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RADAR: City Data for Human Consumption

Peter Toth

Last week, a partnership of organizations released Data USA, a highly accessible treasure trove of information about cities and places across the country. Not only is it a fun (and potentially distracting) tool for geeks like me, but it also has the potential to increase our understanding of the factors that shape our social environments.

RADAR: Sharing A Vision

Lyndon Valicenti

What are the prerequisites for effective collaboration? Because cross-sectoral collaboration is vital in the face of increasingly complex urban challenges, this question is always on our mind. While we have our own growing list of ideas, we are delighted to see others addressing it. A new report published by the National Resource Network explores necessary steps for catalyzing collaboration between local governments, place-based institutions, and philanthropy in improving the urban condition.

RADAR: Democratizing the Grid

Peter Toth

Institute for Local Self-Reliance, December 2014

Institute for Local Self-Reliance, December 2014

As changes to the electric grid alter the relationship between utilities and consumers, a new report outlines the possibility of a more radical shift towards energy democracy. While transitioning to renewable generation is valuable in and of itself, I think it is imperative to leverage this opportunity into positive economic and social impacts as well. 

RADAR: How People Fix Places

Peter Toth

UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction

UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction

Chicago alderman Ameya Pawar is among the authors of a new book that illustrates the importance of social intelligence in effective responses to disasters, including climate-related ones. In my work on sustainability-related projects, I've seen firsthand that relationships between individuals and institutions, while often difficult to strengthen and foster, are the most essential aspects of truly vibrant cities and regions.

RADAR: Seeing Both Forest and Trees

Peter Toth

Although many people and organizations tend to favor either short- or long-term decision-making, an upcoming report argues that both approaches are essential for dealing with new and volatile challenges. Examples like this remind me of the importance of mental flexibility, and that a single perspective alone is not enough to effectively solve complex problems.

RADAR: Climate Change on Center Stage

Peter Toth

The Guardian, October 15, 2012

The Guardian, October 15, 2012

According to the IPCC's latest report, climate change is even worse than we thought. On the heels of a massive climate march and unprecedented campaign spending by environmental groups, will the needle finally begin to move? If polling data is any indication, I'm not sure that the imperative for action has entered the mainstream. In the face of a challenge this daunting, we need to come together, not just as a movement, but as a species.