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Cities want technology vendors that listen, not just 'sell stuff'

From statescoop.com

Officials have long complained of companies that offer products in search of a problem. New procurement strategies are cropping up as a result.
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How Taiwan's online democracy may show future of humans and machines

From www.smh.com.au

The speed our society evolves has passed the speed of legislation, but it can catch up. The internet could be the facilitation, and AI could be the catalyst.
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A Challenge Too Big For Big Plans

From www.strongtowns.org

We chose Memphis to kick off the Strong America Tour for a reason: the city is both an object lesson in what has gone wrong in American cities, and what could go right. And Memphis’s example helps us see why in places that are going to experience a renaissance, it’s going to come from the grassroots
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Designing Digital Technologies for Civic-Engagement amidst social media

From medium.com

While Facebook and Twitter are the dominant platforms for public discourse, governments are grappling with how policy discussions may be kept from going wayward. Much like Mr. Toad’s wild ride, the…
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Microsoft Could Open Up Governments Tomorrow

From medium.com

Word. Microsoft Word. The wordprocessing software that’s been around longer than some of us have been alive. It’s the software government runs on. But it’s also the software holding back governments…
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Teaching Community Changemaking Through Art

From springboardexchange.org

Artists are everywhere, on every block and in every community. Finding the opportunities for artists to share their creativity and …
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The Global Catastrophe Will Be Solved by Local Communities

From medium.com

We are at a point where climate chaos, economic inequity and social alienation are converging into an unprecedented catastrophe. People everywhere realize that current efforts to address these…
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Experience design in cities: 3 design trends that improve connectivity, community and collaboration

From medium.com

It is an exciting time to be an experience designer. With the recognition that human-centered design is necessary across multiple industries and thought-leaders pushing the urgent need for…
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UN Climate Report's Dire Warning to Coastal Cities

From www.citylab.com

A UN report warns extreme weather events that historically happened about once in 100 years could hit coastal cities yearly by 2050. Cities need to prepare now.
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Young people aren’t the problem with civic participation. We’re the solution.

From thefulcrum.us

Recent research paints a bleak picture of young people's participation in civil service.

Just 7 percent of federal government employees are younger than 30 — even though, according to some estimates, millennials will soon make up three-quarters of the country's workforce.
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Can Berlin's 'Smart City' Showcase Data Privacy?

From www.citylab.com

The German company Siemens is launching an ambitious adaptive reuse project to revitalize its historic corporate campus, with a very modern data-collecting twist.
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We’re Going to Need a Bigger Tent

From www.codeforamerica.org

Lessons on delivery-driven government from Jennifer Pahlka at Code for America Summit

Doug Mirams's curator insight, September 28, 8:47 AM

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Thinking outside the box on data users – engaging non-technical audiences in open data work

From sunlightfoundation.com

Sunlight’s Open Cities team helps cities develop open data policies and effectively engage communities with open data through our flagship Tactical Data Engagement (TDE) method, but, inevitably, most engagement methods for open data attract data users with experience reading or using data on their o
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No-one told me how to run a civic tech organisation.

From medium.com

When I grow up, I want to run an NGO and spend my day dealing with admin, finance, and HR. I want to spend time worrying about how to pay employee salaries, writing funding proposals and narrative…
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This Is Why People Should Stop Hating Scooters

From www.citylab.com

Electric scooters draw a lot of hate, but if supported well by cities, they have the potential to provide a widespread and beneficial mode of transportation.
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Urban Nighttime Design: Bridging the Gap Between Community and Technology

From newcities.org

A fresh approach to environmental design after dark aims to increase social and physical activity in public space—addressing both day and night workers. The intended outcome is better health, in part, through walkability and economic vitality. Nighttime design is a time-based discipline that addresses complex conditions, from dusk to dawn, through education, research pilots and …
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How Technology Is Changing the Way We Perceive Democracy

From psmag.com

New innovations are forcing citizens to revisit some foundational questions of governance about who should be shaping the future of the country.
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Peter Calthorpe: 7 principles for building better cities 

From www.ted.com

More than half of the world's population already lives in cities, and another 2.5 billion people are projected to move to urban areas by 2050. The way we build new cities will be at the heart of so much that matters, from climate change to economic vitality to our very well-being and sense of connectedness. Peter Calthorpe is already at work planning the cities of the future and advocating for community design that's focused on human interaction. He shares seven universal principles for solving sprawl and building smarter, more sustainable cities.
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The Movement for Youth-Led Placemaking Is Growing Up

From www.pps.org

Project for Public Spaces’ partnership with the National Building Museum’s Investigating Where We Live program is allowing more teenagers who are passionate about public space to find their voice.
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How Many Lives Could Car-Free 'Superblocks' Save?

From www.citylab.com

A new study estimates that a citywide plan to limit cars and capture nearly 70 percent of street space for bikes and pedestrians could save 667 lives per year.
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Opening Data is Not Enough: How to Become a Human-Driven City

From medium.com

One of the crucial first steps to creating a local government that works for residents is for cities to publish their information and data for anyone to access, but the truth is that open datasets…
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Gamespace Urbanism: City-Building Games and Radical Simulations

From failedarchitecture.com

The virtual gamespace has often promised to provide an arena in which to explore radical urban scenarios, but a growing number of indie games are finally beginning to realise this potential.

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What’s New in Civic Tech: CfA Shares Clear My Record Tech

From www.govtech.com

Plus, 10 cities form an innovation cohort that is looking for startup collaborators; Code for America evaluates public benefits applications across all 50 states; Virginia digitizes occupational licensing; and more.
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