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Regardless of our city's size, we all live in ‘villages’

Regardless of our city's size, we all live in ‘villages’ | City Building Networks | Scoop.it

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Thanks for this great scoop June! Would not expect les form SantaFe Institute and MIT - here is my favourite quote:


“People tend to think of cities as people, buildings, roads, pipes, and so on,” he says. “But at a more fundamental level, cities are really about connections. These connections form networks of people and organizations that enable the production of all products of civilization, from modern economies and fast innovation to complex bureaucracies and political institutions.”


“That social interactions per person increase with city size begins to explain how so many socioeconomic quantities, from GDP to violent crime, scale superlinearly,” he adds. “We had developed theory that predict the superlinear growth of social connections in the way we observe here, but this is the first time that we can observe this phenomenon directly and explore it in detail! It is tremendously exciting.”

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Cities Developing Worker Coops: Efforts in Ten Cities

This new report from the Imagined Economy Project assesses municipally led cooperative development approaches used in ten cities across the United States. Highlighting The Democracy Collaborative’s

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A How-to Book for Wielding Civic Power

A How-to Book for Wielding Civic Power | City Building Networks | Scoop.it

Lots of simple but powerful examples and strategies. "They should be codifying all the steps they took, even if they sound simple. From “make a spreadsheet” to “think about people who are in nodes of networks” to “create a good visual meme to spread on social media.”


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Network Mapping: Leveraging Your Influence

Network Mapping: Leveraging Your Influence | City Building Networks | Scoop.it
This month’s Change the World offers a Network Mapping Guide that uses commonly-accepted mapping strategies to understand your network. The resulting map, however, allows you to look more deeply into the patterns of interaction and decision making that shape the patterns of your network. It opens insights that can increase your ability to leverage adaptive capacity in your highly interconnected and interdependent world. This Network Mapping Guide helps you look beyond the surface to see and understand the conditions that shape the patterns in your world.

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Give cities a seat at the top table

Give cities a seat at the top table | City Building Networks | Scoop.it
Building more strategic links between urban innovation and global governance will help to tackle today's grand challenges, argues Michele Acuto.
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The New Laws of Explosive Networks | Quanta Magazine

The New Laws of Explosive Networks |  Quanta Magazine | City Building Networks | Scoop.it
Researchers are uncovering the hidden laws that reveal how the Internet grows, how viruses spread, and how financial bubbles burst.

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Decision Making

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The topic of decision-making discusses how decisions are made within organizations, and by whom.

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Four Questions to Ask Before You Engage with a Network (SSIR)

Four Questions to Ask Before You Engage with a Network (SSIR) | City Building Networks | Scoop.it
Funders want to create big change by using networks for social impact. But where to start?
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Meta-principles for developing smart, sustainable, and healthy cities

Policy directives in several nations are focusing on the development of smart cities, linking innovations in the data sciences with the goal of advancing human well-being and sustainability on a highly urbanized planet. To achieve this goal, smart initiatives must move beyond city-level data to a higher-order understanding of cities as transboundary, multisectoral, multiscalar, social-ecological-infrastructural systems with diverse actors, priorities, and solutions. We identify five key dimensions of cities and present eight principles to focus attention on the systems-level decisions that society faces to transition toward a smart, sustainable, and healthy urban future.

 

Meta-principles for developing smart, sustainable, and healthy cities
Anu Ramaswami, Armistead G. Russell, Patricia J. Culligan, Karnamadakala Rahul Sharma, Emani Kumar

Science  20 May 2016:
Vol. 352, Issue 6288, pp. 940-943
http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.aaf7160 


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Connectography

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From the visionary bestselling author Parag Khanna comes a bracing and authoritative guide to a future shaped less by national borders than by global supply chains, a world in which the most connected powers—and people—will win.
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Taken to the global scale Parag Khanna describes the future of the world not a group of sovereign states but one of connected cities. Collective investment in the infrastructure that connects us has led to powerful local regions that are now finding peace and prosperity through being connected to one another (think Southeast Asian Countries) rather than fighting over borders. Watch the TED talk  - kind of like Collective Impact on steroids.

