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A study found that gamified e-participation is linked to increased engagement, motivation, civic learning and enjoyment amongst other outcomes. 

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Smart city leaders from Houston, New Orleans and Columbus, Ohio, discussed their vision for tomorrow's cities following widespread disruptions brought on by the pandemic, economic hardships and social unrest.

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A year-long trial of ways in which residents South Ribble can get more involved in decision-making in the district is set to begin. Amongst the changes to be tested is a revamp of the borough’s five longstanding “My Neighbourhood Forums”, which provide a platform for residents to raise concerns and requests for action in their area.

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The effects of climate change will disproportionately threaten New Yorkers of color. Green participatory budgeting can tackle both climate change and create a more equal, democratic society.

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Some projects, like road safety improvements, need community vetting before they can move forward, but in-person public meetings can’t happen right now. What are governments doing? Are public meetings online worse, or better, than their in-person counterparts?

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The cities of Albuquerque, Austin, Grand Rapids, Louisville and Philadelphia are taking important steps in transforming their city government and programs to embrace racial equity.

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The Helena City Commission adopted a public involvement chapter of the city’s open lands management plan to outline  public outreach strategies for recreation projects.

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Cities that want to benefit from autonomous vehicles tomorrow need to think about infrastructure today.

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A new report on community broadband efforts notes that in order to bridge digital divides, hundreds of communities have started to build their own networks instead of relying on private-sector internet service providers.

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Libraries are looking at how to use outdoor spaces as a way to connect and engage with their communities. From parking lots to baseball diamonds, there are public spaces in every community that can provide ways for people come together, while remaining safely distanced.

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How digital technology could lead to more evidence-based decision making in cities. 

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WhatsApp can be a useful tool for organisers scrambling to figure out how to move training or people development online when face to face interaction isn’t possible.

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When shelter-in-place orders went into effect, most in-person public meetings and events had to be cancelled. Let’s explore how the communities of Arlington County, Missoula, Cupertino, Denver, and Austin successfully moved their meetings online.

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While some report the forced digitization is improving civic engagement, technological gaffs have also created confusion and slowed proceedings.

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As the nationwide lockdown eases and people think about heading back to work, plans have been made to make sure people can safely get around the city while remaining two metres apart from each other.

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Less than a year ago, Sidewalk Labs unveiled plans to test fantastical urban innovations across a 12-acre swath of Toronto’s waterfront. Now, the most ambitious project from Google’s urban-planning arm has been called off.

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Authentic community engagement was crucial to creating and passing the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan and the elimination of single-family zoning.

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"We’ve avoided a political coalition between folks who want to stop development and [those who] support progressive change,” said Lisa Bender, Minneapolis’ city council president. “In Minneapolis, for now, we have a political coalition that is supportive of adding more housing and demanding a race-equity approach to housing access." 

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In concrete terms, Jacobs' advocacy for dense, mixed-use, utterly urban neighborhoods has helped shape Toronto, but more broadly, her legacy is a spirit of activism and engagement with the city. 

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As discussion about when and how to essentially re-open society in America continues, states have started to build apps to track the spread of COVID-19. Utah, North Dakota and South Dakota are three such states.

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Earlier this week, Cities of Service assembled city staff and civic engagement experts for a facilitated discussion on how city governments are meeting the immediate needs of their communities, with a focus on especially vulnerable residents during the COVID-19 outbreak. Here is some of the great advice from our panelists.

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Experts discuss how cities like Seattle and St. Paul, MN are leveraging community organizations to better mitigate COVID-19.

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Volunteers from Amazon, Alphabet and other tech companies worked with public health experts to set up a COVID-19 monitoring website.
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Taiwan’s initial success against the novel coronavirus is a model for the rest of the world.
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The key to reshaping urban mobility systems for the future is cooperation, as Amsterdam has discovered. What can other cities learn from the Dutch capital?
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