Wietse van Ransbeeck is the CEO and founder of CitizenLab, a civic engagement platform on which citizens co-create their city. Wietse explains the innovative practice of ‘citizensourcing’ which lies at the very core of his newly developed software.
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 attracting over 60% of the citizens to the citizensourcing website Better Reykjavik. Since Reykjavik implemented their city platform, they have spent €1.9 million on developing more than 200 projects based on ideas from citizens.
- Paris held a participatory budgeting process, called ‘Madame Mayor, I have an idea’, that brought forward wonderful projects. For example, receiving well over 20,000 votes, a vertical garden project earned a€2 million from the city government. Other popular ideas included school gardens, 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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