INFOGRAPHIC: What is ‘citizensourcing’?
And yes, it works
- The Colombian city Medellín has its own crowdsourcing platform MiMedellín on which citizens share their urban solutions for problems the city faces. It turned out to be a big success: having collected more than 2,300 (!) posted ideas, the government is already developing policies with help from the creativity of citizens.
- In the Icelandic capital, Reykjavik, the city council succeeded in having their citizensourcing website Better Reykjavik used by over 60% of the citizens. Since Reykjavik implemented their city platform, they have spent €1.9 million on developing more than 200 projects based on ideas from citizens.
The citizens of Paris voted massively for vertical gardens in their city.
- Paris held a participatory budgeting process, called ‘Madame Mayor, I have an idea’, that brought forward wonderful proejcts. To name one, after having received well over 20,000 votes, the city government announced to invest €2 million in vertical garden projects. Other popular ideas included gardens in schools, neighbourhood recycling centers and co-working spaces for students and entrepreneurs.
CitizenLab wants to help your city with tapping into citizen brainpower in order to create similar success stories. Our citizensourcing software is designed in a way that makes it easy and rewarding for your citizens to co-create their city, which leads to a maximum online civic engagement. CitizenLab allows you thereby to keep track of your citizens’ engagement and to reward them accordingly.
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What is 'citizensourcing'?
Citizensourcing is the crowdsourcing practice applied by governments with the goal of tapping into the collective intelligence of the citizens.
Wietse Van Ransbeeck