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    • Organisations all over the world are holding governments to account, challenging corruption, and demanding the right to transparency, and they are using digital technologies to do so. Why should every organisation have to write their software from scratch? By sharing code, we can make things quicker and easier, freeing up time for the important things. More about Poplus

    • Diigo Tagsopensourcecommunity empowermente-democracytechtoolsOpen GovOpen Data




    • ABOUT THE COMMUNITY TOOL BOX The Community Tool Box is a free, online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. It offers thousands of pages of tips and tools for taking action in communities. Want to learn about community assessment, planning, intervention, evaluation, advocacy, and other aspects of community practice? Then help yourself to over 300 educational modules and other free tools. Under continuous development since 1994, the Community Tool Box is widely used in teaching, training, and technical support. Currently available in English, Spanish, and Arabic and with millions of user sessions annually, it has reached those working in over 230 countries around the world.

    • Diigo Tagscommunityplanningtoolschangedevelopmentactivismtoolboxresources




    • Sprawl remains the prevailing growth pattern across the United States, even though experts in planning, economics and environmental issues have long denounced it as wasteful, inefficient, and unsustainable. Sprawl is a principal cause of lost open space and natural habitat as well as increases in air and water pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, infrastructure costs, and even obesity. It also plays a primary role in the housing meltdown plaguing the nation. But is it possible to repair sprawling suburbs and create more livable, robust, and eco-sensitive communities where they do not now exist? This new book answers with a resounding "yes" and provides a toolbox of creative approaches for doing just that. 

    • Diigo TagsNew Urbanismsprawlsustainabilityinfrastructuretoolbox




    • LocalData is a new digital toolkit designed to help community groups, professional planners and government agencies modernize community-led data collection of place-based information.THE NEEDAcross the country, community groups, planners and government agencies collect parcel-level information about communities. Typically, the process for collecting, transcribing and cleaning this data can be confusing, lengthy and disempowering. LocalData transforms this process with technology.LocalData began as a 2012 Code for America project with the City of Detroit. Three Code for America fellows (Matt, Alicia and Prashant) identified a need for local data in Detroit. Though community groups were actively surveying neighborhoods and using this data — neighborhood level surveys took a long time and further stressed the under-resourced technical assistance providers that were assisting this effort. Additionally, comprehensive city-wide surveys were taken infrequently, often involving multiple partners, with months of surveying and transcription.

    • Diigo TagsCode for Americatechtoolstechnologydata analyticstoolkitcommunities




    • Beta Preview ParticipateDB has been around for 897 days and is currently in closed beta. Please contact us to request an invite. We've started to add a first round of seed content: follow these links to browse our 207 tools, 244 projects and 155 references.
    • Diigo Tagsparticipationcollaborationtools




    • Three basic principlesEmpowerment. SeeClickFix allows anyone to report and track non-emergency issues anywhere in the world via the internet. This empowers citizens, community groups, media organizations and governments to take care of and improve their neighborhoods.Efficiency. Two heads are better than one and 300 heads are better than two. In computer terminology, distributed sensing is particularly powerful at recognizing patterns, such as those that gradually take shape on a street. Besides, the government can't be in all places at all times. We make it easy and fun for everyone to see, click and fix.Engagement. Citizens who take the time to report even minor issues and see them fixed are likely to get more engaged in their local communities. It's called a self-reinforcing loop. This also makes people happy and everyone benefits from that.

    • Diigo Tagscommunitygovernmentcommunity empowermentcode enforcement





    • WE THINQ was born from the need to create a space to explore innovation. The creator, Christian Kreutz has been working as an innovation advisor since 2006. When working with clients he found that the small things were getting in the way of meaningful work. Gathering people together for a workshop or conference devoured organisational resources. Instead of developing great ideas, change makers were spending their time to find creative minds. He found a few online collaboration tools, but these were overloaded with features and complicated to use that they didn't help his clients at all. And so, WE THINQ was born. 

    • Diigo TagsideainnovationcollaborationComplexitysoftwareorganizational learningtechtools




    • The concept for this site was born when a group of us at West End Community Ventures were launching Ottawa-Carleton's first Green Community initiative. We wanted to better our understanding of how to improve our own program's impact. In securing funding from the Ontario and Canadian governments, we were encouraged - and enabled - to step back from the day-to-day urgencies of our particular program and to take a broader and longer view.

