Engaging News – Week ending 16 March
Topics this week: Resilient Cities, Deliberative Democracy, Participatory Grant-making and Budgeting, Civic Engagement through citizen’s assemblies in Detroit and Sustainability.
Resilient Cities are strengthening data for slums, answering questions around who lives there & in what conditions, to find paths to better resilience
A fascinating case study about the first deliberative poll in 1996 by Jim Fishkin, initiating a new beginning of civic participation.
Participation / Engagement
Detroit hosted their first citizen’s assembly in Jan with CitizenDetroit, the Knight Foundation & other city groups. 10 priorities were formed to be used as project indicators.
Local communities are getting a new way to participate through participatory grant making, grant applicants working with the gifting organisation, making decisions with collaboration.
Teach kids & adults how to work on participatory budgeting projects using PBProject’s School Guide, with lesson plans & worksheets.
Data Bases / Platforms
CitiesToBe is a platform for world experts discussing the innovation of cities, civictech & community engagement, with videos contributions from The Gov Lab, Nesta UK, C40 cities & many more.
Citizen Engagement with the Changing City is the 2nd downloadable ebook by Shauna Brail & BangTheTable, providing insight into how to engage citizens.
A comprehensive list of web-based participation tools & services, by ParticipateDB, seeded from their own database (open for contributions later this year).
Add your participatory innovation project & track progress around the world with this interactive map.
Sustainability / Climate Change
Campbelltown tackles ‘urban heat island’ effect with a Green Plan to plant more trees & encourage light colours for rooves/houses, creating a difference of 10+ degrees from standard cover.
Western Sydney gets a boost with planned Smart Western City Program, creating a STEM facility, 5G roll-out & smart cities infrastructure.
Over 100 cities get now 70% of their electricity from renewable sources! Open data sets with maps available.
Thanks for reading,
Hannah and the engage2 Team