We find ourselves consistently impressed by the types of projects launched on our platform. In this inspirational series, we’ll spotlight some of the innovative ways governments and organizations around the world are activating and engaging their communities virtually. Let’s dive in!
- The City of Arlon rethinks parking spaces 🇧🇪
Parking is an increasingly contested topic in cities around the world. While some residents want more of it, others want to use the space in different ways and cities often find themselves having to navigate these differing needs.
That’s why the City of Arlon included a parking project in its Communal Mobility Plan. The City proposed new short-term parking, limited to 30 minutes and controlled by smart sensors, and turned to its residents to help decide the location for the new spaces. Using our platform’s mapping feature, they collected over 450 pins which helped them identify the most popular spots for new parking. View the project.
- The City of Oosterhout launches its platform with citizen proposals 🇳🇱
The municipality of Oosterhout recently launched their platform with 8 projects, ranging from how to move towards sustainable heating to increasing green spaces in the city.
3. Brussels engages its international residents 🇧🇪
Cities are diverse, yet their processes often aren’t as inclusive as they should be. The Brussels-Capital Region decided to challenge the status quo by giving its international residents a say in the future of their new city.
While international residents can’t vote in elections, this project encourages them to share what could be done to make Brussels more welcoming, vibrant, and liveable. It also gives them a chance to share how they want to be politically represented in an ongoing way. View the project.
4. FEHAP rethinks healthcare ahead of elections in France 🇫🇷
On the heels of an unprecedented pandemic, FEHAP (Federation of Solidarity for Private Hospitals and Personal Assistance) recognized the need to engage its community on the future of healthcare.
Seeing the upcoming elections in France as a springboard for building back better, they recently launched their community engagement platform to consult residents, health professionals, volunteers, and other stakeholders about the way the health system should serve the community. View the project.
5. The City of Ghent approaches mobility planning together with residents 🇧🇪
The City of Ghent is back with yet another impressive participation project! Their new proposed neighborhood mobility plan was developed in collaboration with affected stakeholders such as farmers, local companies, universities, and healthcare professionals.
Now, they’re giving residents and other stakeholders a chance to weigh in on the proposal. Their projects are visualized with the platform’s mapping feature, giving residents both a strategic and visual view of what the projects could look like. View the project.
- Copenhagen addresses community policing 🇩🇰
Policing is easily one of the most important yet contested community engagement topics. That’s why Copenhagen Police launched their Citizens’ Council and digital community engagement platform to collectively serve as a forum for dialogue and reflection between the city’s residents and its police department.
By combining offline and online methods, the department is able to consult more residents on how to improve safety and which topics to focus on. The platform is intentionally set up to make it more personal by showing photos of the local officers in every project description. View the project.