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…My heart’s in Accra » How do we make civic crowdfunding awesome?

…My heart’s in Accra » How do we make civic crowdfunding awesome? | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it

Ten people each contribute $100 a month into a pool. They meet once a month and discuss possible projects to support. Each month, they give a grant of $1000 to a project that meets a simple criterion: it’s awesome.

That’s the logic behind the Awesome Foundation, founded by Tim Hwang and friends, brilliantly built and managed by Christia Xu. Awesome Foundation now has 50 chapters in 10 countries and has given 252 grants, sponsoring awesome projects like Float, which attaches air pollution sensors to kites to report on air quality, and Free the Billboards, which invites people to visualize alternatives to unsightly billboards by photobombing them. (Full disclosure – I’m on the board of Institute for Higher Awesome Studies, the shadowy organization that acts as an umbrella organization for the individual Awesome chapters.)

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Dear Cities: It’s Time to Fix Your Public Spaces

Dear Cities: It’s Time to Fix Your Public Spaces | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Sure, there are some great public spaces in many cities, but overall, cities have failed to deliver the urbanist’s most basic right
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How we live now: inside the revolution in urban living

How we live now: inside the revolution in urban living | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
How we live now: inside the revolution in urban living
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Pop up spaces won’t save our cities, but here’s 5 reasons why they’re still important

Pop up spaces won’t save our cities, but here’s 5 reasons why they’re still important | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Pop up spaces won’t save our cities, but here’s 5 reasons why they’re still important
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Everything You Need to Know About Jane Jacobs in Illustrated Form

Everything You Need to Know About Jane Jacobs in Illustrated Form | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
An Illustrated Guide to Jane Jacobs
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Donde fracasa la planificación empieza la ciudad espontánea

Donde fracasa la planificación empieza la ciudad espontánea | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
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New Democracy #3: The Cultural Commons in the City

New Democracy #3: The Cultural Commons in the City | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Can cultural commons transform the way public institutions and infrastructures of cities are governed?
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Sharing Cities: Why Ownership, Governance and The Commons Matter More Than Ever

Sharing Cities: Why Ownership, Governance and The Commons Matter More Than Ever | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Ballarat St permanent park providing green space for the people of Yarraville (Melbourne).
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Adaptive cities and transitional uses: co-creating places beyond austerity

Adaptive cities and transitional uses: co-creating places beyond austerity | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
The way in which local policy has been understood and the role of urban development projects have left a complex map of …
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The declining space for free-ranging we left to children

The declining space for free-ranging we left to children | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
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About REFILL

About REFILL | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
REFILL stands for "reuse of vacant spaces as driving force for innovation on local level". The last years many cities experimented with the concept of ‘temporary use’ of abandoned and derelict spaces. It has been an important and inspiring source of innovation and change in cities, being a motor and incubator for new forms of urbanity.…
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Why the Pop-up Hype Isn’t Going to Save Our Cities

Why the Pop-up Hype Isn’t Going to Save Our Cities | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
These days there is a strong belief among spatial professionals in a certain type of spatial intervention, often described using terms such as ‘bottom-up’, ‘tactical’, ‘guerilla’ or ‘pop-up’ urbanism. These interventions are modest in size, focus on one specific locality and are generally implemented by freelancing spatial practitioners, small companies or collectives, often given a bit of subsidy, but hardly ever structurally supported. This type of ‘urbanism’ is also often temporary, to some extent characterised by the flexible (re-)use of structures and materials and organised the DIY-way.
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Rise of the Superpark

Rise of the Superpark | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
The Dutch landscape architect and his urban-design firm, West 8, have reinvented the New York City park and added sculpture by Rachel Whiteread.
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So many cooperative stories around Europe!

So many cooperative stories around Europe! | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
We are delighted to see how many inspiring community-led urban development projects are shaping European cities! 
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#HereAndNow - The New Urban Practice Toolbox | Living Cities 2015 Annual Report

#HereAndNow - The New Urban Practice Toolbox | Living Cities 2015 Annual Report | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
In 2014, Living Cities put forward the concept of a New Urban Practice: one that engages leaders across sectors to dramatically improve the lives of low-income people. Many individuals and institutions are already doing great work. We hope that through this concept, we can all see our work as part of something bigger.

In 2015, we began to focus on putting the New Urban Practice into action. We created, used, curated, and shared tools that can make it easier for people to work together, to harness lessons learned by others, and to identify gaps in practice. We went out into the world and talked to people about their work and the tools that they have been using. We hosted a Summit to bring people together to introduce and engage with those tools. We scanned social media and the blogosphere.
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Commons Collaborative Economies | Barcelona 11/12/13.03.2016 – Policies, Technologies and City for the People

Commons Collaborative Economies | Barcelona 11/12/13.03.2016 – Policies, Technologies and City for the People | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
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Ciudades sin coches, ciudades sin peatones

Ciudades sin coches, ciudades sin peatones | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
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What are the Urban Challenges of European City Makers?

What are the Urban Challenges of European City Makers? | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Analysing the opening of the New Europe City Makers Pre-Summit
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The World’s Most Obvious Bus Stop Is Pure Design Genius 

The World’s Most Obvious Bus Stop Is Pure Design Genius  | Adaptive Cities | Scoop.it
Perhaps because the purgatory of waiting for the bus is one of the most aggravating daily trials of urban life, I love a clever bus stop design. This s ...
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