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SXSW 2018

Sensemaking for Cities: Conflict and Complexity

City Hall must navigate competing priorities while sitting at the intersection of complex, deep-seated conflicts that evade simple solutions. The interactive session introduces an innovative approach to civic engagement to capture citizens’ voices and identify patterns that can be used to resolve structural conflicts and build more equitable cities. By developing human sensor networks, city governments can overcome partisan politics and revolutionize their role in addressing systemic problems.

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  1. How can cities utilize insights from complexity and peace studies to generate solutions to intractable problems and conflicts?
  2. How can cities involve community members in problem identification and solution development?
  3. How can innovative approaches to mixed-methods research improve cities’ theory of change and evaluation of policy?



Keil Eggers, Assistant Researcher, KU Center for Public Partnerships and Research

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Cities Summit
  • Level: Intermediate
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