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Transforming Together: Leading for People and Place

Based on interviews with councils and their public sector & voluntary organisation partners, the authors explore conditions for collaborative innovation in local government. Findings include: focus on outcomes not services; lead with passion, energy and a recognition that the best strategies come from people using & working at the coalface; relationships are at the heart of…

October 11, 2017 Visit Site
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Fab City Blog

A collection of news, stories and ideas contributed by members of the Fab City global initiative.

July 25, 2017 Visit Site
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Empathy Map Tool

Empathy maps can be a great tool to round out one’s understanding of user experience. This simple exercise can help ground you in the perspectives of those who your project serves or affects, and can prompt you to refine the engagement, design or delivery of your work.

June 7, 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.

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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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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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
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How can we improve urban resilience with open data?

A large part of the work in urban resilience is focused around issues that are constantly changing and evolving, such as migration patterns, employment trends, natural disasters, demographics, climate change, industrial developments and disease – all of which require access to huge quantities of data. This paper suggests five recommendations and implementation approaches for policymakers working…

December 9, 2016 Visit Site
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The City at Eye Level

The City at Eye Level is a book (co-authored by 90+ contributors), an open source learning network, and a program for improving cities, streets and places all over the world, using public space quality as the backbone. Download the book for free, or choose to purchase a hard copy. If your language is missing, you’re invited to…

September 19, 2016 Visit Site