Recently, New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, announced $15,000 worth of private grants to community groups to fund gardening, composting and stewardship of the city's community gardens and other green spaces. The 19 community groups who were awarded funding for their projects, applied for grants the city’s new community collaboration platform, Change by Us.
This morning, in response to America’s current economic conditions, Strong Towns released a new report calling for a dramatic change in America’s approach to growth and development. Curbside Chat; A candid talk about the future of America’s cities, towns and neighborhoods, suggests an entirely new approach to growth. In the report, Strong Towns calls on local officials to change course and shed the “dead ideas” of the suburban era and to take control of their own financial futures.
In a first step toward providing community leaders with tools for assessment and planning, the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS) recently released a preview of Building Digitally Inclusive Communities: A guide to the proposed framework.
Excited by the possibilities, you may have embraced web 2.0 technology with open arms to engage residents in your community. But what if your sites aren’t drawing the quantities of visitors you had anticipated? A commonly overlooked aspect of building an online community, is appreciating the one you already have.
A recent study released by Pew Research Center on the use of mobile and social location-based services, confirmed that almost six out of ten of smartphone owners use a geosocial or a location-based information service of some kind these days.