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What have we missed? Inspire us with insights, examples and stories which go beyond our other missions. Perhaps there are surprising lessons we can draw from further afield? 

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Tim Brown of IDEO had a short interview with NPR, reviewing what he saw as an opportunity to improve the 'skills gap' in the US. By having people learn through tacit/explicit learning, we can build a more capable workforce, and enable new careers.

Tim Brown of IDEO had a short interview with NPR, reviewing what he saw as an opportunity to improve the 'skills gap' in the US. By having people learn through tacit/explicit learning, we can build a more capable workforce, and enable new careers.

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Build up the sense of belonging and ownership, the networking and community building, and increase local responsibility.

Build up the sense of belonging and ownership, the networking and community building, and increase local responsibility.

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Knowing someone is listening means a lot.  What if every month any resident could sign up for lunch with the Mayor, the head of transportation, or the Education Commissioner? They often do not get free flowing information--and could use it.

Knowing someone is listening means a lot. What if every month any resident could sign up for lunch with the Mayor, the head of transportation, or the Education Commissioner? They often do not get free flowing information--and could use it.

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Mobile food trucks provide community, good food, and jobs via a small business.  More importantly, being mobile, they can be used to suss out areas that might be ripe for redevelopment.

Mobile food trucks provide community, good food, and jobs via a small business. More importantly, being mobile, they can be used to suss out areas that might be ripe for redevelopment.

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In operant conditioning, the strongest patterns happen when you reward consistently and then only some of the time. This often reinforces the worst of our urban problems, but what if we used it to reinforce the kinds of cities we wanted to build?

In operant conditioning, the strongest patterns happen when you reward consistently and then only some of the time. This often reinforces the worst of our urban problems, but what if we used it to reinforce the kinds of cities we wanted to build?

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http://www.habitables.co.uk/architecture/the-architecture-of-the-homeless

We live in a world of ordered control. We live in a certain way, drive a certain way, eat a certain way. In the world of modern architecture, this reality of control is imposs

http://www.habitables.co.uk/architecture/the-architecture-of-the-homeless We live in a world of ordered control. We live in a certain way, drive a certain way, eat a certain way. In the world of modern architecture, this reality of control is imposs

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Save the environment, make honey. I first read about urban rooftop beekeeping in an Indie "mook" (cross between a magazine and a book) called Dumbo Feather. Now the trend seems to be growing - and for good reason.

Save the environment, make honey. I first read about urban rooftop beekeeping in an Indie "mook" (cross between a magazine and a book) called Dumbo Feather. Now the trend seems to be growing - and for good reason.

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During my trip to Mumbai in 2009 for our graduate class research project, a few friends and I decided to take upon a bigger challenge than what we were doing. We wanted children to help fix issues in their community by sharing their ideas and stories

During my trip to Mumbai in 2009 for our graduate class research project, a few friends and I decided to take upon a bigger challenge than what we were doing. We wanted children to help fix issues in their community by sharing their ideas and stories

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There is a growing interest in using GIS technology to visualize successful transformation of our cities. What can expanding the formal indicators we use to measure the health/vibrancy of our cities can teach us?

There is a growing interest in using GIS technology to visualize successful transformation of our cities. What can expanding the formal indicators we use to measure the health/vibrancy of our cities can teach us?

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Detroit Collaborative Design Center: design activism through direct action and community participation.

Detroit Collaborative Design Center: design activism through direct action and community participation.

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"Shrinking cities are a cultural challenge to us. In the Shrinking Cities project, architects, academics and artists investigate recent developments in Detroit, Ivanovo, Manchester / Liverpool and Halle / Leipzig - and make suggestions."

"Shrinking cities are a cultural challenge to us. In the Shrinking Cities project, architects, academics and artists investigate recent developments in Detroit, Ivanovo, Manchester / Liverpool and Halle / Leipzig - and make suggestions."

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A large population of struggling cities (and potential contributers to the "devitilization" of a community) are in prison.  They are an underheard population in the discussions of city vibrancy.

A large population of struggling cities (and potential contributers to the "devitilization" of a community) are in prison. They are an underheard population in the discussions of city vibrancy.

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In Zagreb there is a prominent wall that the city designates for street art. The wall is partitioned off into workable sections and the artists come to display their creations for a set period of time before a new cycle of art is painted on the wall.

In Zagreb there is a prominent wall that the city designates for street art. The wall is partitioned off into workable sections and the artists come to display their creations for a set period of time before a new cycle of art is painted on the wall.

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