Gov 2.0 News

June 19, 2013

How many times have you hunted in vain for a place to charge your phone for a few minutes while running between errands? Hunt no more. An experimental, and elegant, solar-powered cell phone charging station is set to hit the streets of New York.

June 17, 2013

The Bloomberg administration plans to announce shortly that it is hiring a composting plant to handle 100,000 tons of food scraps a year, or about 10 percent of the citys residential food waste.    

June 16, 2013

Public libraries across the U.S. are getting into the online book-selling business, providing convenience for patrons but raising concerns that the sales threaten to commercialize the institutions.

Safe sleep practices have been at the center of a policy debate.

June 13, 2013

The City of San Francisco announced this week that the numerous sharing economy companies headquartered in the the Bay Area will work with public officials to utilize their technologies in enhancing the city's disaster preparedness and response.

June 11, 2013

East Williamsburg flooding Martha Harbison
The New York City mayor's new $20 billion storm preparation plan is based on some scary data about how the city will look by the 2050s.
Earlier today, New York City's Mayor Bloomberg rolled out a wide-reaching, $20 billion plan to fortify the city against the future effects of climate change, which—according to the latest data from the New York City Panel on Climate Change he convened in 2008—could be even worse than we thought.
"We have to look ahead - and anticipate any and all future threats, not only from hurricanes - but also from ...

Harvard's SIB Lab has announced the winners of a competition to receive technical assistance with developing social impact bond programs; an idea that has 'traveled from concept to execution faster than any other social innovation in recent history.'

June 9, 2013

String of disasters prompts cities to rethink how they respond to crises.

When troves of information are opened to programmers, problems get solved.

On Spain's Atlantic coast, the city of Santander has installed 12,000 sensors that measure everything from when streetlights need to be dimmed to when trash dumpsters are full saving millions for cash-strapped public coffers. It's becoming a model for cities worldwide.

June 8, 2013

Four factors facilitated the ability of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, National Gallery of Art, Presidio Trust, and Smithsonian Institution to leverage nonfederal resources: (1) unique legal authorities and management flexibilities; (2) benefits received from these congressionally chartered organizations' (CCO) federal status; (3) governing boards that provided management and oversight; and (4) informal networks that enabled CCOs to share lessons. A critical flexibility is the ability to accept gifts and solicit private donations, but the CCOs in this study are not required to, and did ...

June 3, 2013

Navy corpsman Jason Martines earned his chops on the Afghan battlefield, patching together wounded Marines in the war-ravaged Helmand Province.

Army medic Mathew Vance witnessed the birth of homemade bomb attacks as a convoy medic during his first tour in Iraq. On his second deployment, he worked on a trauma helicopter, perfecting his life-saving medical skills.

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Jeff Weisensel doesnt have a job, not for the past 14 months anyway, since Kraft Foods restructured him out the door after 22 years. But he does have a library the $28 million Glenview Public Library, opened in 2011 whose inviting lobby is part art gallery, part cafeteria patrons are welcome to eat and drink there and part social center. No shushing librarian with an index finger to her pursed lips and her glasses on a chain here; instead, a sign on the wall encourages ...

The Air Force Special Victims Counsel is a new effort to provide support to sexual assault victims. These military attorneys will represent the victim only, and the hope is that this kind of support will make it easier for victims to report assaults without feeling like they're being victimized again.

June 2, 2013

The Great Recession and the corresponding collapse of the housing market have had far-reaching effects on communities across the country. With nonprofits and local governments both trying to do more with less, Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) commissioned a study to crystallize the tools its affiliates need to nurture successful collaborations. Synthesizing information gleaned from a literature review, an extensive web survey of Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI) affiliates, and case studies of three communities, this report suggests concrete strategies to plan, build, and ...

Urban Resource Institute has created 10 pet-friendly apartments in a Brooklyn shelter for domestic abusive victims. The 6-month pilot program, dubbed People and Animals Living Safely, or PALS, begins Saturday.

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