Smarter Cities: Crowdsourcing Ideas for Urban Innovation
Maria Popova is a reader and a writer, and writes about what she reads on Brain Pickings (brainpickings.org), which is included in the Library of Congress archive of culturally valuable materials. She has also written for The New York Times, Wired UK, and The Atlantic, among others, and is an MIT Fellow. She is on Twitter @brainpicker.
What makes your city the next big smart city? That's exactly what Next American City, a nonprofit quarterly magazine advocating for urban sustainability, is asking in a new partnership with IBM's Smarter Planet initiative.
Smarter Cities is a month-long project inviting people to share ideas for the smarter cities they want to live in, then help build them. Between August 9 and September 15, Smarter Cities is crowdsourcing examples of and ideas for citizen- and community-driven urban innovation ranging from open data to alternative transportation to urban farming and everything in between.
So far, submissions include everything from a mobile app for finding and reporting civic issues to a documentary about the formation of America's first great city parks in the late 19th century to a roundup of history's top 20 urban planning successes. As the project progresses, it would be interesting to see whether it transcends the realm of mere information-sharing and yields any actionable implementation of these ideas and innovations across more cities.
Maria Popova is the editor of Brain Pickings, a curated inventory of miscellaneous interestingness. She writes for Wired UK, GOOD Magazine and Huffington Post, and spends a shameful amount of time on Twitter.
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