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Public Interest Technology Welcomes First Fellows Class

From www.newamerica.org

Fellows will work to influence demand for technology expertise among public interest organizations.
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Five Ways to Promote Civic Health Through Community Design

From citiesspeak.org

Groundbreaking research shows how the design and maintenance of public spaces can directly impact our civic health. This is a guest post by Suzanne Nienaber. Last week, the Center for Active Design (CfAD) published original research from the Assembly Civic Engagement Survey (ACES), a groundbreaking study to examine specific community design features that influence civic…
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What is Civic Engagement Anyway? A Primer from PACE

From www.grantcraft.org

GrantCraft is a service of the Foundation Center that improves the practice of philanthropy by providing resources rooted in the practical wisdom of funders worldwide.
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Seven Keys to Stronger Community

From www.placemakers.com

In sustainability’s triple bottom line of profits, planet and people, it’s people that tend to get the shaft. There’s an entire industry surrounding environmental advocacy and we can always coun
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Mifflin Square Park improvements start with small moves, build toward big change

From planphilly.com

The typical hallmarks of a neighborhood convening were there: Parents dutifully pointing their smartphones at their teenagers dancing on the stage. Neighbors milling about…
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How climate change will threaten food security of world's poorest countries

From www.independent.co.uk

Some of the world’s poorest countries will be hit hardest as climate change affects marine fisheries all over the world, according to a new study. The global fishing industry produces a total catch worth of about $90bn (£71bn) but the warming ocean temperatures are causing many valuable species to shift their usual ranges. The potential for water to hit temperatures lethal to corals such as Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, which support vast amounts of other marine life, is a particular problem.
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Five takeaways from the New Cities Summit

From cities-today.com

Jonathan Andrews reports from Songdo which last week played host to the sixth New Cities Summit – ‘Thriving cities: the building blocks of urban wellbeing’.
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Public Engagement Done Well - Dialogue Partners

From dialoguepartners.ca

Public engagement can be risky business. There are lots of examples of what NOT to do. It isn’t often we
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Actually, more public participation can save American democracy

From healthydemocracy.org

Jessie Conover responds to recent articles calling for less public participation in our
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What is an innovation district?

From www.okcinnovation.com

What is an innovation district? Understanding innovation districts and placemaking An emerging trend in urban areas, innovation districts are targeted areas that have potential for innovation and entre...

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New Ruralism: Solutions for Struggling Small Towns

From dirt.asla.org

New Urbanism is a well-known movement that aims to create more walkable communities. Less known is New Ruralism, which is focused on the preservation and enhancement of rural communities beyond the edge of metropolitan regions. Small towns now part of this nascent movement seek to define themselves on their own terms, not just in relation…
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12 simple technologies for cities that are Smart, open and fair

From theurbantechnologist.com

Efficiency; resilience; growth; vitality. These are all characteristics that cities desire, and that are regularly cited as the objectives of Smarter City programmes and other forward-looking initiatives. But, though it is less frequently stated, a more fundamental objective underlies all of these: fairness. The Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz has written extensively about the need to prioritise…
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Can Racial Equity Unlock Civic Tech’s Superpowers? 

From civichall.org

The promise of civic technology is that better democracy can come via connection, automation, and data. 
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Hack Nights Are a Civic Good – Code for America

From medium.com

This spring, Code for San Jose turned three years old. In addition to celebrating with craft cocktails at a favorite local bar, we made time to reflect on our successes, struggles and future…
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How can cities double down on the climate change fight? Three experts share ideas

From archpaper.com

Three experts from NYC, NOLA, and Rio zeroed in on cities' response to climate change at Cities and Climate Action, a Columbia GSAPP conference.
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What I learned about Participatory Budgeting from Palo Alto Community College in San Antonio

From medium.com

The San Antonio Progressive Alliance organized a community meeting on Participatory Budgeting that was held last night at Brick at Bluestar. The meeting featured a presentation by Palo Alto Community…
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Self-Driving Cars Could Revolutionize Our Sidewalks, Too

From www.fastcodesign.com

The design studio Pensa envisions the way autonomous vehicles could transform far more than our streets.
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6 Ways the City of Decatur Became a Model of Inclusion, Diversity & Citizen Engagement

From citiesspeak.org

The city's Better Together initiative has resulted in a community action plan focused on six steps that promote equity and community dialogue among residents. This is a guest post by Linda Harris. What is the role of local government in creating a space for community dialogue among residents? How do you bring everyone to the…
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There Are No Size Requirements for Good Urbanism and Placemaking

From www.economicsofplace.com

This week I traveled from Northville, MI to Madison, WI with a stop in Chicago, IL. Three distinctly different places. All successful in their own way. Northville is an old Victorian town of 6,000 …
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New Facebook Feature Lets Users Contact Elected Officials Directly Through Posts

From www.nextgov.com

It’s part of the social media giant’s efforts to connected people to government representatives.
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The Engagement Pyramid: Six Levels of Connecting People and Social Change

From groundwire.org

Civic engagement can mean a lot of different things – from the casual forwarding of a friend’s email to deep involvement on a board of directors. The most effective social change organizations understand how to wield their portfolio of engagement tactics in Zen-like fashion; knowing just what kind of touch is called for to influence the outcomes of a particular decision.
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Democracy? There’s an app for that – the tech upstarts trying to ‘hack’ British politics

From www.theguardian.com

In Newspeak House in east London, a loose coalition of young, idealistic ‘political technologists’ are trying to fix broken parts of our electoral system. Can they give voting a digital shot in the arm?
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On Growing a Startup At Civic Hall

From civichall.org

We need places like Civic Hall if we want to continue to bring non-developers into the fray. I think our technology, and our world, will be better for it.
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