Each Friday, I share a collection of stories, research, or other news and notes related to the role of feedback in complex systems that catch my attention during the previous week. Most of these I share on twitter when I first read about them; if you have a twitter account, feel free to follow me. If you’re not on twitter, I hope that you enjoy this selection of my favourites; links are provided so you can explore each one fully.
Here are this week’s favourites:
- Crowdsourcing creates new feedback loop to inform the walkability scores of neighbourhoods: a new web app launched by walkonomics.com combines the two ‘Crowdsourcing’ with ‘Open Data’ to create a five-star rating systems for street walkability. But there’s feedback on two levels – not only can individuals contribute their own rating of the street to incorporate real-world experience to the overall score, but each review also allows individuals to make suggestions for improvement. This second feedback loop creates a new forum for communication between individuals, local communities and government to create solutions that support walking.
- More feedback loop connections related to city planning the transportation, I recently participated in an online discussion forum “Exploring Vancouver’s Transportation Future” supported by the City of Vancouver (Talk Vancouver), the University of British Columbia, and Greenest City Conversations. These results of these discussions are now open to the public to view and comment on via Facebook. For more background on the project, see here.
Image is a screenshot of Commerical Drive, Vancouver BC, from Google Maps.