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Collaborative Innovation

Data and the City Report

Data and the City: How Can Public Data Infrastructures Change Lives in Urban Regions? report, produced by Jonathan Gray and Danny Lämmerhirt, aims to shed light on aspects referring to the ways in which data can play an essential role in tackling emerging issues from the rapid urbanization process. Continue reading…

The City as a Lab: Open Innovation Meets the Collaborative Economy

This article introduces a special issue on the increasing role of cities as a driver for (open) innovation and entrepreneurship. It frames the innovation space being cultivated by proactive cities. Drawing on the diverse papers selected in this special issue, this introduction explores a series of tensions that are emerging as innovators and entrepreneurs seek to engage with local governments and citizens in an effort to improve the quality of life and promote local economic growth. Continue reading…

Inclusive Smart Cities: a European Manifesto on Citizen Engagement

The European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities has launched a manifesto on Citizen Engagement. It declares the commitment of signatories to create and foster accessible urban services for citizens, in order to improve the quality of life in cities and contribute to sustainable cities and a liveable environment. Continue reading…

Smart Investments Make Smart Cities

Most cities started their journey toward becoming smart with government digitization efforts that focused on benefiting constituents. But with the advent of the Internet of Things Continue reading…

Public Agenda on Participatory Budgeting

public-agendaWhy let people decide? Elected officials on participatory budgeting is a report from Public Agenda that presents a summary of the research on U.S. selected officials’ views of and experience with participatory budgeting (PB).  Based on in-depth interviews, the report discusses what had motivated officials to adopt or not PB, as well as what have been the challenges and opportunities of its implementation. Continue reading…

Book: Democratic by design

Democraticbydesign_copy_230_350“Democratic by Design: How Carsharing, Co-ops, and Community Land Trusts Are Reinventing America ” by Gabriel Metcalf is a book that looks at how alternative institutions—small-scale, self-organized projects that work outside the traditional structures of government and business—can ultimately scale up to effect widespread social change. Continue reading…

Making Sense of the UK Collaborative Economy

making_sense_of_the_uk_collaborative_economy_coverNesta and Collaborative Lab published a research report aiming to figure out how a road ahead in the collaborative economy, although not necessarily straightforward, can work in powerful ways for 21st century business, governments and communities. Continue reading…

EU Public Consultation on Science 2.0

eu_research_consultations_science-2_0The European Commission launched a public consultation on ‘Science 2.0’, in order to gauge the trend towards a more open, data-driven and people-focused way of doing research and innovation. ‘Science 2.0’ is understood as a systemic change in the modus operandi of doing research and organising science. Continue reading…

The Year in Kickstarter 2013

kickstarter_com_year_2013Kickstarter, the crowdfunding pioneer, has released its 2013 year in review. According to the company’s own internal numbers it generated $480 million in pledges from three million people during 2013, a big jump from the $274 million and 2.2 million contributors that it attracted in 2012. Continue reading…

Crowdsourcing Social Problems

crowdsource071220113x4William D. Eggers, author of eight books on government reform and Global Public Sector Research Director at Deloitte, whites about how distributed technology is used to tackle society’s most intractable challenges. Continue reading…