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The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance

ISBN: 978-1-118-91093-1
208 pages
August 2014, Jossey-Bass
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Leveraging Big Data and 21st century technology to renew cities and citizenship in America

The Responsive City is a guide to civic engagement and governance in the digital age that will help leaders link important breakthroughs in technology and data analytics with age-old lessons of small-group community input to create more agile, competitive, and economically resilient cities. Featuring vivid case studies highlighting the work of pioneers in New York, Boston, Chicago and more, the book provides a compelling model for the future of governance. The book will help mayors, chief technology officers, city administrators, agency directors, civic groups and nonprofit leaders break out of current paradigms to collectively address civic problems. The Responsive City is the culmination of research originating from the Data-Smart City Solutions initiative, an ongoing project at Harvard Kennedy School working to catalyze adoption of data projects on the city level. The book is co-authored by Professor Stephen Goldsmith, director of Data-Smart City Solutions at Harvard Kennedy School, and Professor Susan Crawford, co-director of Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg penned the book’s foreword.

Based on the authors’ experiences and extensive research, The Responsive City explores topics including:

  • Building trust in the public sector and fostering a sustained, collective voice among communities;
  • Using data-smart governance to preempt and predict problems while improving quality of life;
  • Creating efficiencies and saving taxpayer money with digital tools; and
  • Spearheading these new approaches to government with innovative leadership.
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Table of Contents

Foreword by Michael Bloomberg v

Introduction 1

1 The Return of Retail Governance 17

2 Networked Citizenship 37

3 The Interactive City 55

4 The City as Digital Platform 73

5 The Responsive Employee 95

6 The Data-Smart City 119

7 Rethinking Government 139

8 Toward Responsive Cities 157

Notes 179

Acknowledgments 183

About the Authors 185

Index 187

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Author Information

Stephen Goldsmith is the Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and director of the Innovations in Government Program at Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is a nationally recognized expert on government management, reform, and innovation. Goldsmith currently directs Data-Smart City Solutions, a project working to catalyze the use of data at the local government level by serving as a central resource for cities interested in this emerging field.

Susan Crawford is the John A. Reilly Visiting Professor in Intellectual Property at Harvard Law School and co-director of Harvard's Berkman Center. She is the author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age and a contributor to Bloomberg View. She served as Special Assistant to the President for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy and co-led the FCC transition team between the Bush and Obama administrations.

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