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Unsolicited Proposals for Innovative Technology

Government agencies and offices are creating structured programs to accept unsolicited proposals as an alternative to issuing detailed Requests for Proposals (RfPs). This allows an agency to efficiently procure for new products and unique services. Unsolicited bids are similar to sole source contracts, though are often more flexible.

Start-Up Collaborations with Cities

Start-up partnerships and collaborations provide cities the ability to trial new services/products with young companies while giving entrepreneurs their first customers in a real world setting.

Scenario Planning

Scenario Planning is a process to identify alternative futures based on trends and drivers of change. Used when there are unknown variables, participants can detect plausible futures and from there, select desired futures, goals and activities to get there.

Shared-Use Mobility Toolkit

SUMC’s Shared Mobility Toolkit is designed to help cities and public sector leaders better realize the benefits of shared mobility.

Neighborhood Innovation Programs

A neighborhood innovation lab gathers residents, educators, tech companies, government officials and other stakeholders to solve local problems through data analysis, apps, sensors that monitor neighborhood resources and Internet of Things (Iot) devices.

Drivers of Change cards

The Future Deck cards spark conversations about the emerging challenges and opportunities, in this case in Singapore

Call for Innovation

Call for Innovations (or Ideas) is a new procurement tool in which cities/towns issue first a problem statement rather than specifications.

Smart Neighborhood Pilot Programs

Smart neighborhood pilots test how to arrange smart city technology in order to analyze and address specific goals & problems in a neighborhood.

Multi-Functional Infrastructure Guide: Future Value Now

Future Value Now is a guide assessing the value of common ciyy design methods across 12 benefit areas. The purpose is to highlight practices that deliver multiple benefits to deliver enhanced value to property owners and tax payers.

Public Engagement & Noticing Manual - St Luis Obispo

St. Luis Obispo California created a manual/ templates to improve outreach for informing, consulting and collaborating with the community. The guide provides local information & checklists on legal requirements, stakeholders, venues, and the press.

Playgrounds for Useful Knowledge

Playgrounds for Useful Knowledge held playful community programming on a vacant lot to tackle thorny issues such as gentrification, environmental restoration and housing through participatory design.

Shipping Containers as Buildings

As interest in repurposing shipping (or cargo) containers for buildings, housing and other uses grows, cities are developing new regulations for reuse and siting.

Community Design Centers

Community Design Centers host physical space for interdisciplinary collaboration for city & community design. These centers convene citizens, academics, professionals and civic leaders to shape design options and decisions.

Adopt-a-Vacant-Lot Toolkits

Cities can enlist citizens, companies and non-profit groups to adopt, manage or put vacant lots to community uses such as gardens, stormwater management and playgrounds.