Community Manager at SeeClickFix.com, a web and mobile web platform based here in New Haven. SeeClickFix allows citizens anywhere in the world to report and monitor non-emergency community issues ranging from potholes and planted trees to garbage and graffiti. Launched in 2008, it empowers citizens, community groups, media organizations, and governments to work together and improve their neighborhoods.
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Transcribed highlights from John and Peter's conversation with Kettering Foundation president and CEO David Mathews on the role of citizens in making democracy work as it should. For more than three decades, David has led the Foundation’s work with communities and institutions from the citizen's perspective: "We trade what we have learned for what they are learning, and both benefit.”
Register now for this summer’s International Open Streets Summit and find out how one of the world’s most unequal cities is re-inventing its streets. Can public space be recreated in a neighborhood with a 45% unemployment rate? Can people find connection in a city that was deliberately built to keep people apart? Kirsten Wilkins travels to Portland, Oregon from [...]
The Open Streets Project is now accepting proposals for case studies, workshops, panel discussions, and hands-on sessions for the 2016 International Open Streets Summit. This year’s summit, in Portland, Oregon, will offer three days of Open Street learning opportunities, culminating in a fun-filled Sunday Parkways event. Click here to download a PDF version of the Call [...]
If you want to learn the latest on Open Streets, join us at the 2016 International Open Streets Summit, August 18th-21st in Portland, OR. The Summit will feature sessions and networking opportunities for both novice and experienced Open Streets organizers, active transportation advocates, policymakers, health and wellness professionals and foundations, led by experts from The [...]
Last week, when Citi Foundation named LISC NYC one of its inaugural “Community Progress Makers,” which comes with a $500,000 grant, we were thrilled, but not completely surprised. That’s because Citi has long been at the funding vanguard for programs that help low-income people access the marketplace, as with our Financial Opportunity Centers. LISC NYC will use the grant to deepen its work with nonprofits cultivating economic progress for impoverished New Yorkers.
Poverty is a public health crisis in rural America, where life expectancy is edging downward in low-income communities. Investing to energize rural places can upend this trend, writes Suzanne Anarde, who heads LISC’s rural program, in an op-ed for Huffington Post. But the time to act is now, before the preventable decline of our rural communities claims more lives.
This week, rural community leaders from across the country are convening in Washington for several days of debate and discussion on how best to raise standards of living in small towns across the country. Rural LISC is leading the effort, which will focus on everything from jobs and businesses to health, housing and the arts.