Hyperlocal Neighbourhood Networks: Building Social Capital and Empowering Local Urban Communities

By |2018-08-02T12:44:23+02:00February 28th 2018|inclusion, participation, , , , , |

It has never been easier to stay in touch with family, friends and colleagues, wherever they live. Yet most of us still lack a digital infrastructure for connecting with the people living next door. Despite their success in some developed countries, hyperlocal social networks are not a fixture of most local communities. Hence, nebenan.de, Germany’s first hyperlocal communication platform, could offer a model for communities in developing countries seeking to leverage the power of hyperlocal communication to increase social capital, says co-founder Michael Vollmann.

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“We need to develop urban rights” – An interview with Claudio Orrego, mayor of Santiago de Chile

By |2018-08-02T12:43:56+02:00March 30th 2017|governance & finance, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , , , , |

Santiago de Chile is one of the most well-developed and safe cities in Latin America. We spoke to its mayor Claudio Orrego not only about what metropolitan governance means in Santiago, but also about the current situation in Chile, how urban justice can be enforced and why it is so important to invest in public goods for the urban poor.

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“Communities do not have to be socially divided” – Interview with José Morales, former National Director of Housing and Human Settlements, Ecuador

By |2017-10-14T15:29:07+02:00March 2nd 2017|basic infrastructure & housing, housing & informality, , , , , , |

José Morales, the former National Director of Housing and Human Settlements at the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing in Ecuador, gives his view on the country's housing situation and social inequality.

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