A quick look at news stories this week featuring Bloomberg Cities’ programs and partners.
Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Head of Government Innovation James Anderson tops this year’s Fast Company list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business. Also featured in the article are several of our partner cities, including Tel Aviv, Stockholm, and Seattle. (Fast Company)
“What’s interesting about philanthropy is that it’s perhaps one of the most selfish things you can do, because it’s so satisfying to think… I’m making a difference in somebody else’s life.” In a recent interview, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg discusses government and its relation to philanthropy. (Town & Country Magazine)
After joining the What Works Cities initiative, the city of Tempe, Ariz., launched an open data program with the goal of creating a policy addressing the demands of the community, city officials, and city staff. Along the way, they encountered challenges and learned lessons while changing the data culture of the city. (Sunlight Foundation)
On the second half of 2015, $1.1 million parking fees and fines remained unpaid in Louisville, Ky., due in part to the outdated method of reminding people of their outstanding fees. Together with the help of the Behavioral Insights Team (BIT), partner of What Works Cities, the city redesigned its form of communications with residents to “nudge” them to pay — generating a net return of $4.53 per letter.