What do biological ecosystems have to do with promoting social change? In our work, using the metaphor of ecosystems has been a powerful tool for taking on complex and evolving problems.
Designing useful tech solutions requires working "with, not for" the community to solve problems. A civic tech and data collaborative in St. Louis reflects on how they engaged their end users—residen…
A community data intermediary in the Seattle area reflects on lessons learned in bridging between data, tech, and community-based organizations.
A longtime data intermediary in the Seattle area reflects on opportunities to partner with tech and leverage data for big-picture change.
Data and information can be harnessed to power social change.
Even if you have a wealth of public data, it can be a struggle to engage diverse stakeholders who could use that information to improve their community. Pittsburgh's Data Days are designed to tackle …
By partnering with universities to leverage data and technology, cities continue to emerge as bright spots of innovation. They're leading the way in tackling today's most intractable problems.
A civic tech collaborative from St. Louis has developed a solution to help non-violent traffic offenders trapped in the court system.
Meet the organizations and cities that make up the Civic Tech and Data Collaborative.
A civic technology partnership in Boston is transforming the way young people find summer employment.
The Louisville City Accelerator team reflects on a hackathon that created a low-cost wireless smoke detector.
Learn how civic hackathons are leading to breakthrough innovations.
Are you overwhelmed when trying to find tools and resources that best address your needs? The new #HereAndNow Toolbox, a searchable hub for practitioners, makes finding the right tool easy.
Cities are using new approaches and partnerships to maximize the impact of summer jobs programs.
What lessons can world megacities teach us about urban innovation?
Our 2015 annual report curates tools created by innovators on the front lines of social change.
Story Maps are becoming an increasingly important tool for cities to engage and inspire audiences, just as GIS is becoming an increasingly important tool for cities to understand and address the chal…
We set out to learn about civic technology, unsure of where our learning questions would lead us. Our open-sourced approach offered us endless opportunities to deepen our knowledge and expand our imp…
Our newest blog series delves into four, unique accelerants that put U.S. cities on the verge of something "very special" in 2016. In this post: the ubiquity and power of technology.
Learn how the Syracuse i-team is driving a shift toward data-oriented government in their city.
In 2016, we'll follow a number of trends to learn more about how promising practices might lead to dramatically better results for low-income people, faster. Five of these trends are top-of-mind in t…
How can thinking from the design world help cities improve the way that residents experience and interact with government?
To truly leverage the potential of technology to achieve dramatically better results for low-income people, Philanthropy must drive solutions in more intentional ways.