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After Amazon: How Cities Can Use Tech to Their Benefit

From www.centreforpublicimpact.org

After Amazon's HQ2 snafu, cities and tech companies are re-examining their relationship. A new handbook helps show cities their way to innovation.
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Civic tech to lead the way for a more open society in Mexico

From medium.com

Diego Arredondo: I got involved in civic tech a few years ago, in 2014. Prior to my involvement in Codeando México, I worked within this collective called Wikipolítica. It was the beginning of my…
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The best bike maps are made by volunteers 

From www.citymetric.com

Not all bike routes are equal. Some places that are marked as bike routes on a map feel precarious when traversed on two wheels, including shoulders covered in debris and places where you can feel the wind from speeding cars.

North American cities are building more bicycling routes, by adding on-street painted lanes, physically separated cycle tracks, bicycle-only or multi-use paths and local street bikeways. These different kinds of routes appeal to different types of users, from the interested but concerned cyclist to the keen road rider.
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New City Civic Engagement Commission Launched

From www.gothamgazette.com

The 15-member commission was established in the charter through a ballot referendum approved by voters in November, one product of a charter revision commission set up by de Blasio last year. The commission is tasked broadly with increasing involvement in city civic life, and specifically with improving voter access by providing interpreters at polling sites and administering a citywide participatory budgeting program modeled on the system used by the New York City Council.
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Radio: It’s (Still) Good for Democracy 

From medium.com

As media and journalism met the digital age, platforms have evolved to reach audiences, share information, and engage citizens in innovative ways. It’s this dynamic that inspired Infogagement…
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Open Data, Civic Engagement, and Delivery – Did We Go the Wrong Way?

From medium.com

Open data is what I do — or at least what I used to do. Looking back now, I have begun to wonder whether we might have been looking at things in the wrong way, or more to the point, whether I have been looking at things, just, wrong.
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It’s time to recognize your Public Participation initiatives. Apply for the 2019 IAP2 USA Awards

From blog2.iap2usa.org

Being a Public Participation Practitioner is not for the faint of heart. It requires ingenuity, caring, and dedication. Ingenuity in how to engage a diversity of stakeholders and the public in comp…
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Public Spaces Fighting Climate Change - Public spaces are where physical and social resilience meet

From www.pps.org

Public spaces are where physical and social resilience meet. Public spaces must be considered a crucial tool in our arsenal to mitigate and adapt to rising temperatures and extreme weather that come with climate change.

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In a City of Firsts, Learning By Doing – Reimagining the Civic Commons

From medium.com

Philadelphia has a long history of city building through public spaces, including the first library, the first public school, and the first urban park plan. How much more could a historic city learn…
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Civic tech: How apps, community data analysts, and traffic tech can make cities smarter

From www.curbed.com

Civic-minded techies are finding ways to digitize, demystify, and improve local government.
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Citizen engagement is helping Costa Rica fight climate change

From apolitical.co

Costa Rica has the most ambitious climate policy in the world, but without engagement from citizens they may struggle to decarbonize by 2050.
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Will Smart City Technology Really Make Our Places Stronger? 

From www.strongtowns.org

App developers are promising that any citizen with a smart phone can take part in planning their city like never before. But is there more to community engagement than what you can fit within the borders of a screen?
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Civics, Civility and Community—How to Get People Re-engaged Civilly

From www.orton.org

Civics, Civility and Community—How to Get People Re-engaged Civilly by Orton Family Foundation. Heart & Soul Talks Webinar Recap
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Why creating community-led project spaces can ease social isolation

From www.shareable.net

Pantry is an excellent middle-English word for a very 21st century idea: a peer-to-peer community food collective creating larder-filling products and changing lives in one of London's poorest boroughs.Here's how the program started: enthusiastic amateur cooks in Barking and Dagenham were given expert advice on refining their favorite home recipes into sellable products, perfecting batch-cooking, developing packaging design and sourcing ingredients. Finally, tastings were arranged, and the products were tested in market stalls.
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What’s New in Civic Tech: Philly Releases City Payments Data

From www.govtech.com

Plus, Illinois Gov. Pritzker sets April as Innovation and Technology Month; Washington, D.C., forges new ride-share partnership; national civic tech leaders urge support for Digital Service Act, and more.
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Tactical Urbanism: An Introduction

From courses.planetizen.com

Designer and doer Mike Lydon, CNU-A, has one mission: Improving the livability of our towns and cities starting at the street, block, or building scale. In this first course of a two course series, Lydon introduces Tactical Urbanism.
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Who Will Win the War for the Curb? The Startups Tracking How Cities Use Curb Space

From www.citylab.com

Ride-hailing companies, delivery vehicles, and electric scooters are all vying for a piece of the curb. Here's how cities can manage this increasingly precious resource.
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Fighting Bias, Block by Block – Next City

From nextcity.org

As U.S. cities grapple with the repercussions of decades of redlining and other discriminatory housing policies, MacArthur fellow Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt offers a road map for how online communities can spark meaningful dialogue between neighbors.
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Smart Cities: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

From www.govtech.com

More and more devices are plugging into your government’s corner of the Internet of Things (IoT), but are we truly implementing the right projects in 'smart' ways? Here’s what you need to know about the state of smart cities opportunities along with some potholes to avoid and questions to be answered.
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How Resilient Power Puerto Rico Is Building Sustainable Communities

From www.metropolismag.com

Metropolis spoke with architect and RPPR president Jonathan Marvel about the initiative's work and what it aims to accomplish.
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Support the call for an International Year of Engagement

From www.iap2.org.au

The International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) and UNESCAP are partnering to promote systematic, quality engagement of stakeholders and the public, to help governments and others who lead and design engagement processes to develop structured, well-planned and meaningful engagement.
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Participatory budgeting - is civic tech’s role fuelling disillusionment with democracy?

From government.diginomica.com

Panthea Lee, co-founder at Reboot US, provides a fascinating insight into how civic tech can be better used in advancing the role of participatory budgeting.
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Tap the power of community with organized chaos: How to run a 90-minute unconference exercise

From opensource.com

Unconferences are sites of intense collaboration, creativity, and innovation. Here's how you can run your next internal project like one.
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AI, Blockchain, VR, and the Complicated Future of Democracy

From www.publicagenda.org

Too often, the people working to strengthen democracy have been caught flat-footed by the pace of new trends and innovations. All kinds of changes, many of them driven by technology, affect how we live, work, vote, interact, and get information. It’s always been difficult to understand the implications of trends in the moment, but it’s even harder today because knowledge is so vast and specialized with experts on each trend often isolated from one another, without an overarching map for everyone to see.

Rewiring Democracy: Subconscious Technologies, Conscious Engagement, and the Future of Politics is an attempt to anticipate how the next set of changes will affect democracy, map the intersections of different trends and inform how we should respond.
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