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Brian G. Dowling

New Community Paradigms [licensed for non-commercial use only] / Cities for People - 1 views

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      In a "cold" economic climate better to make cities better cities than to build icons. 
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      Copenhagen and Melbourne are among cities seen as being highly livable. Most of the cities was done in cold economic times.  Creating Public spaces can be the least expensive, quickest, the most visible with the greatest impact for the greatest number of people that a city can do.  Lyon did this in an economic downturn.   
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      Copenhagen had economic issues in 70's and still put money into streets to lift spirits of the community.  
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      "In this City everything will be done to invite people to walk and bicycle as much as possible in the course of their daily doings." Keyword inviting. 
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      5 times more people can move per hour on a bicycle track compared to a lane for cars.  
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      Copenhagen credits bicyclists with saving 90,000 tons of CO2 every year. 
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      'Bicyclists live longer" "Danes who bicycle to work every day reduce the risk of serious diseases 50%"
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      Cities become destination in their own right now merely someplace to do other things like shopping.  
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      Copenhagen Streets: Sidewalks, 2 proper bicycle lands, street trees, 2 lanes for 2 way traffic and a substantial median to facilitate crossing the street. "We do not have to think and act as 1960's traffic engineers for ever - times are changing and traffic engineers are by now much smarter"
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      Sidewalks and bicycle lanes are taken across sidestreets making the city more comfortable and people friendly!
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      Copehagen in its 2009 New Public Life Policy strove to the "WORLD'S FINEST CITY FOR PEOPLE" among the goals having everyone to walk 20% more by 2015!!!
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      Copenhagen is a city where bicycling has become incorporated as an efficient, citywide transportation system.
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      Bicycles are taken straight through the street crossings and the lanes are marked with blue.  Bicycle signals turn green 6 seconds before car signals.
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      In Copenhagen 27% drive a car to get to work, 33% use public transit, 5% walk and 37% ride a bicycle.
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      Between 1994 and 2004 Melbourne City Center saw increases in Pedestrian traffic on weekdays by over 40%, Pedestrian traffic in the evenings by over 100% and stationary activities by over 200 to 300%
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      "Compared to most other mindsets, Vancouver's thinking has been counterintuitive because we rank walking at the top of the list followed by bicycling, transit and goods movement. The auto is last.
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      People are looking for a Lively City, an Attractive City, a Safe City, a Sustainable City and a Healthy City.
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    The closing keynote at the Economist Conferences Event, "Creating tomorrow's liveable cities", presented byProfessor Jan Gehl, founding partner of Gehl Architects,Copenhagen. This video provides a good deal of information on the benefits bicycling and walking have on a livable community when integrated into the community landscape.
Brian G. Dowling

About What Works Work - What Works Work - 1 views

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    WHAT WORKS WORK IS DESIGNED TO ACCELERATE WORK' USE OF DATA AND EVIDENCE TO IMPROVE PEOPLE'S LIVES.
Brian G. Dowling

City Reps Talk 6 Big Barriers to Taking Climate Action - Next City - 0 views

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    But an increase in local control couldn't do away with every barrier. The C40 report identifies six main challenge themes standing in the way of city action: 1) the relationship between a city's authority and the authority of different levels of government, including national and international; 2) the structure, culture, priorities, planning, decision-making and financial practice within city government; 3) the need to communicate the costs and benefits of engaging in pro-climate actions; 4) engaging and collaborating with stakeholders in and outside of government; 5) forging an effective makinging relationship with the private sector; and 6) funding climate action.
Brian Dowling

Making Making Making / newcommunityparadigms [licensed for non-commercial use only] - 7 views

