Crowdfunding is increasingly being used by cities’ local authorities, usually refered as ‘Civic crowdfunding‘, aiming to democratise the way places are created and funded: from’Civic crowdfunding new street markets and revamped playgrounds, to gardens planted on derelict railway lines.This report by Future Cities Catapult studies the progress of the first wave of local authorities making use of this approach, highlighting the challenges and opportunities of it.
This report aims to investigate multi-level governance and vertical policy integration in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at all levels of government. More specifically, it focuses on exploring in depth governance structure for sustainable development, as well as multi-level governance and vertical policy integration.
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.
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.
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.
Why 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.