Communicative Cities Award

Communicative Cities Award

Call for Nominations

The purpose of the Communicative Cities Award is to recognize places whose policies facilitate interaction among its citizens through public policies and private initiatives that enhance the quality of life on various dimensions. In an ideal “communicative city,” the infrastructure maximizes interaction and engagement and the climate for communication is characterized by civility, diversity and freedom, with a minimum of official constraints and unwarranted surveillance.
Nominations or self-nominations should include a “Statement of Interest” which includes:

  • Required statement of interest on behalf of the municipality.
  • Statement should include the desire to have a policy or initiative considered. The policy should be one currently in place and should be associated with the communicative cities criteria.
  • Statement should include an agreement to provide a point person willing to provide information requested by the jury as the evaluation is made and facilitate a site visit by jury members if requested.
  • Agreement to participate if awarded the honor.

The Multi-disciplinary jury will evaluate the city’s initiative with regard to criteria of communicative cities.
Following are five areas in which candidates should provide evidence making their case as noteworthy “Communicative Cities,” followed by matching sections.

1) Places of Interaction: sites and opportunities for social interaction, places to watch others, to be alone, which are walkable, places to communicate culture and heritage, spaces to play, places with numerous nodes of activity, accessible public spaces, places that welcome outsiders and visitors.

2) Urban communication infrastructure: physical and non-physical in character with economic, public policy and legal dimensions serving as critical parts. The infrastructure includes access to local media, access to communication technologies across the city, affordable network connection availability, policies protecting press freedom and free speech, multiple public spaces that are pedestrian friendly, sites for public art and culture, and opportunities for public interaction through organizations, events and festivals.

3) Civics Engagement and Civil Society:  relationship of citizens to government and power, including participation in planning and policymaking, opportunities for collaboration and public participation that includes involvement of diverse segments and (ethnic, racial, socio-economic, age, etc.) perspectives, support for both public celebrations and protests.  Also included are commemorations of city history, transparency in government, and online access to public services.

4) Demonstration of creative use of resources to enhance communication opportunities.

5) Evidence of specific achievements, initiatives and projects that demonstrate recognition of the significance of human interaction, public communication and information, mass media and communication technologies.

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