"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has"

Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
(used with permission)

"If you don't like the news .... go out and make some of your own !!"

Wes "Scoop" Nisker, Newscaster


Government is a slow and tedious process. While it often includes citizen and neighborhood involvement, non-governmental, private organizations have created movements and interesting groups which can create positive change in our cities and towns.

I am fascinated by the way groups are created and how they influence public decision making. This blog merely recognizes them and forwards the description of these groups from their own websites.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Centre for Liveable Cities

Location: Singapore, China

Website: www.clc.gov.sg

Vision: A leading knowledge centre for liveable and sustainable cities

The Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC) was set up in 2008 based on a strategic blueprint developed by Singapore’s Inter-Ministerial Committee on Sustainable Development. The Centre’s mission is to distil, create and share knowledge on liveable and sustainable cities.

CLC distils key learning points from Singapore’s experiences over the last half-century, while creating knowledge to address emerging challenges. It also shares knowledge with, and learns from, other cities and experts.

CLC receives guidance from its Advisory Board, comprising senior figures from academia, industry and the public sector. A high-level panel of Distinguished Advisors - comprising prominent former politicians and senior civil servants - contributes to the intellectual development of the Centre.

CLC works closely with its Stakeholder Agencies - representing Singapore’s urban planning, governance and development expertise - to integrate their knowledge. CLC Experts are domain experts with technical knowledge and expertise that CLC will tap for future consultancy projects.

The Centre operates as part of the Ministry of National Development, and comprises a dynamic CLC Team of officers from diverse disciplines and backgrounds. Guided by the CLC Framework for Liveable and Sustainable Cities, the Centre works across three main areas - Research, Training, and Promotions.

Research is central to the Centre’s work, and is conducted in close collaboration with local and international partners. CLC’s research activities include its Integrated Urban Solutions Research, and Research Workshops, as well as Urban Systems Studies.

The Centre develops print and digital publications for global audiences, to share its research as well as the knowledge of its partners, through such titles as the Singapore Urban Systems Studies booklet series, the biannual Urban Solutions magazine, as well as the monthly CLC e-Newsletter.

Training is a key arm of the Centre’s activities, as it aims to draw on its research to become a leading academy for cities. CLC’s flagship training initiative is its Leaders in Urban Governance Programme for local public servants, as well as the Temasek Foundation Leaders in Urban Governance Programme, which is aimed at international city leaders.

Promotion refers to the Centre’s efforts to collaborate with partners to share knowledge, particularly through Events. CLC is a co-organiser of the World Cities Summit - the global platform for government leaders and industry experts to address liveable and sustainable city challenges, share innovative urban projects and forge partnerships.

CLC also co-organises the World Cities Summit Mayors Forum, and the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize. The regular CLC Lecture Series is another platform for thought leaders and experts to exchange ideas and share knowledge. Supporting these efforts, CLC forges strategic Partnerships with local and international experts and organisations.

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