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What Can Public Spaces Offer to the Globally Displaced?

From medium.com

While there is no one park or town square that can accommodate 22.5 million people, which is the global refugee population according to recent UN estimates, public spaces can still play a key role in addressing today’s global refugee crisis. In a time where more and more people are being forced out of their homes, many are fighting displacement with place. As a source of stability and social interaction in a new city, public spaces are where healing and connection often happen for refugees and recent immigrants.
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How to Get in Front of the Future: Anticipatory Planning

From blog.altaplanning.com

It is imperative upon our industry to develop new tools and planning approaches to help manage uncertainty and leverage technology to design communities that stand the test of time while delivering multiple benefits.
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Leveling Up Civic Tech with “Civic Hall” 

From medium.com

There’s a crackle of anticipation when the group of civic hackers from Taiwan push the door buzzer to enter the Civic Hall working space in New York City’s Flatiron district. They enter the building…
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AR Is Transforming Tech. What Can It Do for Cities?

From datasmart.ash.harvard.edu

If it isn’t already there, augmented reality is coming to a device near you. Cities need to work to ensure that AR makes the leap from “cool experience,” to a technology that improves residents’ lives.
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How Participatory Data Collection is Shaping China’s Mobility & Climate Policy

From meetingoftheminds.org

Ms. Xumei Chen works as one of the key research fellows in the China Urban Sustainable Transportation Research Center (CUSTReC), an international think tank on urban transport under Ministry of Transportation, China. In early July, Meeting of the Minds Consultant and Writer Kate O’Brien connected with Ms. Chen to learn about her research and policy work focused on public transport systems in her rapidly urbanizing country.
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Bringing Play to Public Spaces 

From medium.com

Our ideas of playful public spaces have long been restricted to playgrounds and parks. Due to the notions of adulthood that have been perpetuated, we fail to even expect playful environments around…
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Civic Wants, Civic Needs, Civic Tech

From medium.com

I just spent a fascinating few days at the Code for America summit where we had the opportunity to learn about many projects occurring at the intersection of technopole and civitas: the conceptual…
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Charles Marohn of Strong Towns asks: Is Public Engagement Worthless?

From www.strongtowns.org

It is the experiences of real people that should guide our planning efforts. Their actions are the data we should be collecting, not their stated preferences.
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You’re Not Stuck In Traffic You Are Traffic - Design as Participation

From jods.mitpress.mit.edu

You’re Not Stuck In Traffic You Are Traffic - This started with a drivetime conversation about contemporary design with Joi Ito. We were stuck in traffic, and in our conversation, a question emerged about designers: This new generation of designers that work with complex adaptive systems. Why are they so much more humble than their predecessors who designed, you know, stuff?

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Elevation: a film about how drones will change cities

From www.dezeen.com

Drones will transform cities, revolutionising how people travel, how goods are delivered and how buildings look and are constructed, according to a film by Dezeen
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Coastal cities are already suffering from “climate gentrification”

From www.fastcompany.com

Climate change will sink cities, but first it will make them expensive

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Civic tech needs more funders — start by telling my stepmom that

From medium.com

If you ask the average person on the street about ‘civic tech’, it’s very likely they won’t know what you’re talking about. I’ve tried it and most people I’ve questioned, young or old, won’t even…
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How an 18th Century Social Entrepreneur Named Ben Franklin is Inspiring Civic Innovation Today

From www.seechangemagazine.com

Benjamin Franklin’s belief in the power of citizens to improve themselves and their communities has impacted many
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Moving Community Foundation Dollars from Wall Street to Main Street – Next City

From nextcity.org

A growing movement sees community foundations invest in local financial institutions and development projects, empowering entrepreneurship in the underserved communities that need it most.
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How to encourage young people to be active citizens

From medium.com

I was recently invited to speak at the European Youth Event in Strasbourg, an event that sees almost 10,000 young people pour into the European Parliament for a whole weekend. I shared my thoughts on…
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The Future of Open Data and Its Relationship with the Private Sector

From www.govloop.com

This post discusses the role that the private sector can and should play in ensuring open data reaches its fullest potential in the public arena.
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Six or Seven Things Social Media Can Do For Democracy

From thegovlab.org

Ethan Zuckerman: “I am concerned that we’ve not had a robust conversation about what we want social media to do for us. We know what social media does for platform companies like Facebook and Twitter: it generates enormous masses of user-generated content that can be monetized with advertising, and reams of behavioral data that make …
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Smart cities: Digital solutions for a more livable future | McKinsey Report

From www.mckinsey.com

Learn how dozens of smart cities applications can perform in different types of urban settings, including a snapshot of technology deployment in 50 cities around the world.
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‘People Need To Participate in the Design of Things That Are Meant for Them.’

From www.aspeninstitute.org

This interview with Eric Gordon, Professor, Department of Visual and Media Arts, Emerson College; Founding Executive Director, Engagement Lab, is the fifteenth in the Center for Urban Innovation's Listening to Inclusive Innovators series.
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In the Age of Trump, Civics Courses Make a Comeback

From www.nytimes.com

Schools that traded history and government for more science and technology are rethinking the calculation, hoping to create a new generation of activists.
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Dockless bikes: Are they bad for station-based bike-sharing systems?

From www.curbed.com

Two studies show where bike-share ridership in the U.S. might be headed.
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We Need to Talk About the Far-Out Future of Cities

From www.citylab.com

How do we shift our mindsets? How do we think about our urban historical past? Mayors, thought leaders, and practitioners weigh in.
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