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Desire Path

A desire path (also known as a desire line, social trail, goat track or bootleg trail) is a path developed by erosion caused by footfall or by bicycle. The path usually represents the shortest or most easily navigated route between an origin and destination. The width and … Continue reading

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ambient feedback

Two colleagues of mine recently shared stories that beautifully illustrate the idea of ambient or integrative civic engagement. A divider built on the road through a small Indian town inadvertently prevented residents from crossing, forcing them to walk miles out … Continue reading

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Integrative Civic Engagement

Civic engagement in the US falls toward two poles. Individuals vote, tweet, like, and petition, making a minor commitment of low-fidelity engagement. Or, large groups protest, march, and revolt, deeply investing time, identity, and bodies of high-friction engagement. On poth … Continue reading

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