What we’re learning about civic technology and low-income people

Civic technology – the use of digital technologies and social media for service provision, civic engagement, and data analysis – has the potential to transform cities. Transforming cities means making life better for everyone who lives in them: giving everyone a voice in positively shaping their neighborhood’s future, making it easier to get around, making Read more…

from The Catalyst: “Civic Tech, Local Government and Low-Income People: Recent Learnings”

The work of Living Cities and its members is taking place at a time when digital technologies and social networks are seemingly transforming every aspect of our lives…. In order to better understand why this is and what might be done about it, we recently hired leading civic app developer OpenPlans to scan the civic tech field. Read more…

OpenPlans action cards

Not your usual OpenPlans toolkit

You already know about our online tools for urban planning and citizen engagement. Today we present an offline tool to help you follow your neighborhood planning aspirations. It's still in beta, so tell us what you think. What are the cards? There are many ways to create change on your street. Our action cards can help Read more…

Watercooler: Hurricane Sandy

We're back. We lost power and internet in our office after the hurricane for a week but everyone made it back ok. We reconvened in a conference room in downtown Brooklyn. Here's some of the top best stories we caught and chatted about during the cleanup after Hurricane Sandy: + Natural disasters have shown that Read more…