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Seeking the Seeds of Civic Tech in Medium-sized and Smaller Towns in NC

From cele.sog.unc.edu

In December, I started exploring if the community-local government partnerships known as civic tech can grow from a few of North Carolina’s larger cities to other parts of the state.  There are about 70 groups nationwide where volunteers use government open data to address community needs through creating free apps or other IT products. TheRead More
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Where Civic Tech Gets Inspired & Rejuvenated

From elgl.org

Inspiration, hope, and progress. These are the thoughts that come to mind when I think of Code for America Summit. I’m inspired by the stories, many successful, some still a work in progress–these stories are highlighted on the main stage as well as in other parts of the conference.

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Participatory budgeting: When government really is by the people

From thenextsystem.org

This week we are talking about deepening democracy in our communities through participatory budgeting and participatory decision making more broadly.
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The Secret Ingredient to a Prosperous City: Love

From citiesspeak.org

Love is more than just a feeling, though. The emotional bonds people create with their communities also have a powerful impact on economic prosperity.
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Mind the gender pay gap: Berlin women to get public transport discount

From www.theguardian.com

Gender-specific “Frauenticket” will be 21% cheaper than usual and available on 18 March in stunt to flag German pay gap
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5 Civic Tech podcasts you should listen to today

From www.citizenlab.co

5 insightful civic tech podcasts handpicked by the CitizenLab team to help you stay on top of what's new in the field of digital democracy.
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What’s New in Civic Tech: Kamala Harris Introduces Tech Bill

From www.govtech.com

Plus, Stanford University policy lab releases data on millions of U.S. traffic stops; three takeaways from Open Data Day 2019; and San Antonio passes a new cross-agency data-sharing agreement.
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A Fix for Electric Scooter Sidewalk Chaos: Solar Docks

From www.citylab.com

Cities are desperate to tame the sidewalk chaos of the e-scooter industry. One startup offers a solar-powered parking solution.
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Democracy Donuts gives Albertans a new reason to vote in spring election

From eatnorth.com

Democracy Donuts is bridging the divide between voters across the political spectrum, one donut at a time.
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Our cities need to help us participate in government

From www.sfchronicle.com

Los Angeles is a city of 4 million people. And it might soon launch a tiny office — of as many as eight people — to help those residents better participate in their government. And in California, this would be a big advance. Because while governance in our state is as complicated as a Google algorithm, we offer precious little assistance to Californians who seek to engage with it. In our state, the people who run for office, vote, and participate in other ways (from attending public meetings to protesting) are whiter, richer and better educated than the state population as a whole.
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The Smart Cities of the Future Are Already Taking Off

From singularityhub.com

1,000 smart city pilots are under construction or in their final planning stages across the globe, driving forward countless visions of the future.
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For More Citizen Engagement, One Town Turns to Video Calls

From www.governing.com

A Miami suburb might be the first in the nation to let residents participate in -- not just watch -- public meetings from anywhere they have an internet connection.
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Build to lead: How Lego bricks can make you a better leader

From www.oreilly.com

Explore Lego Serious Play, a proven tool for boosting both individual and team productivity.
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How Abandoned Big-Box Stores Can Bring Communities Together

From nextcity.org

What do a BMX center, a church and an international marketplace have in common? Finding creative reuses of derelict commercial space that spark connections between people.
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New User Experiences for Cycling

From vimeo.com

New User Experiences for Cycling is a speculative design film produced by the Future Cities Catapult. The short film proposes five sketch prototypes of potential new cycling experiences based on existing or near-future technologies. These were conceived in response to challenges such as wayfinding, safety or air quality.
New User Experiences for Cycling is a speculative design film produced by the Future Cities Catapult. The short film proposes five sketch prototypes of potential new cycling experiences based on existing or near-future technologies. These were conceived in response to challenges such as wayfinding, safety or air quality.
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What Can Civic Tech Learn From Social Movements?

From www.omidyar.com

For over a decade, Omidyar Network has been supporting and investing in the civic tech sector.  From the very early days we have backed the most talented entrepreneurs who are seeking to use technology to empower citizens or make government more accessible, efficient, and effective. In this time, we’ve invested nearly $90 million in 35 nonprofit and for-profit organizations
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Six Smart City Myths…Busted

From smartcitiesconnect.org

In the past three-ish years since the Department of Transportation issued its Smart City Challenge, there has been a flurry of activity across U.S. cities large and small. Some cities are quickly modernizing, some cities are testing and piloting, and all cities have some level of anxiety about what to do next.

If you’re confused, it’s okay, you’re not alone. There is a lot going on and it can be easy to get swirled up in the hype. Here is an overview of some key misconceptions and clarifying information about smart cities.
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Why Our Country Needs More Civic Tech Leaders

From digital.gov

Government is a great place to work for technologists, data scientists, designers and entrepreneurs who want to serve and solve problems for the American people.
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2018 Chris Traeger Award – #1 to #10 – ELGL

From elgl.org

The Chris Traeger List recognizes the top 100 influencers in local government. Chris Traeger was the city manager for the fictional City of Pawnee, Indiana on the show Park and Recreation. He was known for extreme energy and commitment to improving local government. The Traeger List is not based on title or longevity. It’s based on an individual’s influence in their community and professional associations.
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Civic engagement in adolescence and young adulthood beneficial for adult development

From www.youthhealthmag.com

Adolescents and young adults are encouraged to get involved in their communities through voting, volunteering, or becoming active in a cause.
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Are university campuses turning into mini smart cities?

From www.theguardian.com

Universities are experimenting with AI and big data to improve how students live and learn on campus
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Can a Card Game Make a More Equitable Community?

From www.citylab.com

Each card in "Imaginable Guidelines" is illustrated by a local artist and represents one aspect of urban design, ranging from street vendors to sidewalk dimensions, in order to give players a shared vocabulary and base of knowledge with which to talk about their city.
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9 Ways to Build Better Cities Through Public Places: Part 1

From medium.com

Improvements in infrastructure and programming in public spaces are easy to see: upgraded playgrounds, renovated libraries, and food, music and activities that draw diverse people into a space. Civic…
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