Collaborative Cities: Author Interview with Stephen Goldsmith and Kate Markin Coleman


In this episode Senior Editor Betsy Gardner interviews Professor Steve Goldsmith and Kate Markin Coleman about their newest book, Collaborative Cities: Mapping Solutions to Wicked Problems. They discuss how their respective backgrounds in local government and nonprofits inform their ideas about collaboration and how important it is to work across sectors in order to improve services for residents.

Listen below, or wherever you get your podcasts, to learn why mapping and visualizing data is crucial to these collaborations, particularly around issues of public safety, homelessness, and sustainability. Transcript available here.

About the Author

Betsy Gardner

Betsy Gardner is the editor of Data-Smart City Solutions and the producer of the Data-Smart City Pod. Prior to joining the Ash Center, Betsy worked in a variety of roles in higher education, focusing on deconstructing racial and gender inequality through research, writing, and facilitation. She also researched government spending and transparency at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Betsy holds a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Policy from Northeastern University, a bachelor’s degree in Art History from Boston University, and a graduate certificate in Digital Storytelling from the Harvard Extension School.