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How can we use placemaking as a strategy to promote peacemaking in vulnerable cities, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa region?

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Open data is now table stakes, and any government that is not participating is behind its peers.
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In Miami no screen-glare is too strong and no beach is too sandy to escape the digital transformation taking over the city.
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Meet the 10 finalists for the first-ever Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grants. Learn about their initiatives and the people within the cities working to support them.
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India is undoubtedly on the rise - and India's cities are starting to feel the strain. Challenges of poverty, infrastructure deficits, air quality, education and safety of women are key amongst the rising agenda for action in Indian cities.
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Ahead of Park People’s first national city parks conference in Calgary this coming March 2017, Park People’s Jake Tobin Garrett caught up with keynote speaker Jay Pitter,  an author, placemaker, senior stakeholder engagement professional, and frequent Spacing contributor. Her work focuses on increasing the capacity, resources, and relationships required for co-creating more inclusive, safe, and …
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Will anyone still drive cars in years to come, or will the cars do all the driving themselves? How could technology transform our urban environments? And w
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As affordable housing pressures escalate and inventory increases, we're seeing a wide range of smart and creative approaches to housing low-income residents emerge -- from net zero units to wellness-focused complexes to places for artists to live and work. Are any of them an answer for your city?
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Communities looking to ensure engagement practices using technology are accessible and equitable will be interested in lessons PBNYC has learned while using digital tools in participatory budgeting.
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The place where government interests intersect with community-minded activists who are ready to donate their time and talents — best known as civic tech — is the public sector’s fastest-moving innovation inlet.
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Which choices would Portuguese citizens make, if only they had the time, information and ideal conditions to reflect on and debate the most important political questions of our age? 

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What journals publish articles on community engagement? To find out I did a search in two large databases (Proquest and EBSCO) for any articles in scholarly journals that had "community engagement" in their title, to identify which Journals had the most articles. I was surprised by the results. In Proquest there were 742 results and…
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With faith in government at an all-time low, it’s time for mayors, county executives and governors to do one concrete thing to make the delivery of..
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The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) is the first transit agency in Florida to directly partner with SeeClickFix Inc., a communications platform, which will allow HART riders to stay connected with HART.
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At the turn of the century, bowling league membership was down, way down, and this, to Harvard professor Robert Putnam was quite a problem. See, with the loss of bowling leagues go the friendly…
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Community groups have the power to create long-lasting change. Ioby, an organization based in New York City, New York, that works on neighborhood mobilization, recently published its "Recipes for Change" toolkit. The guide is brimming with tips on how to organize, launch, and promote community-based projects. It's a must read if you're interested in starting a community garden, tool library, or other sharing projects in your neighborhood. Here are some key points mentioned in the guide:  
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In this era of fake news and misinformation, it is good to be reminded of how the internet is being used to improve the ways in which the ideals of democracy are translated into action. One such ex…
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Democracy doesn't just have to be something students learn in textbooks. It can also be taught through participatory budgeting, a system of direct democracy and power. In an era of cutbacks and attacks on democracy, the funds for teaching participatory budgeting need to be made a priority.
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Local governments are also setting resolutions and making strategic plans for a fresh, new year. And since their constituents are holding them accountable, they’ll be far more successful in hitting their mark.

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