Smart cities are all about citizen inclusion. But just how data-aware are city-users and makers? Researchers at the Centre for Big Open Linked Data look at the social issues of ubiquitous urban digitization.
Jason Diceman, Facilitator and a Senior Public Consultation Coordinator for the City of Toronto, discusses avoiding ‘groupthink’, reliability of collective results and a more involved deliberative process in his new creation, Feedback Frames.
‘Citizen engagement requires good communication – but good communication alone is not citizen engagement’. Alec Walker-Love, Europe-based communications specialist with a background in urban mobility, reflects on a practitioner research report on citizen engagement and urban transformation.
Nicola Saltman and Kimberly Crawford, Sustainable Communities, Waverley Council, discuss social research, behaviour change theory and innovative engagement approaches to inspire positive environmental action in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs.
Alli Magidsohn, creative strategist, interviews Ray Boyle, co-founder of Our City, a start-up non-profit based in Oakland, California that works with public art and design to transform civic engagement and empower citizens to improve their communities.
Mark Dean, Australian Institute for Industrial Transformation, Flinders University, charts co-design’s efficacy as a model of public engagement in urban renewal and regeneration initiatives in Northern Adelaide.
Working in community engagement is a bit like working in an auto repair shop. Imagine engagement workers as mechanics tinkering away trying to make adjustments to a giant machine that was built for purpose a long time ago. Operators have realised the machine may not be as effective as it should be but is too […]