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5 Secret Santa gifts for your Community Engagement Geek

From www.engage2act.org

Christmas is close and the office party is looming. Kris Kringle or Secret Santa strikes dread in the heart of many across the world. What can you buy for the community engagement geek in the office?

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How will autonomous vehicles change the way architects think about cities?

From archpaper.com

With self-driving cars only 20–30 years away from reaching the mainstream, architects and planners must lay out an equitable vision of the future.
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This Underground Urban Farm Also Heats The Building Above It

From www.fastcompany.com

Truly local food is when it’s grown in your basement. Plantagon CityFarm wants to create a network of underground urban farms–and whole skyscrapers filled with plants.
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San Antonio Launches CivTechSA, a Variation of STiR with an Emphasis on Students

From www.govtech.com

This new program incorporates the city’s government, tech community and local schools, starting at junior high and extending up to the university level.
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How Bots Broke the FCC's Public Comment System

From www.wired.com

The FCC's net neutrality public comment period was overrun with bots, making it all but impossible for any one voice to be heard. That's not how this is supposed to work.
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Resilience and Globalization: Don’t Lose Sight of the Benefits

From newcities.org

If the future holds out the prospect of more floods and severe storms, of droughts and fresh water shortages, we need more globalization, not less. Why? Because globalization is the key both to greater resilience when disaster hits, and to the changes in lifestyle and technology which will enable us to reduce vulnerability and make …
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Neighborhood involvement is a critical factor in the sharing of hyperlocal news, research shows

From localnewslab.org

In a survey of 1,880 readers of seven hyperlocal news sites throughout the U.S., the authors found that news from hyperlocal news sites is shared more frequently via word-of-mouth than through either email or social media.
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The Inconvenient Truth about Smart Cities

From blogs.scientificamerican.com

Plans for more wired, networked, connected urban areas face challenges if they fail to account for existing, local, non-digital elements such as government and socioeconomic conditions
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Civic Tech: Leveraging Technology for Citizens and Governments in Africa 

From www.seedstars.com

In Uganda, 4 years ago, the government launched “Know Your Budget” portal to allow citizens to give feedback and ask questions about the national budget. In Rwanda, your business can be…View Post
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Public Art: Project vs. Process

From www.strongtowns.org

Just as we at Strong Towns do not have a formula or solution for productive growth, but rather an approach to development, I believe that effective art is more about process, than project.

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How to Turn a Major Road Into a Pedestrian Dream

From www.citylab.com

London’s plans for Oxford Street show that even the busiest roads can ban vehicles—but there's one major misstep.
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Winter 2017/2018 Internship Positions Announced – Center for Applied Community Engagement

From www.caceinstitute.org

We are currently looking to hire for two internship positions:

Content & Data Research Intern
Communications Intern
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Three Benefits Of Mobilising Bikeshare Data And Journey Planners

From www.huffingtonpost.co.uk

It is now ten years since the launch of the world's first large scale bike-sharing scheme, Velib in Paris. Since then, a thousand other schemes have been launched - bikeshare systems are no
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Farm to Doorstep: Why 'Agrihoods' Are the Next Big Trend in Real Estate- Livability

From livability.com

Forget neighborhoods; the next generation of homebuyers want to live in agrihoods. Here's the scoop.
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What Data Means for Madison, Wisconsin: A new collaboration with the Sunlight Foundation

From reboot.org

Announcing the launch of a new project to connect data to resident needs and build more “complete” neighborhoods.
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The importance of a digital strategy in Urban Cycling Management

From medium.com

City Makers will be at the Smart City World Expo in Barcelona next week, offering our consultancy and tech development services for cities. We are open to any request related to civic tech…
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Post-Hurricane Harvey, Houston’s Civic Tech Community Flourished

From www.govtech.com

Jeff Reichman, co-founder of January Advisors, discussed the aftermath of the devastating hurricane and how the tech community came together to help.
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An incubator for participatory democracy

From www.coe.int

The incubator supports initiatives - digital and offline - that contribute to the redistribution of political power towards citizens, and that support the broadest possible citizen participation in the cities’ decision-making procedures. The incubator builds an open infrastructure to boost democracy for inclusive and innovative cities.
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Civic Tech: Sidewalk Labs is selling quality of life, but is Toronto buying?

From torontoist.com

Never Too Soon for Mission Creep At Sidewalk Lab’s first public meeting last Wednesday, both CEO Dan Doctoroff and Waterfront Toronto’s Will Fleissig spoke
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Imagining Equity: Minneapolis 2040's Unique Mobile Engagement Tool

From www.minneapolis2040.com

Minneapolis artists Molly Van Avery and Mike Hoyt have designed and built a mobile engagement tool called Imagining Equity that invites people to draw or write their ideas about a Minneapolis in 2040 that is healing and reconciling from the negative impacts of inequity. Molly and Mike designed this tool in collaboration with City staff to inform the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan Update. You can interact with Imagining Equity at events throughout the summer, including Juneteenth, Somali Indenpendence Day, and several Open Streets events around the city.
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Sit back, relax, and enjoy a ride through the history of self-driving cars

From www.digitaltrends.com

From a 1920s stunt in downtown New York to Google's Waymo, here are the events you should know about from the history of self-driving cars.
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5 new tech books for urbanists

From citiscope.org

As it comes to urbanization and technology, to paraphrase the late rock-and-roller, the future is wide open. As the authors of the following five books — which stretch well beyond the confines of Silicon Valley — demonstrate, it is becoming increasingly difficult to think about new technologies and not consider urban spaces, and just as hard to think about new cities without weighing the great technology-delivered uncertainties to come.

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Who Wins When a City Gets Smart?

From www.citylab.com

Last year, Columbus, Ohio, won a $50 million grant for high-tech transportation innovation, with a promise to help its most vulnerable families. Now some worry their needs are fading into the background.
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