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Virtual flowers and tomatoes: citizen participation in Taiwan

From waag.org

Through platforms such as vTaiwan and Pol.is, the democracy of Taiwan is starting to make moves towards becoming one of the first liquid democracies in the world. This development did not happen out of nowhere.
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The Participation Revolution | Open Government Partnership

From www.opengovpartnership.org

The falling levels of public trust in public institutions we see all over the world should be a wake-up call for those of us who support open government. But to rebuild trust we need to rebuild governance from the ground up, and put citizens (back) at the heart of institutions.
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Three Exemplary Design Projects for Civic Health

From citiesspeak.org

These green urban design projects are meant to improve civic health — a key component of great public spaces.
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How I survived my very first hackathon (and why you can, too)

From technical.ly

Author Miriam Peskowitz arrived at Code for Philly's hackathon last fall armed with a Github account but no idea what “fork” meant. Here's her story.
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Disaster Recovery’s Essential Tool: Data

From www.governing.com

In the aftermath of catastrophes like Harvey and Irma, reliable, transparent information can guide a democratic and inclusive rebuilding effort.
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Seattle Looks to Tech to Make Life Better for Aging Citizens

From www.govtech.com

City officials will work with the Age-Friendly Seattle Initiative to create a hackathon with a specific focus for technologists to address.
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National Day of Civic Hacking 2017 this weekend

From www.codeforamerica.org

Calling all public servants, people with technology skills, and community organizers: National Day of Civic Hacking is your opportunity to show that government can work in the 21st century if we all build it together. Find an event near you and make a meaningful impact on some of your community’s toughest challenges. 
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Bridging the Data Divide One Resource at a Time

From civichall.org

How’s this for a napkin equation? For every ten articles pronouncing data “the new oil,” we have one example of data science being used for the public good. Among those expanding community organizations’ ability to do that work are, of course, well-known groups like DataKind and the Sunlight Foundation. One you might be less familiar …
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Boston Promotes Youth Civic Advocacy Through Pokémon GO

From blogs.microsoft.com

During the months of July and August, the Engagement Lab at Emerson College and ENGAGE Boston, in partnership with the City of Boston and Niantic, Inc, the publisher and developer of the interactive mobile game Pokémon GO, launched a youth-led, city-wide creative competition to promote equitable representation of Boston neighborhoods in the popular mobile game, Pokémon GO.
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San José Innovation Challenge Leads to Graffiti-Cleaning Drone

From www.routefifty.com

The next round of the contest will look at how the city can improve the way it orders evacuations ahead of serious flooding.
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Rebuilding Houston: Tech Tools Connect a City to Shelter, Food, & More

From www.xconomy.com

Houston---The storm waters from Harvey have nearly receded. Now, the painstaking work of rebuilding lives is underway. As the storm made landfall, Houston’
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Building Community Power: Democracy at the Local Level

From ncg.org

At a time when many are looking for bright spots when it comes to democracy, this session will introduce funders to new efforts in California to reimagine democracy at the local level. These new tools for community power and democracy are broadening political participation for traditionally disenfranchised groups, expanding civic engagement beyond elections, and creating new platforms for making government more responsive, accountable, and equitable.Organizations like the Participatory Budgeting Project, the Advancement Project, and Healthy Democracy are confronting chaos at the national scale head-on. They’re creating sessions to reframe how local communities can positively impact our democracy beyond elections; increasing community voice and accountability; increasing transparency and accessibility in the California initiative system; and advancing an equity agenda.
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Heart & Soul Talks: Create Comp Plans that Rock with Resident Input

From www.eventbrite.ca

Eventbrite - Orton Family Foundation presents Heart & Soul Talks: Create Comp Plans that Rock with Resident Input - Thursday, October 19, 2017 - Find event and registration information.
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How to Improve Charrettes

From www.planetizen.com

In participatory planning, there is no planning without several events known as charrettes, which you probably already knew. Less likely to be common knowledge, however, is how charrettes can live up to their promise in the planning process. In participatory planning, there is no planning without several events known as charrettes, which you probably already knew. What's not clear, however, is how charrettes can live up to their promise in the planning process.
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Who’s at the popular table? Our analysis found which open data the public likes.

From sunlightfoundation.com

We compared open data from 141 cities and states to figure out what information sets residents want most. Here’s what we found.
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Bus Stops and the Future of Digital Placemaking

From meetingoftheminds.org

As two officials of a distressed public agency facing down the consequences of a long history of underinvestment, we are acutely sensitive to the need to get things done on a budget. We are also technologists, which brings us to the idea and potential of digital placemaking for mobility infrastructure: the repurposing of web, mobile and other software and hardware tools to bring new value to the places around the physical nodes and artifacts of the transit system. Digital tools are often limited to a public engagement role in placemaking. We believe that they can play an important role in transit agency efforts to make its physical infrastructure work better for people.
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Film As Catalyst for Innovation in Urban Planning

From www.newamerica.org

The seventh in a series of blog posts by #RiseLocal speakers writing about inspiring examples of local innovation.
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CiviComment now offers a free plan, aims to simplify public or stakeholder reviews

From www.urbaninteractivestudio.com

Exciting news, CiviComment now has a free plan to support smaller projects or pilot initiatives. We're introducing the free plan and our updated pricing tiers at this week's IAP2 Conference in Denver

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What’s New in Civic Tech: SF Mayor Encourages Cities Nationwide to Apply for Expanded Startup in Residence Program

From www.govtech.com

Plus, Philadelphia becomes first U.S. city to map urban trails via Google Street View, Code for America developer emphasizes importance of design for the public good, and Uber begins sharing some transportation data with cities.
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Bus stops and the future of digital placemaking - CommonWealth Magazine

From commonwealthmagazine.org

Modernizing Mobility Modernizing Mobility The Future of Mobility Transportation tech isn’t easy By Joseph BarrSee all » Modernizing Mobility Modernizing Mobility The Future of Mobility One payment system is needed for all transportation By Boris KarschSee all » Modernizing Mobility Modernizing Mobility The Future of Mobility The world isn’t as flat as we thought By(...)
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How to Make San Francisco Friendly to Families

From www.spur.org

San Francisco has the lowest percentage of households with children among the 12 largest American cities. Why are families leaving and what can the city do to keep them?
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A book about the role of civic technology for the public good

From blogs.worldbank.org

Photo: World Bank The use of technology to promote citizen engagement has been described as “the next big thing”, and is often associated with adjectives such as “disruptive”, “transformational,” and “revolutionary.” Yet, in contrast with the deluge of blog posts and tweets praising technology’s role to promote smarter and more participatory governments, one finds limited evidence on the effects of technology on citizen engagement practices. Civic Tech – Assessing Technology for the Public Good is a new book that – we hope – contributes to addressing this knowledge gap. The book is comprised of one study and three field evaluations of civic tech initiatives in developing countries. The study reviews evidence on the use of twenty-three digital platforms designed to amplify citizen voices to improve service delivery. Focusing on 23 empirical studies of initiatives in the Global South, the authors highlight both citizen uptake and the degree to which public service providers respond to expressions of citizen voice.
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Showing the Algorithms Behind New York City Services

From www.nytimes.com

A city councilman is pushing to make public the code behind city decisions on everything from school assignments to trash collection.
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