"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, April 10, 2015

City Accelerator

Location: Nationwide

Website: www.governing.com/cityaccelerator

As local government resources contract and challenges ranging from economic inequality to infrastructure compound, cities must design new and more effective responses. Cities are increasingly looking for ways to implement promising innovations that will have a significant impact in the lives of their residents, especially those with low income.

The City Accelerator, an initiative of Living Cities and the Citi Foundation, aims to help accelerate the adoption of such innovations within and across cities. The City Accelerator will work with three cohorts of three cities each over an 18-month period to advance innovative efforts that improve the lives of low-income people and help cities run more effectively.

Cities participating in each cohort will outline the progress that they intend to make in advancing innovative practice over the duration of the cohort, and then will use a number of program elements to accelerate progress on their work, including: an innovation guidebook that highlights how leading practices can be concretely adapted; periodic convenings to learn from other cities and leading practitioners; and coaching, technical assistance, and implementation resources to advance strategy and overcome barriers.

Participation in the City Accelerator will be drawn from cities that participate in the Project on Municipal Innovation(PMI), a network of 35 of the nation’s largest and most innovative cities. The first cohort will launch in September, with the second and third cohorts launching at six-month intervals.

About Living Cities:
Living Cities harnesses the collective power of 22 of the world’s largest foundations and financial institutions to develop and scale new approaches for creating opportunities for low-income people and improving the cities where they live. Its investments, research, networks, and convenings catalyze fresh thinking and combine support for innovative, local approaches with real-time sharing of learning to accelerate adoption in more places.

About the Citi Foundation:
The Citi Foundation works to promote economic progress in communities around the world and focuses on initiatives that expand financial inclusion. We collaborate with best-in-class partners to create measurable economic improvements that strengthen low-income families and communities. Through a "More than Philanthropy" approach, Citi's business resources and human capital enhance our philanthropic investments and impact.

Friday, April 3, 2015


Location: International

Website: www.thecityfix.com

TheCityFix is an online resource for learning about the latest in sustainable urban mobility and planning. Launched in 2007, the site connects a global network of writers, urban planners, designers, engineers, and citizens who work to make cities better places to live. The blog is produced by EMBARQ, a not-for-profit program of the World Resources Institute that works to catalyze and help implement environmentally, socially, and financially sustainable transport and urban planning solutions.

Since 2002, the EMBARQ network has grown to include six centers – based in Brazil, China, India, Mexico, and Turkey – that work together with local authorities, businesses and national governments to reduce pollution, improve public health, and create safe and accessible urban environments.

TheCityFix relies on this international community and other volunteer contributors to provide a global, multi-disciplinary perspective to its coverage of issues relating to urban sustainability.and policies that help advance sustainable urban mobility and planning, with a strong focus on scalable and replicable solutions for cities in the developing world. Launched in 2007, the site produced by EMBARQ connects a global network of writers, urban planners, designers, engineers, and citizens who work to make cities better places to live.

TheCityFix covers key happenings in sustainable transport and urban planning, with a focus on the following topics:

Integrated Transport – advanced bus systems, rail, metro, bicycling, walking, fuels and technology.

Urban Development + Accessibility – land use, urban design, infrastructure, public space

Climate Change– local pollution, air quality, global CO2 emissions, climate adaptation

Health + Road Safety – public health, quality of life,  active transport, non-communicable diseases

Communications – branding, mapping, visualization, user engagement, photography, video, trends.