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July 22, 2013

As a result, innovation offices tend not to focus on internal, less well-publicized solutions that can create greater efficiencies. Department heads should strive for greater efficiency, but innovation offices can do more to assist ongoing efforts at the departmental level. While they may be useful, apps like Adopt-a-Hydrant are an easier sell than transitioning to a new email system or creating a more efficient method for payroll at City Hall. 

From slate.com.   By 
July 18, 2013

The central issue isn't simply about property data. Much of the public data held by local governments – on parking tickets, building code violations, crime incidents – contains a spatial component, and so might be held in this kind of GIS file. Put information in that format, and it also becomes much more valuable... which is also why Orange County seemed to believe they could charge a lot of money for it.

From http://www.theatlanticcities.com.  By Emily Badger and Sara Johnson
 
 

June 25, 2013

Named Oakland Answers, the website’s format prominently displays a search bar for users to enter questions or keywords pertaining to city services. Under the search bar is a list of common topics citizens may ask about including “Animals,” “Arts and Culture,” “Budget and Finance” and “Building and Development.” 

The site, which is still in beta, was developed by OpenOakland, a local brigade through civic fellowship program Code for America. Content for the website was developed on June 1 during the National Day of Civic Hacking. 

 

Read more at http://www.govtech.com/e-government/Oakland-Calif-Launches-Website-for-Answer-Seekers.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter.  

And if you have stories about National Day of Civic Hacking projects, let us know!

From govtech.com

Oakland, Calif., launched a new website dedicated to answering questions citizens may want to know about the city, according to the City Administrator’s Office. 

February 25, 2013

When citizens have the opportunity to do a bit of storytelling about their community, they gain a sense of connection and pride, and may even feel motivated to become more involved and take ownership of its idiosyncrasies and challenges.

When citizens have the opportunity to do a bit of storytelling about their community, they gain a sense of connection and pride, and may even feel motivated to become more involved and take ownership of its idiosyncrasies and challenges. This is the impression that those involved with hyper-local wiki projects are noticing as their projects evolve.

November 7, 2012

 

A “new green urban movement,” focused on meeting the needs of those who traditionally have been bypassed, is underway in the Los Angeles area.  The City Project, a non-profit legal and policy advocacy organization employs land use planning, conservation, policy and legal work, and community organizing to seek equal justice, democracy, and livability for California citizens.

A “new green urban movement,” focused on meeting the needs of those who traditionally have been bypassed, is underway in the Los Angeles area.

The City Project, a non-profit legal and policy advocacy organization employs land use planning, conservation, policy and legal work, and community organizing to seek equal justice, democracy, and livability for California citizens.

July 23, 2012

The 2013 7th International Visualization in Transportation Symposium is encouraging interested individuals to submit session topics, presentation ideas, and paper abstracts to be considered forpresentation at the 2013 symposium in the Beckman Center, Irvine, California on October 23-25, 2013. The conference will be a forum for exchange and dissemination of information related to all applications and modes of visualization in the transportation industry.

From www.trbvis.org:

 

July 23, 2012

Art VULUPS (Art as a Vehicle to Understand Land Use Planning and Sustainability) is a collaborative project in which knowledge, creativity and artistic expression are harnessed to promote sustainable land use development choices through curiosity and civic dialog engagement. This year, an interactive space for "land use planning literacy" was created for the 2012 Riverside Neighborhood Conference.

July 19, 2012

In Los Angeles, a city that lacks urban parklands, an event called CicLAvia is creating a temporary park for free, simply by removing cars from city streets. This open air, closed-streets, bicycle centric public event in Los Angeles sounds simple, but its benefits are enormous: it brings citizens outside of their homes to enjoy the streets, our largest public space.

In Los Angeles, a city that lacks urban parklands, an event called CicLAvia is creating a temporary park for free, simply by removing cars from city streets. This open air, closed-streets, bicycle centric public event in Los Angeles sounds simple, but its benefits are enormous: it brings citizens outside of their homes to enjoy the streets, our largest public space.

July 9, 2012

Creating a good design takes organization. That's why Harvard University professor Carl Steinitz developed a robust conceptual framework or workflow for regional land-use design projects.
Steinitz spent more than 30 years teaching these design methods and strategies to his students at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. A much wider audience now has access to his methodology with the publication of his new book, A Framework for Geodesign: Changing Geography by Design. Nine case studies are included in the book, each focusing on a different design method. I sat down with Steinitz at the recent GeoDesign Summit to discuss the six fundamental questions required for working through GeoDesign Framework. 

Creating a good design takes organization. That's why Harvard University professor Carl Steinitz developed a robust conceptual framework or workflow for regional land-use design projects.
Steinitz spent more than 30 years teaching these design methods and strategies to his students at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. A much wider audience now has access to his methodology with the publication of his new book, A Framework for Geodesign: Changing Geography by Design. Nine case studies are included in the book, each focusing on a different design method.

April 25, 2012

Recently, I posted an article on the Living Labs Global blog, Report on Mobility, which prompted someone to comment on the distinction between open data and actual information.  Raw data are valuable, but the information synthesized from the data is golden.  My experiences this summer continue to highlight the need not only for better data, but also for better information.


