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by Elizabeth Reynoso & Ben Hecht on Jun 27, 2018

Realizing the Potential of Data, Tech and Local Government Collaboration 

Today we're launching a suite of resources based on the lessons of the Civic Tech and Data Collaborative, for other communities looking to harness the potential of this type of cross-sector collaboration.

Blog Post Elizabeth Reynoso & Ben Hecht on Jun 27, 2018

Realizing the Potential of Data, Tech and Local Government Collaboration 

Today we're launching a suite of resources based on the lessons of the Civic Tech and Data Collaborative, for other communities looking to harness the potential of this type of cross-sector collabora…

Blog Post Laura McKieran on May 23, 2018

Building a City-Wide Culture of Data in San Antonio 

In San Antonio, diverse community members are coming together to realize their vision of a better quality of life for residents by increasing the transparency, quality and accessibility of community …

Blog Post Alicia Rouault on Apr 6, 2018

Meeting Youth Where They’re At: A User-Centered Approach to Boston's Summer Job… 

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Field Scan of Civic Technology 

We interviewed 25 people with expertise in cities, issues facing low income people, and technology in June and July of 2012. This field scan presents our synthesis - and a snapshot of the civic tech field.

Blog Post Elizabeth Reynoso on Mar 28, 2018

The Power of Ecosystems for Problem-Solving 

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.

Blog Post John Cruz, MUP & Laura Kinsell-Baer on Feb 22, 2018

Engaging Hard to Reach Users in Designing Civic Tech  

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…

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Summit on Government Performance & Innovation 

Blog Post Louise Carter & Elaine Albertson on Jan 22, 2018

5 Lessons for Harnessing Data and Tech to Meet Community Needs 

A community data intermediary in the Seattle area reflects on lessons learned in bridging between data, tech, and community-based organizations.

Blog Post Louise Carter & Elaine Albertson on Jan 18, 2018

Leveraging Data to Address Community Needs in King County 

A longtime data intermediary in the Seattle area reflects on opportunities to partner with tech and leverage data for big-picture change.

Blog Post April Urban on Nov 16, 2017

Powering Social Change with Data and Tech in Northeast Ohio 

Data and information can be harnessed to power social change.

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Civic Technology 

Using digital technologies and social media to improve service provision, civic engagement, and data analysis.

Blog Post Bob Gradeck & Eleanor Tutt on Oct 19, 2017

Pittsburgh's Data Day: Using Civic Data to Spark Hands-on Community Engagement  

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 …

Blog Post John Cruz, MUP & Laura Kinsell-Baer on May 4, 2017

Court Data in St. Louis County: Sharing Sensitively 

A civic tech collaborative from St. Louis has developed a solution to help non-violent traffic offenders trapped in the court system.

Blog Post Kathryn Pettit & Christopher Whitaker on Nov 1, 2016

The Civic Tech and Data Collaborative: Who We Are 

Meet the organizations and cities that make up the Civic Tech and Data Collaborative.

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Steve Goldsmith 

Stephen Goldsmith is the Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and the Director of the Innovations in Government Program at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Blog Post Alex Torpey on Aug 30, 2016

Employing Youth: Building a Summer Jobs Program with Young People 

A civic technology partnership in Boston is transforming the way young people find summer employment.

Blog Post Christopher Whitaker on Jun 6, 2016

Tech is Hard, Governing is Harder. Lend a Hand. 

Learn how civic hackathons are leading to breakthrough innovations.

Blog Post Nadia Owusu on Mar 2, 2016

Living Cities’ Civic Tech Journey: An Open-Sourcing Social Change Case Study 

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…

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Feb 4, 2016

#BensTake: Technology as an Accelerant for Change in 2016  

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.

Blog Post Alyssa Campbell on Nov 19, 2015

Four Lessons on Relationships, Trust and Shared Learning in Cohorts  

How can multi-site cohorts build relationships and trust, and facilitate shared learning? One intern shares four lessons from Living Cities seven year history of working with cohorts across cities an…