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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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What’s New in Civic Tech: SF Mayor Encourages Cities Nationwide to Apply for Expanded Startup in Residence Program

From www.govtech.com

Plus, Philadelphia becomes first U.S. city to map urban trails via Google Street View, Code for America developer emphasizes importance of design for the public good, and Uber begins sharing some transportation data with cities.
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Bus stops and the future of digital placemaking - CommonWealth Magazine

From commonwealthmagazine.org

Modernizing Mobility Modernizing Mobility The Future of Mobility Transportation tech isn’t easy By Joseph BarrSee all » Modernizing Mobility Modernizing Mobility The Future of Mobility One payment system is needed for all transportation By Boris KarschSee all » Modernizing Mobility Modernizing Mobility The Future of Mobility The world isn’t as flat as we thought By(...)
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How to Make San Francisco Friendly to Families

From www.spur.org

San Francisco has the lowest percentage of households with children among the 12 largest American cities. Why are families leaving and what can the city do to keep them?
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A book about the role of civic technology for the public good

From blogs.worldbank.org

Photo: World Bank The use of technology to promote citizen engagement has been described as “the next big thing”, and is often associated with adjectives such as “disruptive”, “transformational,” and “revolutionary.” Yet, in contrast with the deluge of blog posts and tweets praising technology’s role to promote smarter and more participatory governments, one finds limited evidence on the effects of technology on citizen engagement practices. Civic Tech – Assessing Technology for the Public Good is a new book that – we hope – contributes to addressing this knowledge gap. The book is comprised of one study and three field evaluations of civic tech initiatives in developing countries. The study reviews evidence on the use of twenty-three digital platforms designed to amplify citizen voices to improve service delivery. Focusing on 23 empirical studies of initiatives in the Global South, the authors highlight both citizen uptake and the degree to which public service providers respond to expressions of citizen voice.
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Showing the Algorithms Behind New York City Services

From www.nytimes.com

A city councilman is pushing to make public the code behind city decisions on everything from school assignments to trash collection.
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Crowdsourcing of public space tools – UN-Habitat

From unhabitat.org

UN-Habitat’s Public Space team is producing a new book on public space tools and we need your help! We know that there are lots of useful methodologies and approaches to public space assessment, design, planning and management out there, but as the topic has grown importance in recent years we are not aware of all of them.

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Rethinking the future of state DOTs

From www.cnu.org

Here's six ways to transform communities and revitalize our economy by repurposing state departments of transportation, which are currently organized based on an outdated 1950s model.
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12 Empowering Ways to Engage in Civic Affairs

From www.shareable.net

It's evident that there's a growing desire among people, especially here in the U.S., to get involved in civic affairs. While online organizing can be an effective means of bringing about change, there's something powerful about showing up in person to talk with public officials and connect with others who are fighting for the same causes. We've pulled together a list of 12 ways to boost civic engagement.
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Why Seattle is poised to be a leader in ‘smart city’ technology and regulations

From www.geekwire.com

New technology is helping local government create “smarter” cities in a variety of ways, from adaptive traffic lights to open data platforms to advanced…
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3 Lessons from Denmark for Investing in People and Places

From www.nrdc.org

As the United States continues to struggle with policies focused on healthcare, leaders could learn from Copenhagen that investing in people and the places in which they live might be a better strategy to improve health outcomes for everyone.
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What’s New in Civic Tech: Hawaii Launches Month-Long Innovation Competition

From www.govtech.com

Plus, Arkansas' governor announces actions aimed at fostering tech employment growth in state, and judge dismisses AT&T lawsuit against Louisville related to clearing city infrastructure for broadband providers.
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Berlin does civic tech. Großartig!

From joe-mitchell.com

I'm back in the UK (is that still a thing?) now — but I have two more EuroTrip stops to blog about.  First, Berlin. As you may know, Berlin is excellent. It also has a bit of a reputation for tech startups. And for doing interesting political things with tech. It seems a long time ago that…
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A Graphic Novel to Transform Teens Into City Planners

From www.newyorker.com

Alexandra Lange on the graphic novel “No Small Plans,” which was designed as an educational tool for teaching Chicago teen-agers about architecture and history.
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The 'Art of the Possible': Santa Monica's New Downtown Community Plan

From www.planningreport.com

The Planning Report is the insider's guide to urban planning and infrastructure in Southern California
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Designers Are Essential to Demystifying Urban Development

From www.metropolismag.com

Cassim Shepard, author of "Citymakers," on how designers can act collaboratively with activists and civil servants to make cities better.
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@BudgITng launches @CivicHive, a civic-tech accelerator and innovation space

From banews.ng

BudgIT announces launch of Civic Hive - a platform to create an intersection between citizens and the government... Civic-tech organization, BudgIT, announ
Doug Mirams's curator insight, August 17, 2017 11:58 AM
Civic Hive is a social justice accelerator in Nigeria. Their current four fellows are: 
*Amplify, by Dotun Olatoke, is a civic tech initiative that seeks to amplify the voices of the forgotten people of Nigeria and generate support for underserved communities.
* Locate by Robert Ogbogu, a platform that helps to track missing persons easily in Nigeria
* Gavel by Nelson Olanipekun,  a platform that seeks to bring transparency to the justice sector in Nigeria
* and, Open Medic by Dennis Akagha is a civic engagement platform that seeks to have an Open Inventory platform that will enhance the accessibility of essential medical consumables in health facilities and other medical outlets in Nigeria at any given time.

Research Report: Civic Tech Cities

From www.labcities.com

mySociety has published a report as a result of the Civic Tech Cities project, attempting to shed light on one of the more opaque forms of civic technology implementation, namely, the tech develope…
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Cities Should Celebrate, Not Suppress, Black Joy in Public Spaces

From nextcity.org

Op-Ed: “It is not enough to simply label a space as public and not do the work to think intentionally about the experiences that marginalized groups will have within that space.”
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Urban Design is Affecting Our Brains

From smartgrowth.org

By  Stephanie Marino via Deep Roots Design affects the brain. We know this intuitively, as we get frustrated when poor wayfinding causes us to get us lost or we feel renewed after a run in the park, but only recently are we starting to understand how and why. Our immediate environment can prompt both negative and positive effects and it’s becoming evident that the way spaces are designed can exert a strong influence on our behavior. This is especially important
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Do you believe design should be a public good?

From medium.com

After having been at Code for America for two years, attended a dozen Brigade MeetUps, and led design research for the Talent Initiative, I increasingly receive inquiries about how to concretely make…
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