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Eric Gordon on Valuing the Inefficiencies of Civic Life

From civichall.org

A discussion of play, meaning, smart cities and civic life with Eric Gordon, professor and director of the Engagement Lab at Emerson College.
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Don’t Hide From Your Community: Embrace Transparency as a Tool to Deepen Engagement

From medium.com

When we talk about transparency in journalism we tend to discuss it in terms of the people and institutions we cover, or as an alternative to unrealistic notions of objectivity. However, transparency…
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We've been committed to progressing high quality community engagement during 2017. Seriously.

From www.engage2act.org

What a year! Community engagement is gaining MASSIVE momentum as a sector, a profession and a passion. Heading to the end of year, I'm wondering what was your high point in the world of Engage 2 Act during 2017?

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What's New in Civic Tech: Open Data Saves Connecticut $500,000

From www.govtech.com

Plus, Atlanta throws a smart city coming-of-age party; Palo Alto, Calif., explores using drones to bring blood samples to hospitals; and a new project builds on Cincinnati’s opioid data work to predict heroin overdose risk.
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Exploring Civic Engagement Today Through Gaming and Technology

From www.santamonica.gov

What do Pokemon Go, self-driving vehicles, and Minecraft have in common?
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Great idea: Multidisciplinary design charrette

From www.cnu.org

A time-compressed design process that gathers all of the stakeholders and practitioners together has great potential for creating more holistic communities, experts say.
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Focusing on the Future: From Aspirations to Actions in Galesburg, IL

From www.orton.org

After nearly a year spent gathering input about what matters most to them, residents of Galesburg, Illinois, came together to brainstorm ways to turn aspirations into actions. More than 200 resident
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How the French Parliament crowdsourced ideas for its reforms on an open source platform

From medium.com

The new Legislature of the French National Assembly, which started in June 2017, is tackling several reforms with 7 working groups that aim to renew the way the Parliament functions by the end of the…
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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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