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Citizens’ assemblies go mainstream: a way to bring about radical change?

From www.positive.news

Citizens across the UK are convening to address issues such as the climate crisis and Brexit. Could they help to overcome political deadlock?
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The Grand Rapids neighborhood using public murals as a catalyst for community art conversations

From www.rapidgrowthmedia.com

In the Creston neighborhood, local artists have taken on art accessibility as their personal mission in the form of colorful, expansive outdoor murals.
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The Significance of Young, Diverse Voices in Public Policy

From citiesspeak.org

How can we encourage young adults - particularly those of color, an often underrepresented demographic - to engage in the election process?
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Code for America at 10: Reflections on a Decade of Tech-Driven Engagement

From civichall.org

Jennifer Pahlka founded Code for America 10 years ago, and as she recently announced plans to step down, it's time to look back (and forward) at its work.
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City of Evanston Includes Public in Reviewing Proposed Development Projects

From konve.io

The City of Evanston Planning and Zoning Division is tasked with reviewing all proposals and applications related to new developments within city limits. As part of the process, the division makes proposed development projects available for public review to create transparency and preserve the quality of life of Evanston residents. 

To make the public review process less tedious and save residents time, the City of Evanston needed a way to move the review process online.  

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In Indianapolis, a block party show’s a neighborhood’s equitable future

From www.curbed.com

A cross between a street fair, tactical urbanism, and historical re-enactment, PreEnactIndy uses the past to see a better future.
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‘Of’ not just ‘in’ Barking & Dagenham

From medium.com

People often ask us if we can work on projects outside of Barking and Dagenham. Community engagement and collaborative design is a service that can move right? But we’re proud to be an organisation…
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Five Tips for Mayors in the Wake of Disruptive Technology

From citiesspeak.org

Local elected officials can’t just muse about the future. They have to make decisions that have real consequences.
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How Amsterdam Is Closing the Door on Downtown Cars

From www.citylab.com

Armed with a street-design tool called the knip, the Dutch capital is slashing car access in the city center, and expanding public transit hours.
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Google offers tool for cities to measure emissions

From www.bbc.com

A tool Google offered in the US to help cities measure pollution and emissions levels is now available in Europe.

It compiles transport and building data from Google Maps with publicly available information about emissions
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The Use of “Storytelling” to Build Community #localgov

From elgl.org

This is the power of storytelling. It’s not the events you host or the broadcast of what the [insert local government here] is doing for its residents that generates this type of community experience and buy-in. It is the stories that we share, the personal connections made between individuals, that build communities where people want to live, work and play.
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Reimagining cities from the internet up

From www.sidewalklabs.com

Over the past year, Sidewalk Labs conducted a detailed thought experiment on the future of cities. Here’s what we learned, and how we hope to accelerate urban innovation.
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A real smart city doesn’t look like something from a science fiction movie

From www.citymetric.com

An abandoned mine shaft beneath the town of Mansfield, England is an unlikely place to shape the future of cities. But here, researchers from the nearby University of Nottingham are planning to launch a “deep farm” that could produce ten times as much food as farms above ground. Deep farms are an example of what the latest wave of smart cities look like: putting people first by focusing on solving urban problems and improving existing infrastructure, rather than opening shiny new buildings.
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Warren Logan Wants the Bay Area to Plan With Him

From www.citylab.com

Warren Logan, a Bay Area transportation planner, has new ideas about how to truly engage diverse communities in city planning. Hint: It starts with listening.
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Greater Boston Anti-Displacement Toolkit

From www.greaterbostontoolkit.org

This multi-media organizing toolkit is a collection of activities, how-to guides, facilitation plans, and resources that organizers and residents can use to fight displacement in their communities.
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Cities want technology vendors that listen, not just 'sell stuff'

From statescoop.com

Officials have long complained of companies that offer products in search of a problem. New procurement strategies are cropping up as a result.
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How Taiwan's online democracy may show future of humans and machines

From www.smh.com.au

The speed our society evolves has passed the speed of legislation, but it can catch up. The internet could be the facilitation, and AI could be the catalyst.
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A Challenge Too Big For Big Plans

From www.strongtowns.org

We chose Memphis to kick off the Strong America Tour for a reason: the city is both an object lesson in what has gone wrong in American cities, and what could go right. And Memphis’s example helps us see why in places that are going to experience a renaissance, it’s going to come from the grassroots
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Designing Digital Technologies for Civic-Engagement amidst social media

From medium.com

While Facebook and Twitter are the dominant platforms for public discourse, governments are grappling with how policy discussions may be kept from going wayward. Much like Mr. Toad’s wild ride, the…
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Microsoft Could Open Up Governments Tomorrow

From medium.com

Word. Microsoft Word. The wordprocessing software that’s been around longer than some of us have been alive. It’s the software government runs on. But it’s also the software holding back governments…
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Teaching Community Changemaking Through Art

From springboardexchange.org

Artists are everywhere, on every block and in every community. Finding the opportunities for artists to share their creativity and …
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The Global Catastrophe Will Be Solved by Local Communities

From medium.com

We are at a point where climate chaos, economic inequity and social alienation are converging into an unprecedented catastrophe. People everywhere realize that current efforts to address these…
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Experience design in cities: 3 design trends that improve connectivity, community and collaboration

From medium.com

It is an exciting time to be an experience designer. With the recognition that human-centered design is necessary across multiple industries and thought-leaders pushing the urgent need for…
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UN Climate Report's Dire Warning to Coastal Cities

From www.citylab.com

A UN report warns extreme weather events that historically happened about once in 100 years could hit coastal cities yearly by 2050. Cities need to prepare now.
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