Institutional and organizational logics necessarily constrain and define civic actions, so the design of systems is an important site of intervention. This section presents cases where the infrastructure of civic life is considered and manipulated to produce specific civic outcomes. From organizing hackathons to government procurement and the use of open data, from small tweaks to massive overhauls, the systems that facilitate civic life hold powerful opportunities for change.
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President Barack Obama called the Internet “one of the most significant democratizing influences the world has ever known.” However, for many Americans, like Tracy Emerson of West Philadelphia, full connectivity remains out of reach.
This month the UK-based newspaper The Guardian joined the growing international divestment movement by launching its very own climate campaign “Leave it in the Ground.” It's calling on the world’s two biggest foundations to pull out their...
Neo-liberal NGOism and the consultancy culture, with their emphasis on policy - more "action," little thought - and prescriptive prognosis, has taken a toll on our intellectual thinking, the result of which is that we have abdicated analyzing and...
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