Crowdsourcing EU legislation: Taking decisions with citizens and not for them!

EUCROWD concluding conference #DDD2018

CROWDSOURCING EU LEGISLATION: TAKING DECISIONS WITH CITIZENS AND NOT FOR THEM!

27 February 2018, BIP, Rue Royale 2-4, 1000 Brussels

Many local and national governments worldwide are using crowdsourcing methods to enable people to participate in policy debates in a constructive way and to learn from each other throughout the deliberation process (“wisdom of the crowd” principle). Digital Democracy Day 2018 is being organised in the framework of the EUCROWD project, under the Europe for Citizens programme of the European Commission, and will focus on how to encourage democratic engagement by exploring several national case studies and establishing a framework for an EU level pilot of crowdsourcing on the “Future of Europe”. The event will give an overview of international crowdsourcing practices, conclusions from conferences in Europe organised by project partners, and recommendations on the most suitable policies to be crowdsourced at EU level and the most appropriate e-participation tools to be used.

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Citizens crowdsourcing at local level

Photo credit: Europe Direct Koper

EUCROWD project workshop was organized as a part of event “Smart city Koper and digital services tailored to local residents”. The workshop, that took place in Youth Centre of Koper, aimed at raising awareness among young people on using crowdsourcing in local decision-making in Slovenia.

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“Crowdsourcing a new European democracy”

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Invitation to the Dutch edition of the EUCROWD conference

CROWDSOURCING A NEW EUROPEAN DEMOCRACY

How can we use e-participation to bridge the gap between people and politics?

Tolhuisweg 2, 1031 CL Amsterdam, Netherlands, 15 March 2017

On the day of the Dutch national elections, we question what other ways there are to bridge the gap between citizens and politicians on a national as well as a European level. Many people feel let down by European institutions and their obscure decision-making processes. Having national consultations after law proposals have already been formulated, as in the case of the Ukraine referendum in The Netherlands, do not enhance trust in European politics. How can digital tools help citizens to have a more direct say about European policy making? Could digital tools help to democratise the EU?

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