Engaging News 9.3.2017

Engaging News – Week ending 9 March

Every week engage2 finds the best & latest stories of our industry interests and share them as a weekly round up here, and via our Twitter feeds – @engage2govern & @emotivate during the week.

Topics this week: Sustainability, Collective Impact, Open Government, Participatory Initiatives and Smart Cities.

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Female Mayors around the world are uniting together at C40 Cities #Women4Climate conference to fight climate change, knowing that women hold diff perspectives & problem-solving.

Another interesting article about the rise of cities & the willingness of Mayors to unite together as sustainable voices for the future.


Collective Impact

25 Collective Impact initiatives have been profiled, looking at equity outcomes, how communities solve complex problems through systems change and using data to drive change.


Open Government

Progress in opening up government in Australia shows promise, with a report card on key goals showing hope alongside disappointment.


Smart Cities

The council of Canada Bay, Sydney, is implementing people-centred smart cities tech projects like library digitisation & sustainability initiatives.


Participatory Initiatives

The International Observatory on Participatory Democracy summarizes international case studies of participatory budgeting, citizen juries & open government.

The Participatory Budgeting Project launched a new platform this week, tracking participatory budgeting projects across NYC. Code will be available on Github.

NYC high schools will receive $2000 from the City for students to practise participatory budgeting & #democracy. New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio, hopes the initiative will inspire lifelong civic participation.


Workshops and Training Opportunities

Sydney based social enterprise groups can learn through #startinggood how to get started with free virtual seminars between March 19-31st. Supported by Parramatta City Council and ING Australia.

This year’s Cities Leadership Institute lunch series are face to face and based in Sydney with critical topics like housing, transport & smart cities. To see the program, register here:

Join researchers from Fundar Mexico in a free webinar about citizen participation, enhancing accountability in public appointment, Mar 7, 10am EST.


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Thanks for reading,

Hannah and the engage2 Team.


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