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Explore the global front runners for city climate action

The Global Opportunity Explorer showcases 300 of the most innovative urban climate solutions from cities around the world. Discover how cities are using climate action to future-proof against challenges such as extreme weather, air pollution and growing populations in areas including transportation, waste, energy, mitigation and adaptation. Open for submissions!

October 12, 2017 Visit Site
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Shared Measurement: The Why is Clear, the How Continues to Develop

Written by evaluation expert Mark Cabaj, this paper offers five practical shared measurement challenges that, if not handled well, can weaken a group’s ability to evaluate and manage their Collective Impact effort. A good read for any organization working to tackle tough social, economic, and environmental challenges at scale.  

October 12, 2017 Visit Site
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Explainer: What is a national urban policy?

The overriding idea behind a national urban policy is to make sure that this urban lens figures prominently into the decision-making of any national government — on transportation, housing, trade, health and much more. But how does a country go about developing and implementing such a policy? Read this explainer to find out.

October 12, 2017 Visit Site
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“New economic” logics and urban sustainability transitions

This paper argues that cities will play a critical role in sustainability transitions, and that the direction of such transitions will inevitably be shaped by prevailing economic logics. Whilst neoliberalism has played a powerful role in shaping urban development, the authors highlight four alternative, ‘new economic’ logics representing fundamentally different modes of economic organization.

October 11, 2017 Visit Site
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Sous les pavés

Sous les pavés est un projet qui vise à déminéraliser à la main et de manière participative une douzaine d’espaces publics dans au moins six régions du Québec d’ici 2020. Il engage les communautés et les citoyens à adopter des pratiques inspirantes d’adaptation aux changements climatiques.

October 11, 2017 Visit Site
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Transforming Together: Leading for People and Place

Based on interviews with councils and their public sector & voluntary organisation partners, the authors explore conditions for collaborative innovation in local government. Findings include: focus on outcomes not services; lead with passion, energy and a recognition that the best strategies come from people using & working at the coalface; relationships are at the heart of…

October 11, 2017 Visit Site
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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