Every place and space worldwide has a duty of care when it comes to supporting their community’s health and wellbeing. This goes for local government, cities, emergency services, healthcare providers, universities, and workplaces – the list is endless.
Waste management provides an economic challenge for every town and city in the US. And around the world, for that matter. At the end of the last decade, 82.4% of the US population lived in urban areas. That figure is expected to rise to an estimated 90% by 2050. This means that unless the government can tackle waste management now, the challenges will continue to place growing pressure on communities and the places they live.
The way that people communicate and engage with the public sector has never been more collaborative. Digital community engagement is key to widening participation and is allowing communities to be at the forefront of public decision-making. Communities around the world are ready to collaborate with their councils. It’s time for more public sector organisations to join their counterparts who have already adopted these new technologies.
Since the start of the pandemic, footfall in some towns and city centres have decreased by up to 70%, and our local businesses are paying the price. The Welcome Back Fund has been introduced to provide councils across England with a share of £56 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to encourage footfall back to the high street and show support to shops and hospitality businesses, who need the support of consumers now more than ever.
The importance of Smart Governance has been recognised as a fundamental necessity of smart cities as it creates a strong link between a government and its citizens. In the case of Hello Lamp Post we focus on how public services are delivered and better inform how governing bodies make their decisions based on the data derived from our playful and innovative solutions.
Thanks to digital technology, the world is rapidly evolving and the way in which citizens and local governments can communicate and engage has never been more innovative.
Civic technology, or civic tech, enhances the relationship between the people and government and is the term given to any form of innovative technology used in the public sphere to impact society positively.
Any excitement over developments in technology is usually reserved for labour-saving gadgets, automatism, and future utopias. Often overlooked is civic technology, which has the potential to have an overwhelmingly positive impact on our lives through expanding democracy and increasing citizen engagement.