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Behind Australia’s First Code for Smart Communities

From sourceable.net

Australia's long-awaited push toward smart communities is set to get a boost thanks to a new code currently being drawn up.
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A Framework for Local Action on Climate Change

From www.americanprogress.org

As economic disparities and climate change risks rise, mayors must develop solutions that build resilient communities, create new economic opportunities, and support racial justice.
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What Does an 8 80 City Mean to Torontonians

From www.880cities.org

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn This was a busy summer for the 8 80 Cities team. We spent the last few months working on different projects, in Canada, the U.S. and abroad. From Ajax to San Jose to Miami (just to name a few), we’ve hoste
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Startup Profile: Social Coin, Civic Engagement Platform based on Deep Learning through a Blockchain rewards system

From www.thestartupnetwork.co

We provide governments and organisations with a new way to recognise action within their community that makes a positive impact on society.

Our tool is the social coin, a cryptocurrency based on the actions of people and the positive impact this action makes.
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Collective Intelligence: the Antidote to Post Truth

From www.oecd-forum.org

#CollectiveIntelligence is the antidote to the #PostTruth era characterised by political manipulation & populism , media misinformation & manipulation, an absence of ethical & moral fibre that made for "good character" all of which have led us inexorably it seems to colletive stupidity. Time to turn the corner.
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Virtual flowers and tomatoes: citizen participation in Taiwan

From waag.org

Through platforms such as vTaiwan and Pol.is, the democracy of Taiwan is starting to make moves towards becoming one of the first liquid democracies in the world. This development did not happen out of nowhere.
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The Participation Revolution | Open Government Partnership

From www.opengovpartnership.org

The falling levels of public trust in public institutions we see all over the world should be a wake-up call for those of us who support open government. But to rebuild trust we need to rebuild governance from the ground up, and put citizens (back) at the heart of institutions.
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Three Exemplary Design Projects for Civic Health

From citiesspeak.org

These green urban design projects are meant to improve civic health — a key component of great public spaces.
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How I survived my very first hackathon (and why you can, too)

From technical.ly

Author Miriam Peskowitz arrived at Code for Philly's hackathon last fall armed with a Github account but no idea what “fork” meant. Here's her story.
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Disaster Recovery’s Essential Tool: Data

From www.governing.com

In the aftermath of catastrophes like Harvey and Irma, reliable, transparent information can guide a democratic and inclusive rebuilding effort.
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Seattle Looks to Tech to Make Life Better for Aging Citizens

From www.govtech.com

City officials will work with the Age-Friendly Seattle Initiative to create a hackathon with a specific focus for technologists to address.
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National Day of Civic Hacking 2017 this weekend

From www.codeforamerica.org

Calling all public servants, people with technology skills, and community organizers: National Day of Civic Hacking is your opportunity to show that government can work in the 21st century if we all build it together. Find an event near you and make a meaningful impact on some of your community’s toughest challenges. 
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Bridging the Data Divide One Resource at a Time

From civichall.org

How’s this for a napkin equation? For every ten articles pronouncing data “the new oil,” we have one example of data science being used for the public good. Among those expanding community organizations’ ability to do that work are, of course, well-known groups like DataKind and the Sunlight Foundation. One you might be less familiar …
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Boston Promotes Youth Civic Advocacy Through Pokémon GO

From blogs.microsoft.com

During the months of July and August, the Engagement Lab at Emerson College and ENGAGE Boston, in partnership with the City of Boston and Niantic, Inc, the publisher and developer of the interactive mobile game Pokémon GO, launched a youth-led, city-wide creative competition to promote equitable representation of Boston neighborhoods in the popular mobile game, Pokémon GO.
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San José Innovation Challenge Leads to Graffiti-Cleaning Drone

From www.routefifty.com

The next round of the contest will look at how the city can improve the way it orders evacuations ahead of serious flooding.
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Rebuilding Houston: Tech Tools Connect a City to Shelter, Food, & More

From www.xconomy.com

Houston---The storm waters from Harvey have nearly receded. Now, the painstaking work of rebuilding lives is underway. As the storm made landfall, Houston’
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Building Community Power: Democracy at the Local Level

From ncg.org

At a time when many are looking for bright spots when it comes to democracy, this session will introduce funders to new efforts in California to reimagine democracy at the local level. These new tools for community power and democracy are broadening political participation for traditionally disenfranchised groups, expanding civic engagement beyond elections, and creating new platforms for making government more responsive, accountable, and equitable.Organizations like the Participatory Budgeting Project, the Advancement Project, and Healthy Democracy are confronting chaos at the national scale head-on. They’re creating sessions to reframe how local communities can positively impact our democracy beyond elections; increasing community voice and accountability; increasing transparency and accessibility in the California initiative system; and advancing an equity agenda.
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Heart & Soul Talks: Create Comp Plans that Rock with Resident Input

From www.eventbrite.ca

Eventbrite - Orton Family Foundation presents Heart & Soul Talks: Create Comp Plans that Rock with Resident Input - Thursday, October 19, 2017 - Find event and registration information.
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How to Improve Charrettes

From www.planetizen.com

In participatory planning, there is no planning without several events known as charrettes, which you probably already knew. Less likely to be common knowledge, however, is how charrettes can live up to their promise in the planning process. In participatory planning, there is no planning without several events known as charrettes, which you probably already knew. What's not clear, however, is how charrettes can live up to their promise in the planning process.
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Who’s at the popular table? Our analysis found which open data the public likes.

From sunlightfoundation.com

We compared open data from 141 cities and states to figure out what information sets residents want most. Here’s what we found.
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Bus Stops and the Future of Digital Placemaking

From meetingoftheminds.org

As two officials of a distressed public agency facing down the consequences of a long history of underinvestment, we are acutely sensitive to the need to get things done on a budget. We are also technologists, which brings us to the idea and potential of digital placemaking for mobility infrastructure: the repurposing of web, mobile and other software and hardware tools to bring new value to the places around the physical nodes and artifacts of the transit system. Digital tools are often limited to a public engagement role in placemaking. We believe that they can play an important role in transit agency efforts to make its physical infrastructure work better for people.
Christopher Ray's curator insight, May 20, 2018 2:20 PM
Using technology to plan city infrastructure like transportation is extremely useful. By analyzing the busiest routes for a bus or finding the ideal location for stops, the city can utilize technology to make the city run as efficiently as possible.

Film As Catalyst for Innovation in Urban Planning

From www.newamerica.org

The seventh in a series of blog posts by #RiseLocal speakers writing about inspiring examples of local innovation.
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The Future of Civic Engagement

From citiesspeak.org

How did a small community of less than ten thousand residents begin to increase public engagement in a way that is helpful to both local officials and constituents? This is a guest post by Nick Mastronardi and Alex Pedersen. There is incredible wisdom and powerful data when civic engagement is done right. But when it’s…
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CiviComment now offers a free plan, aims to simplify public or stakeholder reviews

From www.urbaninteractivestudio.com

Exciting news, CiviComment now has a free plan to support smaller projects or pilot initiatives. We're introducing the free plan and our updated pricing tiers at this week's IAP2 Conference in Denver

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