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Catherine Allinson commented on Community Cockpit

Hi again - the WEF GAC S doc is not my idea/work but more to inform the OpenIDEO team about significant apps already developed to address climate change risk before any investment takes place into potential duplicates.  Simon Ratcliffe at DfID London shared the doc, so he would be able to let you know if we are able to post it publically.   All the best for the festive period.


Catherine Allinson commented on Community Cockpit

I'm glad, its a pleasure being asked questions because it leads to further discussion/creation this end (I even rang Abdallah in the slum in Accra to cross check some details) and do let me know via email if you'd like to view the WEF GAC S pdf - its inspiring work on flooding, earthquakes and refugee crisis. 


Catherine Allinson commented on Community Cockpit

1. There was an overriding sense that a Community Cockpit would provide a sense of identity and community cohesion – a sense of place and ownership for a site dedicated to the community. The main issue is land rights making it difficult for slum dwellers to plan, build and invest in their future. In Old Fadama, Accra they fear the bulldozer and lack of / late warning means many are caught out – a dedicated Community Cockpit where notice of evictions / curtailing of services would help. Associated risks like water, sanitation and electricity supply information is also of interest.
Where land issues are resolved, communities want a hand in designing their own neighbourhoods a) they live there and b) slum community economies contribute significantly to GDP of which they are well aware.

Delving deeper, they also want info on areas for business expansion e.g. would be able to sell commodities in bulk if information on markets and how to access them were improved; educational facilities and the cost of these in/outside the slums was also of interest and naturally they’re keen on social interaction – games, music, Facebook. We are already planning an educational gaming version of

2. Yes, data is lucrative for all businesses but national and personal data protection laws will be upheld. There will be access to open source data and data synthesized in the model, which specifically helps communities and cities to assess and evaluate economic, social and ecological outcomes from interventions prior to implementation. The Cockpit will “improve communication between a community and the city planners and investors” and only responsible P&S will be able to advertise. There will be no charge for using the data and information in the Cockpit which is free at point of use. However, the Cockpits will be governed, monitored and managed by the independent Collaboratory (which includes community representation – Slum Dwellers Int’l and People’s Dialogue are already members in Accra) and the university to prevent abuse.

Our community feedback suggested that individuals would upload data to the Cockpit if they thought it would be useful to others in their community. E.g. OpenIDEO applicants Rainbow Gate "ToiGlue" would benefit from knowing how many people have sufficient disposable income for a home toilet and to  keep up payments for collection, which goes to a central fermentation facility for energy generation and contributes to the GHG emissions reductions targets for the city. We envisage that a responsible business/NGO like this would advertise an initiative, pay individuals to collect data and upload to the site (where the university will verify and ring fence where necessary) for all to use – community and city. This already happens across many slum communities.

3. Yes, pioneered by Peter Head, CBE (please follow him on Twitter). The Community Cockpit is our priority (bringing the voice of the community to the centre of planning resilience and sustainable development) and we will use this template to build others. Our partners are global leaders in cockpit design and data visualization, also responsible for developing the vast EC INSPIRE open data base  available to all government and associated institutions across Europe. They have already produced this for planners  and we look forward to working with them on the Community Cockpit.

4. We have been working on the project in e.g. Accra, Ghana and UB, Mongolia since last year. The Cockpits are one part of this vision. We have draft contracted Geodan and spent time building the Collaboratory and trust by engaging local authorities: Accra Met. Assembly, Nat. Dev’nt. Planning Council, Regional Coordinating Council, Min of Local Gov and Rural Dev’nt, Mayor’s Office, University of Ghana, Slum Dwellers Int’l, People’s Dialogue (all on board now) and spending time in the Accra slum communities. We have not yet started the actual Cockpit design and building work because we want to do that WITH the communities.
Amplify support would permit us to build a template cockpit and the first iteration of the Community Cockpit with a local community of slum dwellers and city planners. We have a leading digital design front end developer on our team and ready to start building this holistic and transformational communication tool.

An aside re the many individual risk reducing/educational apps: There is significant work being done on apps to connect space data for resilience to climate change and help DRR by to be showcased at DAVOS next year. Happy to share pdf via email. We are investigating integrating them into the UNISDR AR!SE programme in which the model is already the data centrepiece.