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5 July 2018
Portland, Oregon, United States
Under 800 Words
Even as cities fight gentrification, residents are often consulted late in urban planning, if at all. Cat Goughnour is pushing for change in Portland. Her consulting group ran a series of workshops, resulting in commu...
4 July 2018
Leeds, United Kingdom
With a single tap, public health workers in Leeds can use a mobile app to record signs of loneliness in the city. Their observations generate a heat map of social isolation, which then guides community outreach effort...
29 June 2018
Kent, Washington, United States
In a small town south of Seattle an organization called Living Well Kent, made up of immigrants, refugees, and people of color who dominate the region, decided that the best way to promote health in their area would b...
26 June 2018
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
To resolve road construction communications with frustrated drivers, the New Orleans government developed RoadWork NOLA - an app that showed planned road construction. Unfortunately, no one was using it. Instead of gi...
25 June 2018
San Francisco, California, United States
Over 15 Minutes
A fundraiser called “Reunite an immigrant parent with their child” raised $19 million in one week for the Texas nonprofit RAICES. Creators Charlotte and Dave Willner say almost half a million people have donated via F...
22 June 2018
Los Angeles, California, United States
The Los Angeles-based group Across Our Kitchen Tables is hoping to overcome the underrepresentation of women of color in the food industry. The group connects women, helps them discuss ideas and recipes, and hosts wor...
19 June 2018
Across the country municipalities are repurposing former juvenile detention centers as juvenile incarceration rates have declined and remaking them as places of healing. Each community is different in its approach, wi...
18 June 2018
Oakland, California, United States
A Facebook messenger app allows people to record their interactions with police and include their own age, race and gender, location and how they felt about the incident, so that collectively these individual stories ...
15 June 2018
Mansfield, Ohio, United States
Over 3000 Words
Ohio has more than 50 land banks, which are best known for reducing blight by demolishing old buildings, but several land banks are trying creative ways to enhance their land on a budget. Successful projects include a...
15 June 2018
Researchers found that more greenery in urban spaces reduces crime and this idea of combatting crime with good design is part of a discipline called Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, or CPTED. It spread a...
Down To Earth
1 June 2018
Motivated by crop devastation from a severe drought, farmers in parts of Kenya took action to prevent a similar event from impacting them in the future. Working together, these small-scale farmers implemented conserva...
17 May 2018
College Park, Maryland, United States
In order for alternatives to driving to be widely adopted, accurate information about service and arrival times needs to be accesible. To fill this need, applications providing bus routes and arrival times are being d...
15 May 2018
London, United Kingdom
Games can help government employees feel more engaged in their work. The United Kingdom’s Department of Work and Pensions uses a game called Idea Street to encourage innovation, and the City of Louisville, Kentucky, a...
2 May 2018
Detroit, Michigan, United States
In an effort to brainstorm ideas to revitalize Detroit's West Riverfront Park, the city sent community members around the country to see what's working in other cities. After coming back with ideas, the community memb...
1 May 2018
Immersive virtual reality trains students and employees on how actions can lead to harassment and discrimination in schools and the workplace. These interactive games have shown to be effective at helping people retai...
25 April 2018
While news of failures in the fight against climate change make headlines daily, there are many steps the everyday citizen can take to reduce their impact. Many don't know where to start though. That's where Project D...
24 April 2018
How-to guides and mentorship help first-time candidates running for office. The organization Run for Something supports young liberals breaking into state and local politics. Many of them are taking on hard-to-beat in...
19 April 2018
Popular video game Minecraft, an easy-to-use game where users construct the world around them, has been used by UN-Habitat in 40 projects across 35 cities in 25 countries to design public spaces. The accessible platfo...
16 April 2018
Over 15 Minutes
Cash prizes push people to solve all sorts of problems. Advancements in aircraft and spacecraft in particular have came out of public innovation challenges.
13 April 2018
St. Anthony, Minnesota, United States
Broadcast TV Programs
Over 15 Minutes
In the premiere episode of Wyatt Cenac's “Problem Areas” he focuses on fixes for manure polluting waterways, but mostly on policing in America, with an in-depth review of what happened with the death of Philando Casti...
10 April 2018
In Taiwan, more than 4,500 citizens helped design regulations on ride-hailing and taxi companies by sharing feedback on digital platforms. The online tools can support democratic policymaking but face some accessibili...
9 April 2018
Canton, Ohio, United States
Broadcast TV News
The mayor’s office in Canton, Ohio recently implemented SeeClickFix, an app that allows local residents to share pictures of problems they see, such as potholes and abandoned cars. The complaints get added to a list f...
7 April 2018
Pueblo, Colorado, United States
When lead and arsenic levels threatened the communities in Southeastern Colorado, the Environmental Protection Agency was asked to step in. In order to have a seat at the table when decisions were being made, communit...
21 March 2018
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
It turns out the old adage of knowing your neighbor really can help make your neighborhood safer. A study of more than 250 cities found that a key factor behind a drop in crime in the last 20 years was the mobilizing ...
21 March 2018
Seattle, Washington, United States
Conservation groups and land trusts that typically serve rural areas have begun integrating their missions and services in urban communities to battle environmental inequity and blight. In cities like Cleveland and Se...
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