    • Diigo Tagscommunity empowermentsocial mediachange agent




    • We build open source software. We help agencies open up their data. We report on urban issues. We offer technical assistance to public agencies, and we build communities around our initiatives in order to seed an open and evolving ecosystem of technology tools that further the public interest.




    • Video mapping system for Healthy City an information + action resource that unites community voices, rigorous research and innovative technologies to solve the root causes of social inequity.

    • Diigo tags:health data maps community HealthyCity livable community 




    • The U.S. Economic Development Administration sponsored this project to develop new tools to support strategic economic development planning in rural regions. The goal of this work is to help rural planners assess their region's comparative strengths and weaknesses with respect to fostering innovation-based growth. The project's data and tools, however, can be used equally well in any type of region-urban, exurban, metropolitan or custom-based depending upon need and purpose.

    • Diigo Tags: innovation EDA strategic economic-development



    • The Edward Lowe Foundation has developed an interactive resource center that allows users to explore economic activity in their own regions-and across the country. YourEconomy.org (YE) provides detailed information about the performance of businesses from a national to a local perspective by following individual establishments who have a DUNS number. Of particular significance, YE depicts a dynamic journey of how business communities are evolving through time as opposed to traditional research and data sources that focus on a static moment.

    • Diigo Tags: economics research economic development




    • The real-time city is now real! The increasing deployment of sensors and hand-held electronics in recent years is allowing a new approach to the study of the built environment. The way we describe and understand cities is being radically transformed - alongside the tools we use to design them and impact on their physical structure. Studying these changes from a critical point of view and anticipating them is the goal of the SENSEable City Laboratory, a new research initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    • Diigo TagsMITresearchvisualizationtechnologydesignurbanarchitecturemobile




    • The MIT Senseable City Laboratory aims to investigate and anticipate how digital technologies are changing the way people live and their implications at the urban scale. Director Carlo Ratti founded the Senseable City Lab in 2004 within the City Design and Development group at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, as well as in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab. The Lab's mission states...See More

    • Diigo TagsMITcitylabtechnologyFacebookurban designurban planning


    • ParticipateDB is a collaborative catalogue for online tools for participation (often referred to as tools for web-based engagement, online participation, e-participation, e-consultation, online dialogue, online deliberation etc.).

    • Diigo Tagscollaborationweb2.0techtoolsFacebook


    • SeeClickFix is an online and mobile tool that allows citizens to report and monitor non-emergency issues in the public space. Issues that are reported through the website are recorded on a map for everyone to see and interact with. Anyone can receive email alerts on the issues based on a filter by geographical area and keyword.

    • Diigo Tagstechtoolspublic spaceGov2.0Facebook




    • Nesta is an independent charity with a mission to help people and organisations bring great ideas to life.We do this by providing investments and grants and mobilising research, networks and skills.Nesta doesn’t work alone. We rely on the strength of the partnerships we form with other innovators, community organisations, educators and investors too.We’re in the very lucky position of gaining greater independence and freedom at a time when many organisations face severe constraints.

    • Diigo Tagsinnovationtechnologyfundingresearchnetworkingcivil society







    • Good Done Great is a social enterprise made up of committed professionals with extensive experience both working and volunteering at nonprofits, and developing solutions at nonprofit technology companies. Our team is dedicated to making a lasting impact through our social mission and we are honored to support the good works done by our clients and our partners.

    • Diigo Tagsnon-profittechnologysoftwaresolutionsinnovation



    • Our goal is to provide you with a solution that is of the same quality as custom-built software and that does exactly what you need, for less than what you would pay for commercial off-the-shelf software that only gets you 80% there. We know we can do it, and we think you should too.

    • Diigo TagssoftwaresolutionsinnovationFacebook




    • Empowered.org is a free online platform for social enterprises and not-for-profit organizations around the world to mobilize its members/supporters, fundraise, and coordinate initiatives through a dynamic social media site. What sets Empowered apart, is its high degrees of functionality around multi-chaptered organizations and high levels of customization that allow for closed platforms for participating organizations.

    • Diigo Tagsempowermentcommunity empowerment

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    • The TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE TOOL is designed to help optimize the impact of economic development investments on economic vitality, natural resource stewardship, and community well-being. Click below to get quick facts, or download this User's Guide to dig into details.

    • Diigo Tagseconomic developmenttriple bottom linetechtools



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