Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

A City Is Not a Computer

Shannon Mattern – We should reject data-driven models that delegate critical, often ethical decisions to the machine. Urban intelligence is more than information processing. Urban intelligence involves experience, observation, sensory … Continue reading

Sunday, 19 February 2017 · Leave a comment

Value in the Commons Economy: Developments in Open and Contributory Value Accounting

Society is shifting from a production modus based on value created in a market system (through labor and capital) to one which recognizes broader value streams. These streams are experienced … Continue reading

Thursday, 16 February 2017 · Leave a comment

Trends in Smart City Development

“Trends in Smart City Development” is a new report from the National League of Cities featuring case studies about how five cities – Philadelphia, San Francisco, Chicago, Charlotte, N.C., and … Continue reading

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 · Leave a comment

When is governance data “good enough”?

A growing number of governance data producers are investing significant time and resources to evaluate public sector performance in low- and middle-income countries. Yet, surprisingly little is known about how … Continue reading

Saturday, 24 December 2016 · Leave a comment

The Urban Geographical Imagination in the Age of Big Data

This paper explores the variety of ways that emerging sources of (big) data are being used to reconceptualize the city, and how these understandings of what the urban is shapes … Continue reading

Friday, 23 December 2016 · Leave a comment

Community Engagement Strategies for Open Data Collaborations

From exploring neighborhood maps to generating analysis and building applications, citizens, businesses, nonprofits and technologists can all benefit from open data. However, much of the recent focus on open data … Continue reading

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 · Leave a comment

Innovation and the City

As urban growth has exploded over the past half century, cities have become the drivers of government innovation. From New York to Medellin to Copenhagen, mayors and city managers are … Continue reading

Sunday, 20 November 2016 · Leave a comment

The Rise of the Platform Economy

Platforms and the cloud, an essential part of what has been called the “third globalization,” reconfigure globalization itself. These digital platforms are diverse in function and structure. Together they are … Continue reading

Monday, 7 November 2016 · Leave a comment

Ten Frontier Technologies for International Development

As new technologies and digital business models reshape economies and disrupt incumbencies, interest has surged in the potential of novel frontier technologies to also contribute to positive changes in international … Continue reading

Tuesday, 1 November 2016 · Leave a comment
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