Open Democracy in Practice: Crowdsourcing

International seminar


Eurooppasali, Malminkatu 16, 00100 Helsinki, 11 October 2017

Open Ministry and the Institute of Deliberative Democracy are organizing a seminar “Open Democracy in Practice” in Helsinki. The seminar is part of international European Citizens Crowdsourcing project. The event gathers together the developers and users of open democracy. The most exciting cases of crowdsourcing in Finland will be presented and discussed. In the afternoon we have workshops where, based on national examples, we’ll discuss the idea of a crowdsourcing pilot in the EU. The results will be gathered and used in the project Towards a Crowdsourcing Pilot at the EU level.


9.30 Morning coffee

10.00 Opening words

  • Welcome, facilitators Saara-Sisko Jäämies & Aira Ranta
  • Open Democracy in Finland, Joonas Pekkanen, chairman, Open Ministry

10.15 Case presentations

  • Soft spot for regulation: crowdsourcing from beginning on issue identification, Jyrki Jauhiainen, Counsellor of Legislation, Ministry of Justice
  • Making data driven decisions based on personal values, case Tekniikan Akateemiset. Petri Takala, senior advisor, digital business & government, Gofore & TEK

11.15 Facilitated Experts Panel Discussion

Possibilities and challenges for crowdsourcing in European, national and local levels.

  • Maija Jäske, doctoral candidate, University of Turku
  • Joonas Pekkanen, Open Ministry
  • Hannu-Pekka Ikäheimo, foresight specialist, Sitra
  • Hille Hinsberg, civil society & governance expert, Research centre Praxis (Estonia)

11.45 Lunch break

Light lunch will be served

12.30 Workshop

Workshop hosts share their experiences in crowdsourcing. Learning from these cases is contributed to drafting European level crowdsourcing pilot.

  • Gamified urban planning, Juuso Heinisuo & Niklas Lähteenmäki, City of Hämeenlinna
  • Crowdfunding for Collaborative economy, Kimmo Hokkanen & Tanja Korvenmaa, Ehta Raha
  • Possibilities for Crowdsourcing for Genomic Citizenship, Heikki Saxén, The Finnish Institute of Bioethics
  • Electorate, The civic engagement app. Influence the decisions of your life, Karri-Pekka Korolainen & Juha Repo, Pentaleap oy
  • Shared understanding for well-informed decision-making, Jouni Tuomisto, National Institute for Health and Welfare THL
  • Citizen observations as knowledge base for decision-making in wildlife management, Jani Pellikka, Natural Resources Institute Finland
  • Estonian People’s Assembly on the Future of Ageing, crowdsourcing process for renewing the pension system built on the citizen initiatives platform, Teele Pehk, foundation Estonian Cooperation Assembly

14.00 Workshop conclusion

Presenting workshop discussion and drawing conclusions.

14.30 Ending of program

Please feel free to stay for refreshments, snacks and especially for getting to know awesome new people!

15.30 Closing the venue

Thanks for participating!

The EUCROWD event in Helsinki is organized by Open Ministry and the Institute of Deliberative Democracy with the financial support of the Europe for Citizens programme of the European Union.

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