Institute for Electronic participation is pleased to announce the launch of the European Citizens Crowdsourcing (EUCROWD) project. The project aims to raise awareness of the possibilities and to develop the skills at national and European level for using innovative channels of e-participation of citizens in politics and policy with a focus on the application of crowdsourcing in fostering a democratic debate on the future of the European Union.
The project »European Citizens Crowdsourcing – EUCROWD« has been funded with the support of the Europe for Citizens programme of the European Union.
Europe for Citizens Programme 2016
Activity: Strand2: Democratic engagement and civic participation
Sub-Activity: Civil society projects
Project time frame: 1 September 2016 – 28 February 2018. Duration in months: 18.
Project budget: 147.750 EUR.
Project identifier: 577356-CITIZ-1-2016-1-SI-CITIZ-CIV.
Contact person: mag. Simon Delakorda, email@example.com, (+386) 41 365 529.
|Description of the project||Activity plan||Expected effects||Target groups||Dissemination||Partners|
The project aims to foster European citizenship and to improve conditions for civic and democratic participation at Union level by gradually transforming the relationship between EU citizens and EU decision-makers into more of a partnership thus contributing to the creation of an engaged citizenship. Specifically, the project will contribute to citizens' understanding of the Union policy-making process and encouraging democratic engagement by establishing a framework for an EU level pilot of crowdsourcing on the Future of Europe. The crowdsourcing allows people to participate in a constructive way in debates and to learn from each other throughout the deliberation process ("Wisdom of the crowd" principle). The framework will be based on an overview of international crowdsourcing practices, conclusions from conferences organized by project partners, recommendations on both the most suitable policies to be crowdsourced at EU level and the most appropriate e-participation tools to be used.The project targets digital (internet and social media) components of crowdsourcing in Europe by exploring opportunities of e-platforms for collaboration and other new-tech approaches that are going beyond usual consultations and structured dialogue. Focus will be on opportunities for expanding the number of contributors to the EU policy making, removing potential barriers to participation that translate into a general feeling of exclusion from mainstream forms of influencing EU decision-making and "engaging the unengaged" throughout Europe. The project will also identify, map and network influencers, drivers and promoters of crowdsourcing as an innovative deliberative method of e-participation.
(1) Organizing in a methodological way 7 conference type workshops in Ljubljana, Paris, London/Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Riga, Athens, Helsinki and a concluding conference in Brussels with the following objectives:
- to reflect on the crowdsourcing and other e-participation experiences at national level by presenting case studies / lessons learned;
- to discuss technological, societal, cultural, political challenges for citizens, organizers and decision-makers when crowdsourcing for politics and policy;
- to brainstorm a draft framework for an EU level pilot of crowdsourcing on the future of Europe based on the analysis of 25 international examples of crowdsourcing initiatives assessed against a set of objectives relevant for the EU decision-making process;
- to reflect on both the most suitable policies to be crowdsourced at EU level and the most appropriate e-participation tools to be used based on the national experience;
- to identify and map influencers, drivers, supporters and promoters of crowdsourcing as an innovative, deliberative method of e-participation based on ICT.
(2) Desk research and collecting primary/secondary sources on citizens crowdsourcing for the purpose of an on-line repository (Knowledge centre on Digital Democracy) as a part of project website. Repository will feature best practice cases, state-of-the-art knowledge and guidelines in citizens-crowdsourcing at the national and European level.
(3) Analytical work for preparing policy recommendations on the EU perspective of crowdsourcing including the framework for the crowdsourcing pilot at the EU level based on conclusions from conferences and desk research findings on how (online) crowdsourcing can foster European citizenship, encourage participation of citizens at the Union level and support debate on the Future of Europe. The document will be presented and discussed with relevant EU decision-makers and interested stakeholders at the concluding conference in Brussels as a part of dissemination and awareness rising activities.
(4) Stakeholders community building in the field of citizens crowdsourcing as part of strategic initiative of civil society organizations aiming to advocate and promote citizens oriented open government and digital democracy at the EU level.
(1) Improved awareness among project target groups, especially (young) European citizens and EU decision-makers, about the possibilities of using crowdsourcing as an innovative channel of e-participation in EU policy making-process;
(2) Publicly accessible an on-line repository (Knowledge centre on Digital Democracy) of international crowdsourcing practices and state-of-the-art knowledge of citizen-crowdsourcing at the national and European level;
(3) Policy recommendations based on national conferences discussions and best cases review on both the most suitable policies to be crowdsourced at EU level and the most appropriate e-participation tools to be used in order to foster participation of citizens in debate on the Future of Europe. Draft framework for an EU level pilot of crowdsourcing on the future of Europe will include the general structure, modalities and practical steps.
(4) Established community of practitioners and supporters including citizens, civil society and other stakeholders which have an interest in advocating and promoting the EU level crowdsourcing initiative as a part of the European open government and digital democracy development.
Citizens, youth, NGOs, activists, experts, academia, opinion makers, media, politicians and government officials interested in citizenship, democracy and internet as well public issues and polices at national and the EU level.
Project partners websites, e-mail lists, social media profiles, events, press releases and flyers.
Project website: www.inepa.si/eucrowd (under construction).
Project hashtag: #eucrowd.
|Inštitut za elektronsko participacijo (coordinator)||Slovenia||www.inepa.si/english|
|European Citizen Action Service||Belgium||www.ecas.org|
|Stichting Netwerk Democratie||Netherlands||www.netdem.nl|
|Science For You||Greece||www.scify.org|
|The Democratic Society||United Kingdom||www.demsoc.org|