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Newsroom to YouTube: Five Tips for Scalable Community Engagement

From icma.org

Facebook live, citizen surveys, virtual meetings, oh my! From the newsroom to YouTube, jurisdictions face a maze of social media when they want to engage with the community. The Institute for Local Government explains that cities and counties are trying to connect with residents through nontraditional methods in order to reach community members where they are.
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Beware of this four letter word when analysing community responses

From articulous.com.au

You may have heard that online surveys are dead. Even though you’re constantly being bombarded with emails and website pop ups requesting your valuable input in the form of an online survey. How ma…
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Inclusive design, accessible design, universal design: What's what?

From www.fastcompany.com

In the new book Mismatch, designer Kat Holmes demystifies the buzzy design process embraced by companies

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Bringing Political Organizing Tactics to Civic Tech 

From medium.com

President Obama and his presidential campaign made history in 2008 by employing community organizing tactics to engage large numbers of voters, building complex organizing structures which helped…
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Key Design Guide to Finally Include Protected Bike Lanes –

From usa.streetsblog.org

Protected bike lanes. Protected intersections. They’re all included in the draft version of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ new engineering manua…
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Food in community engagement: if food be the tool of the Gods, then engage on!

From medium.com

If food be the tool of the Gods, then engage on! Ok ok so the title of the blog is a bastardised Shakespearean quote and in its literal sense totally lost but hey artistic licence ok! What I’m trying…
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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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