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Innovation in Europe’s Cities

This work sets out the context for Bloomberg Philanthropies’ European Mayors Challenge. It gives an overview of the themes facing European cities today and provides an independent analysis of the 155 submissions to the award and a detailed review of the winning proposals. It concludes by offering lessons that can be drawn from the Challenge, worldwide.

August 9, 2017 Visit Site
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Streetography

Wondering how to convey a neighbourhood’s feel in a quick, visual way? Streetography is reinventing the streetmap on smartphones by overlaying maps with curated, high-quality photos to give users a taste of the local flavor of each block, neighborhood, or city. Watch the video and try it out!

August 8, 2017 Visit Site
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Quebec’s Vacant Church Buildings Resurrected as Community Spaces

This article explores how Quebec’s churches are being repurposed as community hubs and cultural centers – from libraries to coworking spaces to circus art studios! “Whether you’re a believer or not, the church is still a meeting place…It’s the heart of the neighborhood, and we’re going to give it back that role.” – Dominique Drolet, Présidente d’Espace Solidaire,…

August 1, 2017 Visit Site
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Fab City Prototypes

This article is the extract of the proposal submitted by the Fab City global initiative to the European Commission call for Circular Economy large scale demonstrators. Though the proposal did not advance, its ideas are timely and contribute to the burgeoning shift towards an inclusive and impactful Circular Economy.

July 28, 2017 Visit Site
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CitySpeak

CitySpeak is a new publication on Medium that invites anyone to contribute to meaningful conversations about how cities and companies can work together better to solve our toughest urban challenges – through innovative design, thoughtful policy, creative collaborations, and impact=focussed financing models.

July 27, 2017 Visit Site
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Fab City Blog

A collection of news, stories and ideas contributed by members of the Fab City global initiative.

July 25, 2017 Visit Site
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LEDlab Field Book

This book explores LEDLab’s (based in Vancouver, BC) partnership and funding model, and discusses organizational structure and accountability, budget, and an evaluation framework. It is intended for universities, municipalities, non-profits and community development organizations that wish to replicate their model, which is at its core a university-community partnership that leverages a Mitacs grant for social change.

July 25, 2017 Visit Site
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A visit to a urban commons in Ghent: the NEST experiment

The municipality of Ghent, Belgium is at the forefront of the international stage of urban commons. This article shares how NEST, a cooperatively planned, designed, and managed six-storey building, is temporarily opening up a civically minded space for collaboration.

July 18, 2017 Visit Site
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Psychology & the City : The Hidden Dimension

In a constant cycle of influencing and being influenced, the city impacts upon our mind and our emotional state impacts upon the city with untold effects. This new book by Charles Landry explores the under-studied connections between psychology and our individual and collective experiences of cities in order to bring out potential and help heal fractures.

July 18, 2017 Visit Site
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Building the Capacity to Innovate

While the majority of nonprofit leaders aspire to innovate, they face a number of obstacle. This guide is meant to help nonprofits close the gap between their aspirations and their current capacity to innovate—to build the mindset and the muscles needed to identify breakthrough ideas, opportunities, and ways of working, and put them into practice.

July 5, 2017 Visit Site