civitas: the conceptual…
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Charles Marohn of Strong Towns asks: Is Public Engagement Worthless?

From www.strongtowns.org

It is the experiences of real people that should guide our planning efforts. Their actions are the data we should be collecting, not their stated preferences.
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You’re Not Stuck In Traffic You Are Traffic - Design as Participation

From jods.mitpress.mit.edu

You’re Not Stuck In Traffic You Are Traffic - This started with a drivetime conversation about contemporary design with Joi Ito. We were stuck in traffic, and in our conversation, a question emerged about designers: This new generation of designers that work with complex adaptive systems. Why are they so much more humble than their predecessors who designed, you know, stuff?

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