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Engage 4 Change

In California, the campaign used Ideavibes’ Crowd Engagement Platform to “tap into the wisdom of the crowd to build better products, engage citizens, and fund the change they want to see.

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"In a period of two weeks, the campaign attracted the participation of 2,400 citizens who voted on their favorite ideas. The winners received a cash prize and the opportunity to have their proposals presented to local government officials.

In British Columbia, the government launched The Apps for Climate Action Contest to “raise awareness of climate change and inspire action to reduce carbon pollution by using data in new applications for the web and mobile devices.”

The Government of B.C. provided its best climate and greenhouse gas emission data and challenged app software developers to create “fun and innovative climate action apps.” The public voted for their favorite apps, which are now available online.

In addition to working with citizens, governments have also used crowdsourcing to work more effectively internally.

In New York City, Mayor Bloomberg is using the web platform Spigit “to break down communication silos and dramatically improve internal collaboration and sharing of ideas.” The program is still in the pilot phase, but could grow to encapsulate 300,000 employees.

Whether crowdsourcing is being used to solve traffic problems in Los Angeles or improve water quality in Africa, the key to success is turning the community-sourced ideas into tangible solutions—a development that can only occur when citizens and business work together for the sake of building smarter communities"


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Anne - I'm a big fan of social-based systems using the crowd like this and in this challenge it would be great to explore how this might work. Some things to consider as we think about it:
- We have a large number of different groups we want to touch, many of which will have issues with access to systems (e.g., rural communities) and/or ability to engage (e.g., difficulty in using current technology). As such we should think carefully about where this would be most applicable.
- There is a real opportunity to create a virtuous cycle here. By giving people who have access issues a bigger voice they are likely to get the issues they care about higher up the list of political debate, candidates and parties will be included to take these issues more seriously and the voters will themselves feel more compelled to vote and more likely to choose to overcome any barriers they have to doing so.