The Responsive City (Hardcover)
Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance
Jossey-Bass, 9781118910900, 208pp.
Publication Date: September 2, 2014
The Responsive City is a guide to civic engagement andgovernance in the digital age that will help leaders link importantbreakthroughs in technology and data analytics with age-old lessonsof small-group community input to create more agile, competitive, and economically resilient cities. Featuring vivid case studieshighlighting the work of pioneers in New York, Boston, Chicago andmore, the book provides a compelling model for the future ofgovernance. The book will help mayors, chief technology officers, city administrators, agency directors, civic groups and nonprofitleaders break out of current paradigms to collectively addresscivic problems. The Responsive City is the culmination ofresearch originating from the Data-Smart City Solutions initiative, an ongoing project at Harvard Kennedy School working to catalyzeadoption of data projects on the city level. The book isco-authored by Professor Stephen Goldsmith, director of Data-SmartCity Solutions at Harvard Kennedy School, and Professor SusanCrawford, co-director of Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet andSociety. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg penned thebook'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 problemswhile improving quality of life;
- Creating efficiencies and saving taxpayer money with digitaltools; and
- Spearheading these new approaches to government with innovativeleadership.