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Teaming up with IBM For Smarter Cities

Each year IBM selects a handful of cities to participate in its Smarter Cities Challenge, which sends IBM experts to work closely with cities on …

Inside Bloomberg’s Plan To Spread The Gospel Of Urban Innovation

The billionaire former New York mayor is funding urban innovation, in the hopes of finding new solutions to the problems that plague cities around the world.<p>In the 20 years since Joan Dunlap left her hometown of Mobile, Alabama, she lived all over the world–in Japan, New York, and Texas–and made a …

City bans cars for a month, doesn't collapse into chaos

Lots of places close streets to cars for a day, but what happens when you do it for a month?<p>Could this happen in North America? Take a neighborhood …

United Nations

How the Internet of Things is affecting urban design

The Internet of Things is coming to a city near you.<p>That's not a tagline for the latest summer blockbuster or an ad for a swanky coffee shop chain: …

Smart Cities

How Six Agencies Are CrowdSourcing with Mobile Apps

Mobile devices allow the public to interact with government in new and game-changing ways and users expect those interactions. As a result, many …

Google Reveals its Innovation Lab for Government

Those who know of Google likely know in one way or another of the Google X Innovation Lab -- a place where inventions like driverless cars, Google …

Innovation

Test-tube government

INCUBATORS, accelerators, garages, laboratories: the best big companies have had them for years. Whatever the moniker (<i>The Economist</i> once had one …

Bill de Blasio

Ohio Makes State Government Spending Data Publicly Available Online

Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel is seeking to “set a new national standard for transparency” with a website that allows users to study how funds are being …

School Districts

Government And The Fast Pace Of Innovation

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Hollie Russon Gilman is democracy fellow at the Harvard Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation where she studies the impact of technology on government transparency, civic engagement, and democratic innovations.</i><p>We live in a society of instant gratification: Just about …

Smart Cities

Looking for Inspiration? Five Noteworthy Innovations in Public Participation

<i>This column profiles five recent entries in Participedia, an open global knowledge community for researchers and practitioners in the field of</i> …

More Than 250 Tech Companies Release Letter To Congress Opposing Trans-Pacific Partnership

They say the TPP will hinder innovation and user rights.<p>President Obama’s massive trade agreement with 11 other countries in the Asia-Pacific region, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, has hit a number of roadblocks. It has stumbled in the Senate and received opposition from medical professionals, …

What If Everybody Didn't Have to Work to Get Paid?

Advocates say that a guaranteed basic income can lead to more creative, fulfilling work. The question is how to fund it.<p>Scott Santens has been thinking a lot about fish lately. Specifically, he’s been reflecting on the aphorism, “If you give a man a fish, he eats for a day. If you teach a man to …

Income Inequality
Crowd Funding
TV
Basic Income

The Right to Blaspheme

Dissenting from the tenets of a particular religion is very different than discriminating against a category of persons.<p>The name of the poor wretch is lost to history, but the year is recorded: It was in 1631 that last German Jew was burned at the stake, falsely accused of desecrating the …

Religion