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Connecting Citizens To Their Government By Turning It Into A Game

Connecting Citizens To Their Government By Turning It Into A Game | Urban Life | Scoop.it

PlanIt is a game about the issues that face local government, designed to get people (especially young people) more involved and understanding of what goes in to managing their communities.

 

It works like this: A group--say, a planning commission or small business--puts up a few hundred dollars for community investment. Players register on the PlanIt platform, and take part in three "missions." To win pledgeable "coins," they complete "challenges" within each mission. Then the projects with the most pledged coins get real cash to spend.

 

About half the players so far have been under 18. Gordon says younger people add a lot of competitive spirit, and are important for encouraging others to play. "This is their first introduction to anything to do with civic engagement. They provide really meaningful input into these issues. And not only that, they also tend to motivate the adults."


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Learning About Communities…But Not From Textbooks

Learning About Communities…But Not From Textbooks | Urban Life | Scoop.it

I recently wrote about Thinking About Learning Differently- Talking to Strangers, where I mentioned our third graders journey of skyping around the world to learn about different communities.

The goal is not to only collect cold data, but to:

-make connections between the different locations and communities
learn about geography
-talk “to strangers”, practicing speaking skills and conversation skills, be aware of body language…
-reflect on how and what we are learning
-invite a global audience (including parents and grandparents) to continue a conversation via the classroom blog


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Barbara Boksz, Ph.D.'s curator insight, January 25, 2014 5:14 PM

Glad to see my  '90's Kidlink experiences being expanded using Skype etc.  We would have loved to be able to "see" each other back then! 

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Communities Aren't Just Places, They're Social Networks

Communities Aren't Just Places, They're Social Networks | Urban Life | Scoop.it

Cities are obviously more than just the sum of their physical assets — roads and bridges, offices, factories, shopping centers, and homes — working more like living organisms than jumbles of concrete. Their inner workings even transcend their ability to cluster and concentrate people and economic activity. As sociologist Zachary Neal of Michigan State University argues in his new book, The Connected City, cities are made up of human social networks.

 

Does the design of streets, for example, influence who our friends are?

 

What are the key factors that shape the networks of a connected city?

 

To what degree do influential people matter to the connected city? 


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Setting the Table, Making a Place: How Food Can Help Create a Multi-Use Destination

Setting the Table, Making a Place: How Food Can Help Create a Multi-Use Destination | Urban Life | Scoop.it

Food – we need it, we love it, and we structure our lives and cultures around it. San Antonio, Texas, is a city that is starting to structure its neighborhoods around it, starting with an ambitious redevelopment project called the Pearl Brewery. Located on 22 acres along the banks of the San Antonio River north of downtown, today’s Pearl is a multi-use campus of buildings originally founded as the J. B. Behloradsky Brewery and City Brewery over 120 years ago. The current vision for the site is for a vibrant urban district to grow out from a culinary destination that brings people together around the celebration of local food and culture...


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A. S. CohenMiller's comment, September 5, 2012 4:14 PM
We love what Pearl has been doing. Definitely worth visiting (regularly)!
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A Grand Idea To Revitalize A City, Using Living Art

A Grand Idea To Revitalize A City, Using Living Art | Urban Life | Scoop.it
David Lagé believes that East Buffalo needs a bit of TLC. The Brooklyn-based architect established Terrainsvagues as a type of think-tank for discussions around the plight of vacant plots that have popped up in cities grappling with their less-than-bustling, post-industrial realities.
For Art Farms, its first initiative, Lagé teamed up with co-curator Andrea Salvini to revitalize the upstate Rust Belt region from the earth up.

Lagé and Salvini believe that the element of engagement will deepen a connection between residents and new local cooperatives establishing community gardens at vacant lots. They enlisted five local artists to create free-standing sculptures for three established locales: Wilson Street Urban Farm, Cold Spring Farm, and Michigan Street Farm with a single stipulation: Their site-specific works must somehow, someway support agricultural activity...
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Emilie Wacogne's curator insight, February 27, 2013 8:15 AM

La revitalisation de la "Rust Belt" américaine par l'Art...

Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, June 1, 2013 7:53 AM

Improving the liveability of places can involve engaging the community - street art and unique installations can be effective in achieving this.



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What Makes a Great Public Destination?

What Makes a Great Public Destination? | Urban Life | Scoop.it

In a recent blog post, entrepreneur-turned-VC Mark Suster wrote about the necessary ingredients for a city trying o develop a successful start-up community. His advice seemed applicable to any community that’s trying to create a strong local sense of place, so we’ve retrofitted his recommendations to speak broadly to people who are working to transform their public spaces into magnetic destinations that are reflective of the diverse communities that surround them.


Stop by and read the complete article for details on the elements of great public spaces, including:

place capitaleventsaccess to advocateslocal press + organizational toolsplacemakersflagship public space
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Three reasons why Copenhagen is the world leader in urban sustainability

Three reasons why Copenhagen is the world leader in urban sustainability | Urban Life | Scoop.it

"The buzz from Copenhagen is all about its new "superhighway" for bikes. The real secret to its pioneering urban design, though, is that it puts people first on all its streets."

 

this is cool!!! 


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America's Greatest Main Streets...

America's Greatest Main Streets... | Urban Life | Scoop.it

Cheers to these small towns for great Main Streets, where you can admire architecture, sample the local flavor, and find a lost America.

Driving across America, it’s all too easy to lose your mooring amid the commercial thicket of the same old fast-food outlets and big-box stores.

But push on a mile or two beyond the interstate exit, and you may discover a town that’s anchored by a distinctive Main Street—one with grand architecture, eclectic small businesses, and community-oriented features like a park or theater. Often it thrives thanks to locals who have made a conscientious effort to fight the general decline of Main Street...


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