Comments for CitizenLab Citizen participation made easy Mon, 16 Dec 2019 11:03:51 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on 15+ Must-Attend Smart City Conferences [2020 update] by Thibault Van der Auwermeulen Fri, 02 Feb 2018 15:35:15 +0000 Hi Julie, we attend Gitex (Dubai) The WebSummit (Lisabon) Smart City Expo (Barcelona) last year (2017).
We have 22 year experience organising conferences for the public sector in Belgium
Since 9 years we are developing software for virtual Fairs. Most of them are jobfairs.
Last year (april) we decided to use our software for the or
We customised our software for the Smart City Fair and combine the EXPO and COMMUNITY
The 28th of February the interface will be in 11 languages (we are finalising the integration of Arabic – read from right to left)
We decide to start this fair because only a few public servants are visiting events abroad.
The community offers networking between visitors and exhibitors but also between visitors.

Comment on 8 Steps to Effective Participatory Budgeting by Steven Tue, 28 Nov 2017 18:26:37 +0000 One great example of a more digitally based Participatory Budgeting process from Iceland was just profiled in the Financial Times:

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Comment on 15+ Must-Attend Smart City Conferences [2020 update] by Laura Winslet Fri, 24 Nov 2017 01:10:05 +0000 4th Annual World Intelligent Cities Summit and Exhibition will once again gather together city leaders, government officials, academics, urban service providers and city development experts to share experiences, smart thinking and best practice for implementing the smart cities of tomorrow. WICS is an international platform for the transfer of knowledge, allowing leaders of municipalities to learn from the pioneers of smart city concepts and technologies. The event is unparalleled in the region for its peer-to-peer learning experience and excellent networking opportunities, aiding leaders and key stakeholders of municipalities to develop a secure and robust infrastructure that is fit for purpose for all citizens and achieves a more sustainable future.

With technological innovations transforming governance, and how citizens, businesses and public institutions interact with each other, it is crucial for you to understand the tools, processes and models required to cultivate “smart” communities and cities. Speakers and attendees in disciplines ranging from science and technology to planning and economic development will present cutting edge strategies to strengthen institutional efficiency, and assess broader commitments to competitiveness and sustainability.

Comment on Why the Blockchain Could Transform the Face of Digital Democracy by Raoul de Vries Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:15:15 +0000 Take a look at project Democracy.Earth, who are building a blockchain liquid democracy that enables
direct voting on issues or the ability to delegate voting power on specific topics to peers over a secure network without central authority.

Thinking about bringing this to my hometown in Utrecht, the Nederlands. Seems promising.

Comment on 15+ Must-Attend Smart City Conferences [2020 update] by Humberto Olivo Sat, 16 Sep 2017 23:53:29 +0000 Hi. First of all congrats on getting the word out for all the conferences on SC
We are launching Smart Cities Exchange 2018 with Mexico City as the host City. February 28 and March 1st, 2018
Our website is and twitter @SmartCitiesEX
We are organizing this event with the Nordic Chamber of Commerce in Mexico, Fundacion IDEA (Latam ThinkTank) and UREit – Urban Real Estate innovation + technology (USA).
Thank you for including us in the 2018 lineup (Also we have partnered with Nordic EDGE as “sister” conferences in Europe + America)

Comment on The Framework That Will Make You Understand E-participation by Schweiz fotbollströja Sat, 16 Sep 2017 05:27:57 +0000 You actually make it appear really easy with your presentation but I in finding this matter to be actually one thing that I think I would by no means understand. It seems too complex and extremely huge for me. I’m having a look ahead in your next put up, I’ll try to get the dangle of it!

Comment on The Future of Europe: Our 3 Takeaways from the Eurocities Debate by Amalia Zepou Mon, 03 Jul 2017 11:22:15 +0000 To add to your effort in identifying similar city-citizen paradigms, Athens has created a platform, called which collects activities of local community groups, both formal and informal entities on a municipality map that further empowers theirs actions by connecting them to donors, experts and municipality services, highlights best practices with the ultimate goal to upgrade and update local government thanks to what we learn from the citizens themselves. The Eurocities Working Group “Creative Citizenship” was launched by Athens in 2015, and gathers member cities who want to establish similar mechanisms. We are also very proud to have Daniel Termont as president of Eurocities. He is an inspiring advocate for the role of cities in Europe! Thank you for your article and the efforts to bring these ideas forward.

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Comment on Participatory Budget: The Beginners Guide by CitizenLab Mon, 30 Jan 2017 21:23:48 +0000 Glad you liked it!

Comment on Participatory Budget: The Beginners Guide by Cezar Busatto Fri, 27 Jan 2017 19:31:29 +0000 Let me tell you how happy I’ve got seeing this new site where you explain on a very didactic and clear way the Participatory Budgeting methodology. Congratulations!