Civic Engagement

September 15, 2017

From hurricanes, to wildfires to economic instability, cities need to be prepared for disaster. While cities are actively pursuing sustainability, they also need to pursue resiliency - the ability to bounce back from disruptive circumstances. At a recent briefing on Capitol Hill, three experts... read more

August 22, 2017

Government has a data problem. Put simply, it collects so much of it that it struggles to analyze most of it. Of course, states and localities already use data analytics for a lot of things. Departments of revenue, for instance, rely on it to curb tax fraud.

August 10, 2017

With many municipalities strapped for resources, the Smart City vision can seem like a pipe dream. Even in the cases where funding comes through and a project is launched, there’s no guarantee of success.

July 17, 2017

When Genevieve Gaudet needed to assemble a new team of designers and engineers for New York City government, she started noticing some of the pitfalls of the government job application process. She had, of course, experienced the hiring process herself when she applied for her own job.

June 29, 2017

Jon Walton was San Francisco's chief information officer for four years when he took a new job down the peninsula in San Mateo County in 2012, going from serving one large municipality to a jurisdiction encompassing 22 smaller, economically diverse cities.

Struggling economies in some of... read more

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 | with Carles Agusti, Local Advisory Board Member, Leading Cities - Barcelona

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

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