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      Economics and creating livable cities notes and comments on the video. Related blog post http://bit.ly/qXggrn    related wiki post http://bit.ly/nKYXWt 
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      The future of communities promises to be austere with less public funding available.  This means other means need to be used to create new community paradigms but the challenge is that any major change must take hold in the first 6 months or the existing organizational culture will put the brakes on the effort in self survival.
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      Major efforts also take 3 requirements. Leadership, Vision and Funding. I suspect for community paradigms the most important is Vision around which Leadership can be organized around to attain funding. One important focus for the community as a whole will be job creation.
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      These efforts need to work with outside usually private agencies and finding avenues of mutual benefit.  Having a cooperative government entity to work though can therefore be a plus.
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      Universities are changing their role in the working with communities.  They can be great resources without necessarily trying to establish political control. Students are also a great resource for community change. Different disciplines design, technology and business can be brought together to help create innovative ideas. They can, as should community paradigm organizations, challenge the status quo. At the same time there is a necessity for structure. The question is how to community paradigm groups achieve structure?
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      In creating community paradigms outcomes are as important as outputs.  Outputs is the metric by which an effort is judged and usually quantitative but outcomes are the changes to the community that come from implementing the effort. You leave behind something sustainable in new partnerships, new ways of working, new ideas.
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      The challenge is working with experts for innovative ideas without being snare by ideas that are politically or economically motivated to give another advantage or because they are expedient.
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      The very idea of endeavoring to bring about new community paradigms means creating an environment with more social capital from which to draw to achieve the desired shift in community paradigm requires a good deal of volunteering where the participants actively pursue their role as producers of democracy. Volunteering is not limited to formal volunteering but all altruistic forms of social interaction. It helps to increase democratic participation. Robert Putnam's work demonstrates that it also has positive economic benefit as well. See wiki page for more info. There does however need to be something more to the effort of creating a new community paradigm beyond volunteering. What that is not clear but it seems to rise out of the act of creating a viable community paradigm shift.
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      Danger of disconnect brought about by austerity measures cutting people of from the community. Thousand flowers wll bloom without government theory is without merit
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      Communities should do more than provide shelter they should provide opportunities and fundamentally economic opportunities. 
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      Need a more holistic view, local competency, asking private sector to work in totally different way from traditional way but business still wants government to get out of the way. 
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      Government can be overly reactive going for the flavor of the minute.
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      What is the relationship of virtual communities to real communities through the enabling of programs such as car sharing.  Can it reinforce the connections of communities?
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      Volunteering at its best is a face to face proposition
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      Liveable is not merely a means of economic advantage but also must include other factors including environmental. We seek what cities give us culturally and aesthetically 
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      This part of the discussion mirrors the work of Soul of the Community blog post http://bit.ly/qfZtt2 wiki post http://bit.ly/mXp0sF
Brian G. Dowling

Sketch City: Civic Hacking and Open Data in Houston, Texas - 0 views

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    We work together to advance technology and data in public decision work. Our community of 2,700+ people work on projects, attend events, help shape public policy, and produce the annual City of Houston Hackathon in May.
Brian G. Dowling

The Code for America Brigade | Open Impact | Landing - 0 views

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    Open government is essential to the future of America. Let's work together to transform our work. Let's create more efficient government services and a more engaged community. It's time to advocate for a better city. It's time to make an Open Impact.
Brian G. Dowling

News and Events | LACBC - 2 views

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    LACBC engages in a wide variety of policy, advocacy, education, and community building work to make the streets of Los Angeles County more bike friendly for all types of cyclists! We engage through our advocacy with the City of Los Angeles' Bike Plan Implementation, Spanish language education and bike repair through City of Lights, policy work in Glendale, Culver City, the South Bay, and Long Beach, amongst other work, and community building through the River Ride and our Sunday Funday monthly member rides.
Brian G. Dowling

50 State Solution - 0 views

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    The 50 State Solution was conceived in early 2016 by California Forward (CA Fwd) as a transpartisan effort to build supportive infrastructure--and a platform for sharing information and ideas--among those working on political reform at the state level. While CA Fwd has served as the initiator and early catalyst of the effort, the vision for 50 State Solution is that it becomes an ongoing effort with shared leadership from the political reform community. The goal of the effort is explicitly not to make sure every organization is doing the same work or working on the same issue. Instead, the goal is create a learning community where reformers can share stories of success and failure, find allies, create coalitions and build community.
Brian G. Dowling

Engagement Commons | Civic Commons - 2 views

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    We believe that governments can make better use of scarce technology dollars by working together to solve common problems. We're helping them share their solutions, knowledge, and best practices. Civic technology experts have recognized the benefits of sharing technology among governments and institutions. However, instances of successful collaboration and sharing are still few and far between, in part because there is no easy, structured way to share knowledge about this software, let alone the software itself. There is no one place to go to look for civic software that work need, and no roadmap to share what they have. Enter the Civic Commons. As infrastructure for the open government movement, Civic Commons is a community-edited resource to find out what's working, where. Ok, so what is it, really? Civic Commons is an information product, made up of the Marketplace, Engagement Commons, and the Wiki:
Brian G. Dowling

Cities Deepening Community | Tamarack Institute - 2 views

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    Community well-being is the result of a complex interplay of social, cultural, economic and environmental factors that is beyond the influence of any one individual, organization or level of government alone. The most creative and lasting solutions to enhance community well-being depend upon citizens, government, and a diversity of organizations that unite around a common vision-a vision to work in collaboration on initiatives that makes solutions a reality.
Brian G. Dowling

Alliance for Healthy Homes and Communities - 0 views

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    All Minnesotans should have the opportunity to make choices that allow them to live a long, healthy life, regardless of their income, education, or ethnic background. Everyone wants good health in order to be productive at work and to succeed in school, and to have affordable medical and housing costs. To make this opportunity a choice for all Minnesotans, we all have to do our part in creating and maintaining healthy homes and communities. Every person and every organization has a role to play, small or large.
Brian G. Dowling

California YIMBY | California is for everyone. - 2 views

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    California YIMBY is a grassroots movement that works to make our state affordable and accessible for everyone. We support state and local legislation to reverse policies that make our housing cost more and our communities less inclusive.
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