Civic Engagement

June 01, 2017

Instead of deploying urban sensors as instruments of surveillance for technocrats, what if vulnerable communities controlled the gear-and the data? The buzziest of buzzwords in urban planning is the "smart city"-a metropolis laced with wireless sensors that track everything from weather and... read more

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May 26, 2017 | Carles Agusti, Local Advisory Board Member, Leading Cities - Barcelona & Michael Lake, President & CEO, Leading Cities

Evolution, innovation, change... these are concepts inherent in our society—natural, permanent, ever-present moments of acceleration and deceleration. Captured in Darwin’s theory of evolution and witnessed daily in the rapidly changing landscape of technology.

May 11, 2017

Under pressure to adapt to new demands and increased service usage, city officials from around the nation said Wednesday their highest hurdles for smart city growth included money, staffing, finding leadership buy-in, partnerships, and creating a cohesive vision that spans the organization.

April 27, 2017

If you ask what a “Smart City” is to one hundred people, you’ll receive one hundred different answers. In all likelihood, the common theme that will unite these definitions is technology. Popular notions of Smart Cities are often tied to innovative new devices and platforms, and for good reason... read more

April 26, 2017

The Mayor of Panama has declared his pride that the capital of Panama is Latin America's first 'smart city'. The global movement towards smart cities has been described as a phenomenon and South America has been slower than other continents in terms of embracing such a transformation. Cities all... read more

March 30, 2017

Scientists at NASA are proving the intellect of teens isn't limited to just science fairs or small-scale lab experiments with the advance CitySmart, a smart city platform designed to help mayors and city staff manage resources. Through A World Bridge (AWB), an international program led by NASA... read more

March 21, 2017

In the early days of American government, engagement with citizens was composed of letters, spirited speeches at city hall and the occasional revolution. Today, after waning and resurging, waning and resurging, the interactions between people and their government have largely taken a new form.... read more

March 14, 2017

How do you engage citizens when most of them don't have time or interest in attending local government meetings?

February 23, 2017

Anyone who doubts that creativity is abundant in the public sector need only scroll through the lists of semifinalists and "Bright Ideas" recognized by the Harvard Kennedy School's Innovations in American Government awards program. The programs being highlighted for this year signal a growing... read more

January 13, 2017

Earlier this month, Illinois enacted a first-of-its-kind law that forces all beauty professionals -- including barbers, hairstylists and nail technicians -- to take domestic violence training. As of Jan. 1, beauty professionals must participate in an hour of instruction on how to recognize and... read more

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