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Civic tech: How apps, community data analysts, and traffic tech can make cities smarter

From www.curbed.com

Civic-minded techies are finding ways to digitize, demystify, and improve local government.
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Citizen engagement is helping Costa Rica fight climate change

From apolitical.co

Costa Rica has the most ambitious climate policy in the world, but without engagement from citizens they may struggle to decarbonize by 2050.
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Will Smart City Technology Really Make Our Places Stronger? 

From www.strongtowns.org

App developers are promising that any citizen with a smart phone can take part in planning their city like never before. But is there more to community engagement than what you can fit within the borders of a screen?
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Civics, Civility and Community—How to Get People Re-engaged Civilly

From www.orton.org

Civics, Civility and Community—How to Get People Re-engaged Civilly by Orton Family Foundation. Heart & Soul Talks Webinar Recap
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Why creating community-led project spaces can ease social isolation

From www.shareable.net

Pantry is an excellent middle-English word for a very 21st century idea: a peer-to-peer community food collective creating larder-filling products and changing lives in one of London's poorest boroughs.Here's how the program started: enthusiastic amateur cooks in Barking and Dagenham were given expert advice on refining their favorite home recipes into sellable products, perfecting batch-cooking, developing packaging design and sourcing ingredients. Finally, tastings were arranged, and the products were tested in market stalls.
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What’s New in Civic Tech: Philly Releases City Payments Data

From www.govtech.com

Plus, Illinois Gov. Pritzker sets April as Innovation and Technology Month; Washington, D.C., forges new ride-share partnership; national civic tech leaders urge support for Digital Service Act, and more.
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Tactical Urbanism: An Introduction

From courses.planetizen.com

Designer and doer Mike Lydon, CNU-A, has one mission: Improving the livability of our towns and cities starting at the street, block, or building scale. In this first course of a two course series, Lydon introduces Tactical Urbanism.
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Who Will Win the War for the Curb? The Startups Tracking How Cities Use Curb Space

From www.citylab.com

Ride-hailing companies, delivery vehicles, and electric scooters are all vying for a piece of the curb. Here's how cities can manage this increasingly precious resource.
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Fighting Bias, Block by Block – Next City

From nextcity.org

As U.S. cities grapple with the repercussions of decades of redlining and other discriminatory housing policies, MacArthur fellow Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt offers a road map for how online communities can spark meaningful dialogue between neighbors.
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Smart Cities: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

From www.govtech.com

More and more devices are plugging into your government’s corner of the Internet of Things (IoT), but are we truly implementing the right projects in 'smart' ways? Here’s what you need to know about the state of smart cities opportunities along with some potholes to avoid and questions to be answered.
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How Resilient Power Puerto Rico Is Building Sustainable Communities

From www.metropolismag.com

Metropolis spoke with architect and RPPR president Jonathan Marvel about the initiative's work and what it aims to accomplish.
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Support the call for an International Year of Engagement

From www.iap2.org.au

The International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) and UNESCAP are partnering to promote systematic, quality engagement of stakeholders and the public, to help governments and others who lead and design engagement processes to develop structured, well-planned and meaningful engagement.
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Participatory budgeting - is civic tech’s role fuelling disillusionment with democracy?

From government.diginomica.com

Panthea Lee, co-founder at Reboot US, provides a fascinating insight into how civic tech can be better used in advancing the role of participatory budgeting.
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AI, Blockchain, VR, and the Complicated Future of Democracy

From www.publicagenda.org

Too often, the people working to strengthen democracy have been caught flat-footed by the pace of new trends and innovations. All kinds of changes, many of them driven by technology, affect how we live, work, vote, interact, and get information. It’s always been difficult to understand the implications of trends in the moment, but it’s even harder today because knowledge is so vast and specialized with experts on each trend often isolated from one another, without an overarching map for everyone to see.

Rewiring Democracy: Subconscious Technologies, Conscious Engagement, and the Future of Politics is an attempt to anticipate how the next set of changes will affect democracy, map the intersections of different trends and inform how we should respond.
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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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