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What Works Cities

Launched by Bloomberg Philanthropies in April 2015, What Works Cities is a national initiative to help 100 mid-sized American cities enhance their use of data and evidence to improve services, inform local decision-making and engage residents. It is designed to support Mayors and city leaders to advance the effectiveness of their governments.

January 4, 2017 Visit Site
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CitizenLab

CitizenLab helps governments become more citizen-centric, through user-friendly cloud-based software, insightful data analytics, and focus on mobile platforms – allowing for deeper citizen engagement and co-created city spaces. This ready-to-use, yet fully customisable city platform is currently available in 20+ languages.

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Open & Agile Smart Cities

The Open & Agile Smart Cities initiative (OASC) is a growing city-driven, non-profit organisation whose mandate is to create a Smart City market. OASC kickstarts the use of a shared set of methods to develop systems and make them inter-operable across a single city as well as between multiple cities.

January 4, 2017 Visit Site
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Organicity

OrganiCity is a new EU project that brings together three cities – Aarhus, London and Santander – that are leaders in using so-called “smart city” technologies, as well as 15 consortium members with diversity in skills and experience. The goal is to improve cities’ services for citizens while reducing resource consumption.  

January 4, 2017 Visit Site
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The City as Platform: How Digital Networks are Changing Urban Life and Governance

This report shares findings from the Aspen Institute Communications + Society Program’s roundtable on the impact of networks and networking on cities from technological, economic, social, cultural and policy viewpoints. A major finding was that cities ought to think of themselves as platforms in an atmosphere of constant change, data production + sharing, and deep civic…

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PARTICIPOLOGY

PARTICIPOLOGY is a resource designed to help engage people in a participative process leading to a plan or strategy. Using a board-game format where players encounter questions/challenges as the dice throw dictates, it comes with guidance and templates that you can tailor to your needs.

December 28, 2016 Visit Site
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Nouveau Projet: Montreal Dossier

Nouveau Projet is an award-winning general-interest biannual publication launched in Montréal in 2012 that showcases the best writers, thinkers, and visual artists. Cities for People was proud to support the first-ever English issue, focussing on Montreal’s past and future as we look ahead to its 375th anniversary in 2017.

December 28, 2016 Visit Site
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Mainstreets: Activating Places for Engaged Community

Co*lab made this toolkit after piloting a process they called ‘Mainstreets’; it is intended to help users activate public spaces & under-used spaces. The approach and methods in this toolkit are an accumulation of lessons learned from years of leading place-based community initiatives in Halifax, NS and beyond.

December 28, 2016 Visit Site
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Cities as Places of Transformation: Keynote Talk at MUSE, 2016

Last May, Jayne Engle gave the keynote presentation at the Montreal Urban Sustainability Experiment (MUSE) Symposium on the enormous transformative potential of cities – and the thorny obstacles that are preventing system changes that would allow cities to be liveable, resilient, and inclusive. Read her full presentation and view the Powerpoint here.

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Montreal Sound Map

Of interest to urban audiophiles: this is a web-based soundscape map of Montreal, which invites collaborators to upload field recordings to a Google Map of the city. The project acts as a ‘sonic time capsule’ in that it captures the ever-changing sounds of an evolving city. The aim is to encourage people to listen more…

December 12, 2016 Visit Site