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Making the Spaces of Cities Smarter: Why cities should embrace the digital public realm

From medium.com

Smart cities have long been discussed as conceptual ideas for how cities should be and what they could do. Rarely is the concept broken down into something that provides substantive meaning to the average city-dweller. Indeed ‘smartness’ for many, is far removed from their everyday life, rather just a hidden network of sensors and connectors.
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We Are All Catalysts: Part One – How We Can Amplify and Broaden Dialogue and Deliberation Work

From ncdd.org

The upcoming 2018 NCDD conference in Denver seeks to “catalyze the catalysts” by asking how we can work together to broaden the use and amplify the impacts of dialogue and deliberation efforts locally and globally.

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Five reasons to get excited about Toronto’s new Civic Innovation Office

From medium.com

In Canada’s largest city, a new Civic Innovation Office is doing procurement differently. They’re inviting entrepreneurs, innovators and other from outside of City Hall to participate in the process.
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Historical Preservation: What's worth saving?

From www.cityartsmagazine.com

In a city changing under our feet, holding onto the past can be an existential endeavor. But what gets preserved? Historical buildings associated with minorities are less likely to get landmarked—so some are working to set the record straight. [...]Rea
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Who is winning the World Series Placemaking Battle?

From medium.com

While the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox fight on the field the latest version of a long hallowed city rivalry that includes names like Ruth, Magic, Bird, Pierce, Bryant and many more, we…
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Cities Are Making the Rules on Driverless Vehicles

From www.citylab.com

While federal and state governments take a back seat, cities are driving the regulation of autonomous vehicles.
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Slow Process, Fast Action: Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper, Kinder

From www.pps.org

“We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say, ‘It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.’ Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.” —Fred Rogers
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How to innovate in Smart Cities with AI

From meetingoftheminds.org

I envision a blended “future of work” that includes automation and augmentation — with the latter in the form of “decision support” tools that speed up and improve human performance, rather than compete with it. Computers are good at computing, surfacing potential decisions – and humans are good at context, or understanding the situational environment. When these two attributes are combined, it results in good judgement.
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Doing data differently – Greensboro’s evolving open data program

From sunlightfoundation.com

The City of Greensboro, North Carolina used public requests for information to help build an open data portal that was responding directly to residents’ needs. The City took a resident-informed approach to open data, and as a result, has seen public records requests drop off in comparison to nationa
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What’s New in Civic Tech: New Directory Maps the Top Civic Innovation Labs

From www.govtech.com

Plus, Philadelphia selects internal innovation grant recipients; The New York Times maps every building in America; and the Durham, N.C., iTeam looks to use human-centered design to improve city forms.
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Newsroom to YouTube: Five Tips for Scalable Community Engagement

From icma.org

Facebook live, citizen surveys, virtual meetings, oh my! From the newsroom to YouTube, jurisdictions face a maze of social media when they want to engage with the community. The Institute for Local Government explains that cities and counties are trying to connect with residents through nontraditional methods in order to reach community members where they are.
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Beware of this four letter word when analysing community responses

From articulous.com.au

You may have heard that online surveys are dead. Even though you’re constantly being bombarded with emails and website pop ups requesting your valuable input in the form of an online survey. How ma…
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Streets Aren’t the Only Thing That Connects Your City —

From www.strongtowns.org

In Akron, Ohio an alternative-news monthly called The Devil Strip serves to identify, connect and inspire people throughout the community. The newspaper helps bring Akronites together to envision and shape the city’s future.
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The Mexican town that refused to become a smart city | Cities

From www.theguardian.com

A small town in Mexico was down to be one of the country’s first smart cities – but residents saw it as an attempt to westernise and leave tradition behind
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Data for Democracy harnesses the powers of big data for civic good

From www.shareable.net

Data for Democracy is a grassroots community dedicated to using the tools of Data Science to create a positive social impact. Imagine a bunch of digital activists running around the Internet analyzing alt-right Twitter bot networks and collecting data on immigration and family separations for the National Immigration Law Center, and you'll have a pretty good idea what this group does.
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Inclusive design, accessible design, universal design: What's what?

From www.fastcompany.com

In the new book Mismatch, designer Kat Holmes demystifies the buzzy design process embraced by companies

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How to Turn a Car Town into a Cycling City – Next City

From nextcity.org

Lessons from the Dutch, where the number of bikes exceeds the number of people.
Jim Gramata's curator insight, October 16, 2018 1:30 PM

Building around alternative modes of transportation...

A How-To Manual for Fixing Badly Planned Cities

From www.citylab.com

An excerpt from Jeff Speck’s Walkable City Rules, a step-by-step guide to fixing America’s cities and towns.
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The Civic Tech and Data Collaborative Guide to Civic Tech & Data Ecosystem Mapping

From medium.com

Ecosystems are dynamic networks that emerge through connections between many actors. Civic tech and data ecosystems are shaped by interactions between local actors who use or create data and technology to improve civic life, specifically government services and other policies and programs that affect low-income residents. To better support and leverage local connections, ecosystem mapping is a process that allows people to visualize their network and understand how each organization in the community contributed or could contribute to common goals.
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Can We Tell a Truer Story about Civic Tech?

From civichall.org

The Personal Democracy Forum conference has always been a celebration of technology’s role transforming politics and redefining democracy. But this year’s celebration included particularly strong notes of caution, like danah boyd’s talk on the unintended consequences of code, Mark Surman’s warning that internet freedom is shrinking and Mariana Ruiz Firmat’s reminder that equity within our organizations …
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The new ways to get citizens involved in urban design

From www.smh.com.au

Are they a game or are they an app? Whichever, they offer a new approach to getting citizens involved in the crucial business of urban design.
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Civic tech: a movement in its "unruly teenage years"

From apolitical.co

This opinion piece was written by Grace O’Hara, the head of marketing at civic tech organisation Code for Australia.  Civic tech is a global movement of people working collaboratively with their governments to make the world a better place, and it’s well and truly in its unruly teenage years. As a community we’ve learnt how to walk, talk and for the most part, survive
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Uniquely Different: How we make civic tech “work” in our small city 

From medium.com

August 18th marked the fifth year Code for Asheville has participated in the National Day of Civic Hacking. Members of the Asheville community showed up to learn how to request public records…
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Desire paths: the illicit trails that defy the urban planners 

From www.theguardian.com

When cities lack the paths pedestrians need, people vote with their feet
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