HOW MIGHT WE LEVERAGE TECHNOLOGY TO PROMOTE COMMUNITY COHESION ACROSS
DIVISIONS, CIVIC AGENCY, AND ACCESS TO PUBLIC ASSETS?
At a time when ideological divisions deepen disengagement, classism and racism
isolates communities, and disinvestment in safety nets destabilizes families,
the health of our public is deeply threatened. These civic roots have a
tremendous impact on the physical and mental health and wellbeing of our
To create a healthy public, we believe that technology can be used as a tool to
ensure the public's vitality against the chronic maladies of isolation,
disempowerment, and instability.
Civic Hall Labs launches the Healthy Public Challenge as a call for solutions
that build a healthy society in these three target categories:
1. CIVIC COHESION - increase communal interactions, community discourse, and
engagement within and across groups;
2. CIVIC AGENCY - support underrepresented groups to participate in
governing our public at the local, state, and/or national levels, improve
decision-making through data equity, open sourced tools, or access to
3. PUBLIC ASSETS - protect and increase access to public goods and social
Learn more and see examples of solutions within these categories
With the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation<http://www.rwjf.org/>,
Civic Hall Labs has launched the Healthy Public Project to catalyze innovation
in addressing the civic roots of health.
Civic Hall Labs<http://www.civichalllabs.org/> exists to collaboratively design
and build technology for the public good. As one of our themed labs, the Health
Lab<http://www.civichalllabs.org/health-lab/> uses an interdisciplinary
approach to shift from the mainstream notion of health as disease management to
addressing the civic roots of health disparities. We want to flip the question
from what makes a community unhealthy to asking: What makes a healthy public?
Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA)
University of Washington Information School
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