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August 20, 2012

 

Mobile technology is powerful; literally everyone seems to own a cell phone these days. When used in public settings, it has the potential to involve citizens in various stages of planning processes. A few projects have used mobile  tools to help enfold citizens into community planning at the pedestrian level.

Mobile technology is powerful; literally everyone seems to own a cell phone these days. When used in public settings, it has the potential to involve citizens in various stages of planning processes. A few projects have used mobile  tools to help enfold citizens into community planning at the pedestrian level.

June 18, 2012

When you think about the parks in your city, you have probably noted that each one has its distinct flavor. There’s the park with the bike trails where you know you’ll bump into several of your neighbors on a Sunday morning. You distinguish between the parks with the baseball diamonds and those with the flower gardens. Basically, you come to know what to expect from your city parks. In San Diego, a creative game designer took on the challenge of transforming residents’ perceptions of a park, whether they were visitors or had lived there all their lives.

When you think about the parks in your city, you have probably noted that each one has its distinct flavor. There’s the park with the bike trails where you know you’ll bump into several of your neighbors on a Sunday morning. You distinguish between the parks with the baseball diamonds and those with the flower gardens. Basically, you come to know what to expect from your city parks. In San Diego, a creative game designer took on the challenge of transforming residents’ perceptions of a park, whether they were visitors or had lived there all their lives.

November 28, 2011

For our friends at MobileActive.org, the idea of using mobile technology to support social change among people and organizations around the world is nothing new. MobileActive.org has long been on a mission of connecting citizens; providing resources to NGOs that will enable them to enrich and serve their communities. Many may be surprised to learn that in today’s technologically advanced world, there are still roughly 5 billion global citizens without reliable internet access. However, as mobile phone usage continues to rise, resources like the MobileActive.org’s new Mobile Media Toolkit, may just be the answer these offline communities need to activate their public engagement efforts. 

September 21, 2011

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.

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.

January 30, 2011

In what has now become an annual occurrence, we’d like to take a closer look at the latest trends in online activity, based on the Pew Research Center’s Generations 2010 report. 

In what has now become an annual occurrence, we’d like to take a closer look at the latest trends in online activity, based on the

November 10, 2010

The mobile phone, now ubiquitous to virtually everyone in the United States, is quickly following suite in user trends blazed first by the world wide web.  In the past decade alone, internet usage worldwide has grown over 360%

July 30, 2010

While the name may imply old-fashioned single-file lines of volunteers passing buckets one by one; the Louisiana Bucket Brigade (LABB) - formed to contribute to clean-up efforts resulting from the BP Deepwater Horizon spill - has embraced an outreach plan that utilizes real-time data sent from citizens to create interactive maps and charts tracking the oil spill along the Gulf.  In harnessing the power of the people, they’re revolutionizing the way rescue and clean-up operations are performed.