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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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‘We’re trying to bring a lot of fun’: Winnipeg Downtown BIZ on pop-up parks

From globalnews.ca

There is a little extra green space for people to enjoy in the heart of the city this summer, thanks to a Downtown Winnipeg BIZ pop-up park pilot project.
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ShapeLab Toronto’s Innovation & Co-Creation Pilot: “Everyone is King” Design Challenge

From www.citybuildinginstitute.ca

By Patrice Mitchell The Backstory   The King Street Transit Pilot rolled out in November 2017 to free streetcars from mixed traffic and prioritize the 72,000 daily transit riders along this ro…
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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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Omidyar Network and Village Capital Host India's First Civic Technology Event

From www.pressreleasepoint.com

Global philanthropic investment firm Omidyar Network, in partnership with venture development firm Village Capital, hosted India's first-ever civic technology event - the Civic Tech Connect 2018- focused on bringing together investors and entrepreneurs to build India's civic tech ecosystem.

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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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London’s smart city plan aims to connect its disparate governments

From apolitical.co

London has set out a vision to transform core services for the digital age. The city wants to reform its disparate governing bodies so they can share data better and collaborate more effectively on service design. The Smarter London Together roadmap, a plan to make the British capital the “world’s smartest city” published on 11 June, announces a common set of standards and design principle
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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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How Chicago's Tradition of Civic Organizing Inspired the Best in Civic Tech

From www.govtech.com

Chi Hack Night has become a national model for sustainable and successful volunteer civic technology projects.
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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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Kilauea Volcano and Edge Computing: Mitigating natural disasters

From www.smartresilient.com

Utilizing the IoT and edge computing can help governments prepare for and mitigate natural disasters.
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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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Civic Tech: How Startups Can Connect Citizens and Local Government

From www.public.io

Civic tech startups are sprouting up with increasing frequency. But what makes a quality civic tech startup? Connecting citizens and governments; improving public services; amplifying the public's voice; and increasing transparency and accountability, are all key.
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City Scrapers Helps the Code-Curious Get Involved in Civic Tech

From medium.com

This January, we kicked off City Bureau’s City Scrapers Project, an open-source coding community that collects, standardizes and shares information on local public meetings (i.e., City Council…
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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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Creating Spaces for People to Participate in Urban Planning

From nextcity.org

“It’s like actual people who have been oppressed or marginalized and really have no access to the dominant economy at all, are just like, ‘Ok then. We’re going to create our our autonomous economy and system of governance,’” she says. “Which is, I feel, how it should be … absolute direct democracy to the point of people making the decisions and implementing them directly.”
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