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In Detroit, data transparency is key. Since declaring bankruptcy in 2013 the city has turned to technology to improve communication and boost morale among its communities. A new open data portal shares information—around policy, public safety, and transportation—in an attempt to increase civic engagement.
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Citizen satisfaction with digital government services has doubled in two years, says Accenture.
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As parents, how do we model how to be good citizens? There is no "one size fits all" model for civics engagement.
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The initiative's leader shares his aspirations as the next round kicks off this week.
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Red tape has been holding Florida entrepreneurs back. A new initiative in Gainesville streamlines the process of starting a new business. By eliminating pain points for first time business owners, the city hopes to encourage creativity and competitiveness.
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A new study by William Eggers finds cities that tap the wisdom of the masses can maximize the impact of smart technology investments.
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Welcome back to Kittelson’s Corner my (now) weekly musings on things I think are interesting or important, especially in local government nerd-dom. Alright, let’s go. Book Review: The Blood o…
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The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) is a public benefit corporation whose mission is to improve human health and well-being in buildings and communities across the world through its WELL Building Standard (WELL).
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A detailed guide from Harvard helps governments protect residents’ personal information in open-data initiatives.
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Learn how to sequence discussions and write discussion materials in the latest entry in our series on better public participation and engagement.
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Vast amounts of useful information can be found on government Web sites, but it's often impossible to make sense of it
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Last week we hosted the first webinar of our new series, Implementation & Equity 201: The Path Forward to Complete Streets. Together with Voices for Healthy Kids and the American Public Health Association, we explored “The Role of Public Health in Complete Streets”. Watch the full video recording of the webinar above, or download the … Continued
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New resources available for cities that aim to develop and kick-start a robust public engagement strategy.
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Huddersfield is weird. To the casual visitor it looks a lot like many towns in Britain- ethnically diverse, fairly deprived, getting on with it. There’s no outward hallmarks of thriving civic…
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America has become a politically divided and fractured country. How and where do we start to rebuild the social fabric essential to our democracy?
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Jane Mordue, the newly appointed permanent chair of Healthwatch England, explains why listening to feedback from the public is much more likely to help NHS and social care leaders make the right decis
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No one wants to live in a “dumb” city.  But I question whether anyone ought to want to live in a really smart city either.  I’d prefer to just live in a smarter city -- one that puts my privacy and security first before rolling out ubiquitous sensors and broad-scale data collection in the name of some larger public good.

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