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Crash course in Crowdsourcing: lessons from Decide Madrid

11 April 2019
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URBACT will co-host an event with the City of Madrid as a part of its commitment to build cities’ capacity for civic participation

Event Background

URBACT strongly supports the principle of the participatory city. But what does this mean? And how can cities build their capacity to implement this principle?

Across Europe, city authorities are exploring new ways to connect with and engage citizens. This is particularly important when levels of trust in public authorities are under pressure. New digital platforms offer the potential to renew and refresh the connections with citizens, empowering them to shape the city’s future development. But they can also be used to further undermine the democratic process.

Starting in 2015, the City of Madrid has hosted an online platform called Decide Madrid. This is designed to promote transparency and to widen public participation in the city’s decision-making and investment processes. It is one of a new and growing generation of open source civic technologies emerging across Europe’s cities.

Powered by open source software, Decide Madrid enables citizens to participate by:

  • Making spending proposals through a participatory budget process
  • Submitting proposals to the city authority
  • Providing feedback on council proceedings and voting on key issues
  • Debating key issues

Madrid has learned a huge amount through this experience – and it continues to do so. Much of this learning is relevant and applicable to cities of all sizes throughout Europe. As part of its commitment to build cities’ capacity for civic participation, URBACT will co-host an event with Madrid on 11th April 2019.

 

Who should attend?

The event is open and targeted at city authority staff and stakeholders throughout Europe. Participants may be interested in establishing a crowd-sourcing platform in their own city. Or they may already have a similar mechanism in place but wish to learn from Madrid’s experience.

The event is free, and URBACT cities currently involved in URBACT networks can use their network budgets to cover the costs of travel and accommodation, following the programme’s guidelines.

The working language of the event is English.

 

What are the benefits of taking part?

The objectives of this event will be to familiarise participants with the Decide Madrid model, and equip them with sufficient know-how to consider adapting and replicating it, at an appropriate scale, in their own cities.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn from Madrid’s experience – including things they would have done differently. The focus will include not only the digital dimension, but also the process and governance issues arising from the Decide Madrid model. This interactive and practical event will include the chance to consider options to adapt Madrid’s lessons in other cities.

 

Registration

The number of places for the event is limited, to allow for maximum levels of interaction.

You can request a place here, but please note that this is not guaranteed until confirmed by URBACT. We seek to ensure balanced participation in the event, so you will hear from us as soon as possible.

Registration for the event is open until 28th February 2019.

For further information please contact c.gravier@urbact.eu

 

We look forward to seeing you at this exciting and timely event!