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we don’t need better leaders

we don’t need better leaders | City Building Networks | Scoop.it

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MaRS Global Leadership: Culture as Urban Acupuncture

At this Global Leadership event, Tim Jones, CEO Artscape, shares how engaging culture can be a powerful resource in city-building.
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Great talk by Tim Jones form Artscape on Culture as Urban Acupuncture 

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Deepening Network Practice for Social Change : Interaction Institute for Social Change

Deepening Network Practice for Social Change : Interaction Institute for Social Change | City Building Networks | Scoop.it
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Great short read from the Interaction Institute for Social Change and Curtis Ogden. Includes additional relevant resources at the end of the article. thx @curtisogden @june holley

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12 Empowering Ways to Engage in Civic Affairs

12 Empowering Ways to Engage in Civic Affairs | City Building Networks | Scoop.it
It's evident that there's a growing desire among people, especially here in the U.S., to get involved in civic affairs. While online organizing can be an effective means of bringing about change, there's something powerful about showing up in person to talk with public officials and connect with others who are fighting for the same causes. We've pulled together a list of 12 ways to boost civic engagement. The list includes several suggestions from Lawrence Grodeska, founder of CivicMakers, a San Francisco-based social enterprise that offers collaborative civic tech tools, consulting, and other services for public agencies and nonprofits. 
 

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How to Welcome and Engage People in Community Spaces

How to Welcome and Engage People in Community Spaces | City Building Networks | Scoop.it
Why do some community spaces thrive while others struggle or fail? A lot of it comes down to how people are welcomed. Last April, I joined a group of activists and academics in Madrid, Spain, to build software that helps communities self-organize. This group was part of the P2Pvalue project, a three-year research initiative that looked into what makes peer production sustainable.

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Transformation Governance is Taking Off | Networking Action

Transformation Governance is Taking Off | Networking Action | City Building Networks | Scoop.it

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Public Engagement for Resilience

Public Engagement for Resilience | City Building Networks | Scoop.it
A team of us at IISC are partnered with an engineering firm to work on a climate change resiliency planning initiative in a vulnerable neighborhood in New York City. Our role is to lead the creatio…
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Building intentional networks that drive impact (part 1)

Building intentional networks that drive impact (part 1) | City Building Networks | Scoop.it
These days everyone is familiar with some type of network – whether that's their professional network on LinkedIn, their social network on Facebook, or the informal web of relationships within your local community. But there's a distinct difference between a network as a structure of relationships and a network as a
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CO-Bologna runs towards new cooperative forms of governance of the commons: a focus on Bolognina site. | LabGov

CO-Bologna runs towards new cooperative forms of governance of the commons: a focus on Bolognina site. | LabGov | City Building Networks | Scoop.it

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ENGAGE: How Funders Support and Leverage Networks for Social Impact

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Participatory City

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Looks like a great study from the UK on the value of engaging local citizens in neighbourhoods and communities. Thanks June Holley for the scoop!

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Chicago Releases User-Friendly Open Data Tool

Chicago Releases User-Friendly Open Data Tool | City Building Networks | Scoop.it
Users can look up mountains of public records, no technical expertise required.
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Community Engagement Matters (Now More Than Ever) (SSIR)

Community Engagement Matters (Now More Than Ever) (SSIR) | City Building Networks | Scoop.it
In adopting data-driven practices, leaders must avoid the temptation to act in a top-down manner. Instead, they should design and implement programs in ways that engage community members directly in the work of social change.
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Living Systems Lessons for Social Change Networks

Living Systems Lessons for Social Change Networks | City Building Networks | Scoop.it
A couple of years ago, I was turned on to the work of Louise Diamond. Diamond has been bringing insights from the dynamics of complex systems to peace building work for many years. Her efforts conn…
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