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Will Smart City Technology Really Make Our Places Stronger? 

From www.strongtowns.org

App developers are promising that any citizen with a smart phone can take part in planning their city like never before. But is there more to community engagement than what you can fit within the borders of a screen?
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Civics, Civility and Community—How to Get People Re-engaged Civilly

From www.orton.org

Civics, Civility and Community—How to Get People Re-engaged Civilly by Orton Family Foundation. Heart & Soul Talks Webinar Recap
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Why creating community-led project spaces can ease social isolation

From www.shareable.net

Pantry is an excellent middle-English word for a very 21st century idea: a peer-to-peer community food collective creating larder-filling products and changing lives in one of London's poorest boroughs.Here's how the program started: enthusiastic amateur cooks in Barking and Dagenham were given expert advice on refining their favorite home recipes into sellable products, perfecting batch-cooking, developing packaging design and sourcing ingredients. Finally, tastings were arranged, and the products were tested in market stalls.
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Who Will Win the War for the Curb? The Startups Tracking How Cities Use Curb Space

From www.citylab.com

Ride-hailing companies, delivery vehicles, and electric scooters are all vying for a piece of the curb. Here's how cities can manage this increasingly precious resource.
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Fighting Bias, Block by Block – Next City

From nextcity.org

As U.S. cities grapple with the repercussions of decades of redlining and other discriminatory housing policies, MacArthur fellow Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt offers a road map for how online communities can spark meaningful dialogue between neighbors.
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Smart Cities: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

From www.govtech.com

More and more devices are plugging into your government’s corner of the Internet of Things (IoT), but are we truly implementing the right projects in 'smart' ways? Here’s what you need to know about the state of smart cities opportunities along with some potholes to avoid and questions to be answered.
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How Resilient Power Puerto Rico Is Building Sustainable Communities

From www.metropolismag.com

Metropolis spoke with architect and RPPR president Jonathan Marvel about the initiative's work and what it aims to accomplish.
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Participatory budgeting - is civic tech’s role fuelling disillusionment with democracy?

From government.diginomica.com

Panthea Lee, co-founder at Reboot US, provides a fascinating insight into how civic tech can be better used in advancing the role of participatory budgeting.
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AI, Blockchain, VR, and the Complicated Future of Democracy

From www.publicagenda.org

Too often, the people working to strengthen democracy have been caught flat-footed by the pace of new trends and innovations. All kinds of changes, many of them driven by technology, affect how we live, work, vote, interact, and get information. It’s always been difficult to understand the implications of trends in the moment, but it’s even harder today because knowledge is so vast and specialized with experts on each trend often isolated from one another, without an overarching map for everyone to see.

Rewiring Democracy: Subconscious Technologies, Conscious Engagement, and the Future of Politics is an attempt to anticipate how the next set of changes will affect democracy, map the intersections of different trends and inform how we should respond.
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Seeking the Seeds of Civic Tech in Medium-sized and Smaller Towns in NC

From cele.sog.unc.edu

In December, I started exploring if the community-local government partnerships known as civic tech can grow from a few of North Carolina’s larger cities to other parts of the state.  There are about 70 groups nationwide where volunteers use government open data to address community needs through creating free apps or other IT products. TheRead More
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Where Civic Tech Gets Inspired & Rejuvenated

From elgl.org

Inspiration, hope, and progress. These are the thoughts that come to mind when I think of Code for America Summit. I’m inspired by the stories, many successful, some still a work in progress–these stories are highlighted on the main stage as well as in other parts of the conference.

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The Secret Ingredient to a Prosperous City: Love

From citiesspeak.org

Love is more than just a feeling, though. The emotional bonds people create with their communities also have a powerful impact on economic prosperity.
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Mind the gender pay gap: Berlin women to get public transport discount

From www.theguardian.com

Gender-specific “Frauenticket” will be 21% cheaper than usual and available on 18 March in stunt to flag German pay gap
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5 Civic Tech podcasts you should listen to today

From www.citizenlab.co

5 insightful civic tech podcasts handpicked by the CitizenLab team to help you stay on top of what's new in the field of digital democracy.
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What’s New in Civic Tech: Kamala Harris Introduces Tech Bill

From www.govtech.com

Plus, Stanford University policy lab releases data on millions of U.S. traffic stops; three takeaways from Open Data Day 2019; and San Antonio passes a new cross-agency data-sharing agreement.
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A Fix for Electric Scooter Sidewalk Chaos: Solar Docks

From www.citylab.com

Cities are desperate to tame the sidewalk chaos of the e-scooter industry. One startup offers a solar-powered parking solution.
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Our cities need to help us participate in government

From www.sfchronicle.com

Los Angeles is a city of 4 million people. And it might soon launch a tiny office — of as many as eight people — to help those residents better participate in their government. And in California, this would be a big advance. Because while governance in our state is as complicated as a Google algorithm, we offer precious little assistance to Californians who seek to engage with it. In our state, the people who run for office, vote, and participate in other ways (from attending public meetings to protesting) are whiter, richer and better educated than the state population as a whole.
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The Smart Cities of the Future Are Already Taking Off

From singularityhub.com

1,000 smart city pilots are under construction or in their final planning stages across the globe, driving forward countless visions of the future.
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Build to lead: How Lego bricks can make you a better leader

From www.oreilly.com

Explore Lego Serious Play, a proven tool for boosting both individual and team productivity.
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New User Experiences for Cycling

From vimeo.com

New User Experiences for Cycling is a speculative design film produced by the Future Cities Catapult. The short film proposes five sketch prototypes of potential new cycling experiences based on existing or near-future technologies. These were conceived in response to challenges such as wayfinding, safety or air quality.
New User Experiences for Cycling is a speculative design film produced by the Future Cities Catapult. The short film proposes five sketch prototypes of potential new cycling experiences based on existing or near-future technologies. These were conceived in response to challenges such as wayfinding, safety or air quality.
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What Can Civic Tech Learn From Social Movements?

From www.omidyar.com

For over a decade, Omidyar Network has been supporting and investing in the civic tech sector.  From the very early days we have backed the most talented entrepreneurs who are seeking to use technology to empower citizens or make government more accessible, efficient, and effective. In this time, we’ve invested nearly $90 million in 35 nonprofit and for-profit organizations
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