"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.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Center for Urban Research

Location: New York, NY

Website: www.urbanresearch.org

The Center for Urban Research (CUR) works with faculty and graduate students to organize basic research on the critical issues facing New York and other large cities in the U.S. and abroad, collaborates on applied research and information dissemination with public agencies, nonprofit organizations, foundations, the media, and other partners, and holds forums and workshops on urban research undertaken at the Graduate Center and the City University.

These activities are motivated by the desire to understand how broad forces like the global economy and immigration are reshaping work, politics, and neighborhood life in large metropolitan areas. To promote these ends, CUR:

- Organizes lectures, seminars, and conferences and encourages debate within CUNY and New York City on urban issues.
- Develops and seeks foundation, government, and corporate funding for research that uses New York City as a laboratory.

Main areas of research include:

- immigration and migration,

- housing and neighborhood change,

- labor market trends,

- economic development,

- demographic trends,

- crime, and

- political participation.

CUR provides a laboratory for statistical analysis and mapping of a variety of data sources and trains faculty and students to employ them.

CUNY Data Service and CUNY Mapping Service at CUR specialize in using the latest statistical and mapping tools and techniques.  The New York City Labor Market Information Service (NYCLMIS) New York City Labor Market Information Service (NYCLMIS), a joint endeavor of the New York City Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and the Center for Urban Research -- develops action-oriented research on workforce development issues and serves as a portal for cutting-edge and timely labor market data about New York City.

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