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Civic Engagement

Office of [Civic] Innovation Incubator

The Problem: Currently, anyone looking to interface with the city on any form of community/civic/urbanist project becomes mired in cumbersome bureaucracy, accentuated by a crippling lack of coordination and communication among departments, officials, and administrators.

A Solution: Creation of an "Office of [Civic] Innovation". Starting with a series of convenings with key community members and civic leaders, strategize... more »
Who are you?

I am the Founding Partner and Strategies + Solution Lead for Urban Impact Lab. Our mission is to design urban experiences that cultivate civic innovation. Over the last two years I have been actively engaged in a number of city-related issues.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Improves the community's perception of the city structure and increases the likelihood that residents will take on a more active role in shaping their city.

This access to the city and related activism would likely increase overall civic engagement, in the areas of volunteering, advocacy and voting.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

Civic engagement data points are the primary target. An increase in volunteer activity (all age levels) is also expected, which may positively affect voter turnout.

 

This also speaks to the future of data points such as investment in public space/park space, libraries and parkland.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Civically engaged or community-minded individuals and organizations are not discouraged at the city/county level from pursuing ideas that are in the public realm (demonstration projects, etc).

The city/county has a dedicated resource that facilitates its leadership in civic innovation ideas and projects.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Urban Impact Lab

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Civic Engagement

Liberty City Digital Commons (LCDC)

The Liberty City Digital Commons (LCDC) proposes the creation of a Wi-Fi network in Liberty Square, the largest public housing development in Miami’s Liberty City, a historically African American, culturally significant community where fewer than thirty percent of households have Internet access. The initiative will be launched using open technologies for wireless communications, such as mesh networking, to allow for... more »
Who are you?

We represent a coalition that includes the Education Effect at Miami Northwestern High School, the School of Journalism at Florida International University, the Liberty Square Trust, and the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Providing open access to the Internet offers essential opportunities for civic engagement, whether seeking out volunteer opportunities, launching voter outreach campaigns, or running/joining community organizing initiatives. LCDC users will be able to use the network as a portal to both seek and post job and educational opportunities, and through these efforts, contribute to a community that is focused on strengthening social capital.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

Because political engagement now relies heavily on digital media, increasing Internet penetration can boost voter outreach campaigns and ensure greater engagement around pressing issues when voters go to the polls. LCDC will create volunteer opportunities as residents build and maintain the Wi-Fi network, and learn of other volunteer opportunities posted to the network such as community gardening, working with charitable and after school programs, and joining neighborhood revitalization efforts.

Please give examples of your project's success.

LCDC is modeled after other successful open Wi-Fi projects launched by a project partner, the Open Technology Institute, in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and in neighborhoods throughout Detroit. Additionally, one of the benefits of launching a community-based Internet project like LCDC is that there will be useful metrics used to measure whether or not the project is meeting its goals—among them general usage data, popular access points, time users spend on the network, and the peak times for use.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Florida International University

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Engaging & Connecting our Diverse Communities via Group Dialogue

‘Celebrate Diversity Miami’ (CDM) is a new initiative inspired in part by the work of a well-established, local nonprofit called MCCJ, which creates safe spaces for dialogue between people of all cultures, religions and races; and by the renowned exhibit ‘Coexistence,’ which travelled the world throughout the 2000s to contribute to dialogue in communities about our differences, while encouraging people to think about... more »
Who are you?

Naomi is a connector dedicated to creatively developing initiatives that spark conversation on diversity, encourage collaboration, and inspire action for positive social change. She is currently pursuing a Master's in Community & Social Change at UM.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

As described by U of Michigan professors, intergroup dialogue “… represents a grassroots effort to meet one of the major challenges facing our democracy today: the lack of communication among diverse groups of people in schools … communities, and … workplace. By forging lines of communication among different elements of society, [it] helps to create a more just, harmonious, and strong democracy.” This approach can impact Civic Participation by developing a more empathic & collaborative culture.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

To effectively address the “unmet needs of … residents,” CDM will focus on bringing people of all cultural & economic backgrounds together. CDM believes that part of feeling “connected … to the place they live” includes cultivating stronger connections between residents themselves. Since there are so many “transplants from out of the state or country” it’s very important to familiarize them with what makes our community unique; and what better way to do so than by dialoguing with local citizens?

Please give examples of your project's success.

CDM held an interactive kick-off event in Oct. ‘14, bringing together 150+ people of all ages & cultural backgrounds on a bicycle ride to learn about several positive social change efforts taking place in Overtown, Liberty City, & Little Haiti. We've also been developing partnerships with local schools & community-based organizations in order to connect with the largest network of residents possible for the initial photo-voice exhibit, & upcoming intergroup dialogue component of our initiative.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Celebrate Diversity Miami

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