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Top Tips for Inclusive Community Engagement

From www.orton.org

There is no such thing as the “general public”.
Know who your community is (demographics, stakeholders, networks) and how they get their information

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Navigating the field of civic tech

From medium.com

Technology, when combined with the human spirit, has the ability to revolutionize entire industries and the world as a whole — indeed, it already has countless times over. When it comes to…
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Urban farming has arrived: here's four ways to make a success of it

From apolitical.co

For the country dwellers of the past, moving from whichever rural hamlet they lived in to the big city was a way to escape a life on the farm. But nowadays, if you move to the city, you might end up on the farm regardless. On the rooftops of tower blocks, floating on waterways or even underground in former air raid shelters, urbanites ar
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Creating Open-Source Projects Companies Want to Sponsor

From www.govtech.com

No-cost app development and rampant replication sounds like a civic tech pipe dream, but one organization is making it a reality.
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5 Ways Community Gardens Can Help Your City or County

From icma.org

This week is National Gardening Week, and at first glance, you might think gardening has little to do with local government. There are initiatives like community gardens. However, that can serve an important culture and economic role for local governments. 

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6 Essential Smart City Technologies | Smart & Resilient Cities

From www.smartresilient.com

Technological literacy is key to turn a city into a smart city which is well connected, sustainable and resilient.
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Free video resources for engagement, group decision making and deliberation

From www.mosaiclab.com.au

Free instructional videos for you to use with your group, team or organisation.  Great for preparing a group for a facilitated process (Such as a community engagement workshop or activity), for training purposes or to enhance your internal presentation to your team.
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Participatory placemaking: concepts, methods and practices

From blog.placemanagement.org

Editorial by Prof Ares Kalandides In the history of urban planning, we have seen regular paradigm shifts that often reflect broader societal developments as much as disciplinary trends and fashions. Few feuds in the discipline have reached the emblematic status that had the one between Robert Moses
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The Seven Steps Data-Savvy Governments Are Taking

From www.govtech.com

The role of the chief data officer continues to expand and become more entrenched in local and state government, prompting CDOs to share their experiences and expertise with one another.
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What Is Human-Centric Design?

From www.govtech.com

A philosophy regarding the creation of websites, forms and services seeks to simplify and improve constituent interactions with government.
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Creative Placemaking: Using the Arts as a Tool for Community Development

From www.deeproot.com

Public parks share dynamic relationships with the communities they serve. The way we design parks can either promote or hinder their diversity of use, exclude or empower neighborhoods, resemble anywhere or reflect the history and collective values of the place. To create parks that enable residents to feel more connected to place, community development project leaders are choosing to partner with artists, designers, and cultural organizations.
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From Pop-Up to Permanent: Five lessons in tactical urbanism

From globaldesigningcities.org

Urban residents have long practiced a form of tactical urbanism: repurposing underutilized places using temporary materials and transforming them into more dynamic public spaces. But in the past several years, tactical urbanism has become a movement. 

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Why we play games (when designing engagement)

From www.dialoguebydesign.co.uk

When designing engagement, we often turn to gamification. We asked people to build their own city as part of on food security for the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), and to make finance decisions to ensure their water supply to support Bristol Water in their business planning process. We use arts and crafts, …
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Get involved: A citizen's guide to getting your voice heard by government

From lasvegassun.com

The long, grueling and combative 2016 election had at least one silver lining. According to the website VolunteerMatch, its highest-ever traffic numbers happened four days after Trump’s inauguration an
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Gathering the Opinions of Hard-to-Reach Residents

From www.n-r-c.com

Whether collecting data by mail, phone or web, encouraging these residents to respond to a survey from the City can be resource intensive, and without a robust effort, ineffective. Local government leaders of diverse communities should especially consider ways to get more participation from hard-to-reach residents.
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Why We ❤ Instagram: Visualizing Community Engagement

From elgl.org

In the Local Government Challenge, University of Texas-Arlington students will focus on developing effective approaches to community engagement. We’ll hear from practitioners over the next co…
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10 tips for institutionalizing dialogue in universities

From www.everyday-democracy.org

Useful tips for those who want to work with university leaders to institutionalize the dialogue to change program.
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A crowdsourced guide to successful community engagement

From medium.com

Some months ago I was asked by Matt from @commsgodigital to write a blog post about the basics of community engagement with top tips on making it successful. Easy I thought, with almost 13 years’…
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How to Influence Local Government (When the Ball Is Passed, Be Ready to Shoot)

From elgl.org

We asked “what are specific actions for increasing your influence on the local level?” ELGL has responded swiftly and specifically.  Podcast: Reason for Running We talk running for City…
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