"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.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Living Lab Global Awards

Location: International

Website: www.llga.org

LLGA was created in 2009 as an annual program that in past editions has brought together 42 global cities and 1,519 providers leading to more than 30 pilots, reaching 285 million citizens world wide through better investment decisions.

In the past three years, 38 global cities have awarded the technologies, services and products that best meet their strategic challenges through the Living Labs Global Award (LLGA2013). In this process, 1,117 solutions were evaluated by 248 jurors supporting the partner cities in shortlisting and selecting the winners. Our selection process involves dialogues with 350 global cities to identify the most committed cities to partner with LLGA2013.

Only solutions that already exist (including prototypes, pilots, pre-commercial solutions—i.e. those that are ready for pilot deployment within 6 months) are accepted.

Who can participate? Companies (large and small), entrepreneurs, innovators, groups, consortia, research centres, non-profit organizations.

Applications can only be submitted by completing a Showcase on Citymart.com. Submission deadline is 6 February 2013.

Submitted Citymart.com Showcases will be made public immediately unless you choose to wait and not go public until the submissions deadline on 6 February 2013 (23:59 UTC). Your Showcase should not include any confidential information.

If you are nominated to participate in Round 2 and you accept, you will be asked to submit a Questionnaire and Video for further evaluation of your solution. The Questionnaire will remain confidential permanently and the Video will be kept confidential among the Jury members until the winning solutions are announced at the Cities Dialogue Ceremony in San Francisco. During Round 2, members of the Jury team may contact you via a Citymart.com Conversation if they have any further questions.

Nominated solutions commit to implementing a pilot of limited scale and duration. Cities commit to provide full institutional support but are not bound to commit funding for pilots. You should not assume any financial support by the partner city for carrying out the pilot.
If you accept your nomination by a partner city, you are expected to attend the LLGA | Cities Summit on Service Innovation in Cities in May 2013.

There is no charge for solution providers to submit to LLGA2013 or to attend the LLGA | Cities Summit on Service Innovation in Cities; however, travel expenses must be covered by solution providers.

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