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The Significance of Young, Diverse Voices in Public Policy

From citiesspeak.org

How can we encourage young adults - particularly those of color, an often underrepresented demographic - to engage in the election process?
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Code for America at 10: Reflections on a Decade of Tech-Driven Engagement

From civichall.org

Jennifer Pahlka founded Code for America 10 years ago, and as she recently announced plans to step down, it's time to look back (and forward) at its work.
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The Use of “Storytelling” to Build Community #localgov

From elgl.org

This is the power of storytelling. It’s not the events you host or the broadcast of what the [insert local government here] is doing for its residents that generates this type of community experience and buy-in. It is the stories that we share, the personal connections made between individuals, that build communities where people want to live, work and play.
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Reimagining cities from the internet up

From www.sidewalklabs.com

Over the past year, Sidewalk Labs conducted a detailed thought experiment on the future of cities. Here’s what we learned, and how we hope to accelerate urban innovation.
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A real smart city doesn’t look like something from a science fiction movie

From www.citymetric.com

An abandoned mine shaft beneath the town of Mansfield, England is an unlikely place to shape the future of cities. But here, researchers from the nearby University of Nottingham are planning to launch a “deep farm” that could produce ten times as much food as farms above ground. Deep farms are an example of what the latest wave of smart cities look like: putting people first by focusing on solving urban problems and improving existing infrastructure, rather than opening shiny new buildings.
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The power of diversity: How local action can deliver on the global goals

From talkofthecities.iclei.org

This week in New York, heads of state and government have come together at the UN headquarters for two dedicated Summits on climate action and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As they gath…
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Cities want technology vendors that listen, not just 'sell stuff'

From statescoop.com

Officials have long complained of companies that offer products in search of a problem. New procurement strategies are cropping up as a result.
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How Taiwan's online democracy may show future of humans and machines

From www.smh.com.au

The speed our society evolves has passed the speed of legislation, but it can catch up. The internet could be the facilitation, and AI could be the catalyst.
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A Challenge Too Big For Big Plans

From www.strongtowns.org

We chose Memphis to kick off the Strong America Tour for a reason: the city is both an object lesson in what has gone wrong in American cities, and what could go right. And Memphis’s example helps us see why in places that are going to experience a renaissance, it’s going to come from the grassroots
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Designing Digital Technologies for Civic-Engagement amidst social media

From medium.com

While Facebook and Twitter are the dominant platforms for public discourse, governments are grappling with how policy discussions may be kept from going wayward. Much like Mr. Toad’s wild ride, the…
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Microsoft Could Open Up Governments Tomorrow

From medium.com

Word. Microsoft Word. The wordprocessing software that’s been around longer than some of us have been alive. It’s the software government runs on. But it’s also the software holding back governments…
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Teaching Community Changemaking Through Art

From springboardexchange.org

Artists are everywhere, on every block and in every community. Finding the opportunities for artists to share their creativity and …
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The Global Catastrophe Will Be Solved by Local Communities

From medium.com

We are at a point where climate chaos, economic inequity and social alienation are converging into an unprecedented catastrophe. People everywhere realize that current efforts to address these…
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Experience design in cities: 3 design trends that improve connectivity, community and collaboration

From medium.com

It is an exciting time to be an experience designer. With the recognition that human-centered design is necessary across multiple industries and thought-leaders pushing the urgent need for…
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UN Climate Report's Dire Warning to Coastal Cities

From www.citylab.com

A UN report warns extreme weather events that historically happened about once in 100 years could hit coastal cities yearly by 2050. Cities need to prepare now.
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Young people aren’t the problem with civic participation. We’re the solution.

From thefulcrum.us

Recent research paints a bleak picture of young people's participation in civil service.

Just 7 percent of federal government employees are younger than 30 — even though, according to some estimates, millennials will soon make up three-quarters of the country's workforce.
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Can Berlin's 'Smart City' Showcase Data Privacy?

From www.citylab.com

The German company Siemens is launching an ambitious adaptive reuse project to revitalize its historic corporate campus, with a very modern data-collecting twist.
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We’re Going to Need a Bigger Tent

From www.codeforamerica.org

Lessons on delivery-driven government from Jennifer Pahlka at Code for America Summit

Doug Mirams's curator insight, September 28, 8:47 AM

Good problem to have.

Thinking outside the box on data users – engaging non-technical audiences in open data work

From sunlightfoundation.com

Sunlight’s Open Cities team helps cities develop open data policies and effectively engage communities with open data through our flagship Tactical Data Engagement (TDE) method, but, inevitably, most engagement methods for open data attract data users with experience reading or using data on their o
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No-one told me how to run a civic tech organisation.

From medium.com

When I grow up, I want to run an NGO and spend my day dealing with admin, finance, and HR. I want to spend time worrying about how to pay employee salaries, writing funding proposals and narrative…
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This Is Why People Should Stop Hating Scooters

From www.citylab.com

Electric scooters draw a lot of hate, but if supported well by cities, they have the potential to provide a widespread and beneficial mode of transportation.
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Urban Nighttime Design: Bridging the Gap Between Community and Technology

From newcities.org

A fresh approach to environmental design after dark aims to increase social and physical activity in public space—addressing both day and night workers. The intended outcome is better health, in part, through walkability and economic vitality. Nighttime design is a time-based discipline that addresses complex conditions, from dusk to dawn, through education, research pilots and …
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How Technology Is Changing the Way We Perceive Democracy

From psmag.com

New innovations are forcing citizens to revisit some foundational questions of governance about who should be shaping the future of the country.
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