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Crowdsourced Urbanism In Helsinki: The Rise Of Facebook Democracy? — The Pop-Up City

Crowdsourced Urbanism In Helsinki: The Rise Of Facebook Democracy? — The Pop-Up City | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Many companies and organizations have taken advantage of a crowdsourcing model to gauge public opinion on a wide range of questions. Now, the government is doing it.
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Facebook for cities: A social network for building better neighborhoods

Facebook for cities: A social network for building better neighborhoods | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Recently viewed in Gary Hustwitt’s Urbanized , I was interested to see this post on the application of artist Candy Chang’s method of eliciting public participation, especially in  ad ...
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Why I'm quitting Facebook

Why I'm quitting Facebook | Urban Life | Scoop.it

Douglas Rushkoff says the social networking site used to be useful, but has lost his trust with a feature that misrepresents his "likes" without his consent

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Facebook for cities: A social network for building better neighborhoods

Facebook for cities: A social network for building better neighborhoods | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Neighborland, an online platform born from an experiment in street art, helps residents cook up smart ideas for improving their communities, then gives those ideas wings.

FB for cities?

What would you do if you had a million bucks to make your neighborhood better? Turn the vacant building up the street into a healthy corner store with cross-cultural appeal? Fund 24-hour bus service? Paint giant flowers on the asphalt in every intersection?

What if there was a tool that made it easy for you share your idea with neighbors, community groups, city planners — people who could pitch in to make it a reality?

That’s the idea behind Neighborland, a sort of collective online urban planning platform that grew from a project started by artist Candy Chang in 2010. Chang slapped nametag-style stickers reading “I WISH THIS WAS ___” on abandoned buildings around New Orleans. People answered by filling in the blanks with all sorts of things they’d like to see in their neighborhoods: a grocery store, a row of trees, a bakery — to which someone else responded, “If you can get the financing, I will do the baking!”


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