April 19, 2012

A couple of weeks ago, I was able to attend the 2012 Where Conference, held in San Fransisco, California, and I am pleased to say that this year’s event surpassed all of my expectations. For those of you not familiar with this conference, the annual event features the latest and greatest in location-based social applications, mapping technology, and innovative GIS related public engagement best practices. While many of the presentations at this year’s Where Conference focused on leveraging location-based social media apps installed on our smart phones and tablets, it was the presentations about creating compelling stories about place and space that caught my attention as they relate specifically to public involvement, which can provide planners with some very useful resources in citizen engagement. Overall, I would say that “doing GIS” is getting easier.

February 17, 2012

The Compass Blueprint program recognizes and provides opportunities for local planning efforts that creatively and efficiently integrate land use and transportation planning.  The annual Awards recognize the most forward-thinking projects that demonstrate excellence and achievement in the four key elements of Compass Blueprint planning: Livability, Mobility, Prosperity and Sustainability.

The Compass Blueprint program recognizes and provides opportunities for local planning efforts that creatively and efficiently integrate land use and transportation planning.  The annual Awards recognize the most forward-thinking projects that demonstrate excellence and achievement in the four key elements of Compass Blueprint planning: Livability, Mobility, Prosperity and Sustainability.

February 13, 2012

The term geodesign,once hard to define, is becoming part of the vernacular in the design field. That observation opened this year's GeoDesign Summit, a gathering of professionals interested in using geospatial technologies to arrive at the best and most sustainable design solutions.

The term geodesign,once hard to define, is becoming part of the vernacular in the design field. That observation opened this year's GeoDesign Summit, a gathering of professionals interested in using geospatial technologies to arrive at the best and most sustainable design solutions.

January 16, 2012

New apps are coming out every day, but how does a local government find out about the latest technology?  How do they gain access to the newest, most innovative ways to improve the lives of their citizens? Civic Commons has recently launched the Civic Commons Marketplace. The marketplace is a database of civic software brought together to help government personnel find the online engagement tech tools to best fit their city’s needs. 

New apps are coming out every day, but how does a local government find out about the latest technology?  How do they gain access to the newest, most innovative ways to improve the lives of their citizens? Civic Commons has recently launched the Civic Commons Marketplace. The marketplace is a database of civic software brought together to help government personnel find the online engagement tech tools to best fit their city’s needs.  

December 21, 2011

We recently came across a USC Dornsife Study that has revealed a connection between experience in labor unions and the tendency toward civic participation among Latino immigrants in the United States. The study suggests that labor union participation contributes to the political incorporation of Latino immigrant parents by helping them overcome barriers to civic participation that are related to their class and immigrant backgrounds.

December 5, 2011

The Planning Van is an innovative community outreach program focusing on capacity building, education, and project implementation. The program was initiated earlier this year by the Orange Section of the American Planning Association, California Chapter, and offers pro-bono assistance to local governments, non-profits, and community groups to implement small-scale projects in their communities. The Planning Van team is also dedicated to having a presence at community events throughout Southern California to promote the planning profession as a whole and educate the public on planning issues in a fun, non-controversial way.  It is a grassroots effort with a mission educate, engage, and empower both individuals and groups so that they may play an active role in the development of their communities.

October 28, 2011

Governments around the world are all facing budget shortfalls, spending cuts and reduced services. All of us — ordinary citizens, elected officials and community leaders — know that we must make dramatic changes to solve these crises, and yet governments remain gridlocked. How do we move beyond this impasse? How do we create an approach to budgeting that is both participatory and scalable? The answer is serious games!

IAP2 NorCal Chapter Event

Governments around the world are all facing budget shortfalls, spending cuts and reduced services. All of us — ordinary citizens, elected officials and community leaders — know that we must make dramatic changes to solve these crises, and yet governments remain gridlocked. How do we move beyond this impasse? How do we create an approach to budgeting that is both participatory and scalable? The answer is serious games!

August 4, 2011

Recently, a team of students from the School of Information at University of California in Berkley, working on their final master project, enlisted the help of San Fransisco residents to find out how people see vs. imagine their city. The purpose of this research? To discover whether an age old process in planning, such as Mental Mapping can be combined with today’s digital mapping tools tools (ie: GIS ) to create a balance of accuracy and precision, truth and objectivity using unconventional combinations of techniques and imagination that comes from access to “local' knowledge of any respective place.

June 2, 2011

Lately I’ve been reading about an increasing number of instances in which good-faith planning efforts are being ambushed, often delaying or completely derailing various initiatives. Here, for example, are the new commissioners of Carroll County, Maryland, working to “fix” their comprehensive plan – click on item VI in the agenda under the video or jump to about 1:07 to get to the heart of it. More informatively, here’s the East Bay Tea Party in California revealing the strategy it used to derail a public visioning workshop focused on sustainable development.

September 10, 2010

Once seen as a means of escapism for technology fiends the world-over; Second Life has more recently been harnessed for collaborative purposes with educational and informational goals in mind.  Government agencies from the federal level down to cities and townships are using virtual reality programs as a cost-effective approach to conducting simulations, holding meetings, and hosting strategy sessions.