Jamming together: how folk festivals engage local communities

Community is central to the idea of the folk festival. But communities that host these public events don’t just provide inspiration, venues or cultural backdrops to art or performance. They actively shape the event’s success.

Sally Hussey

Sally Hussey

4 years ago

Food security, asylum seekers and the Food Justice Truck

Since 2012 Deakin University and Pozible.com have funded research for social good – research that may otherwise be sidelined by traditional channels. Fiona McKay, School of Health and Social Development, expands on the current campaign for food security for asylum seekers in a mobile fresh food market, the Food Justice Truck.

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Fiona McKay

4 years ago

Fundamental Issue of Fiscal Trust: Part I

Dina Graser, Senior Advisor at the Institute on Municipal Finance & Governance, University of Toronto and Pamela Robinson, Associate Professor, School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University, suggest citizen engagement processes can be mapped onto dimensions of “trust”.

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Dina Graser

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Pamela Robinson

4 years ago

Get engaged – complain!

Jessica Topham discovers using complaints can be a starting point for positive engagement and problem solving.

Jessica Topham

Jessica Topham

4 years ago

Participatory Budgeting Nurtures Democratic Values

Participatory budgeting purports to improve transparency and accountability. ‘Participatory Budgeting in the United States: A Guide for Local Governments’ is a primer that explores a now popular form of participatory governance.

Sally Hussey

Sally Hussey

4 years ago

6 Tips For Choosing Community Engagement Tool

Online community engagement software comes in many guises with a range of different options for engaging communities and stakeholders. As a minimum standard for any online community engagement software, here are the top 6 things to look for.

Matthew Crozier

Matthew Crozier

4 years ago

Data-driven governance crucial to social change

Decision-makers are investing in data-driven practices and programs to achieve real social change where community members are not just recipients but producers of project outcomes.

Sally Hussey

Sally Hussey

4 years ago

Children’s civic engagement

The Scratch online community addresses children’s civic engagement. Children and youth are provided a space to program, share, and discuss interactive media projects. A project by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab, members have shared over 16.3 million projects and 87.4 million project comments.

Sally Hussey

Sally Hussey

4 years ago

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Interactive mapping operationalizes accessibility

In transport planning, locational accessibility measures offer insights into the possibilities of broader economic effects. Linking transport systems and land use, accessibility measures can transform complex technical information into representations more easily understood information for diverse stakeholders that can support co-creative planning.

Sally Hussey

Sally Hussey

4 years ago

Sustainable cities foster a community-engaged university

Portland, one of the world’s most sustainable cities, benefits from university-community partnerships on sustainability. B.D. Wortham-Galvin, Jennifer H. Allen and Jacob Sherman discuss Portland State University’s community engagement, teaching and service.

Sally Hussey

Sally Hussey

4 years ago

Smart city: from innovative concept to government vision

The smart city comprises multiple facets and collaborations. Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Genova, Renata Paola Dameri, investigates the relationship between principal actors she identifies at its conceptual core: university, government and industry.

Sally Hussey

Sally Hussey

4 years ago

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