By Dan Hill, Bryan Boyer
Brickstarter is a prototype for a twenty first century social provider. It proposes a brand new version for a way we make shared judgements approximately shared areas. It assessments the intriguing power of crowdfunding and crowdsourcing opposed to the sensible realities of debating, governing, making an investment in and finally supplying the outfitted surroundings.
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We were not able to find many examples of a third party platform acting as a mediator between communities and government. ly are two notable exceptions, both of which have strong community engagement and are beginning to work more closely with local government in the US. Of the privately operated platforms we surveyed there are generally more opportunities for active participation, through the contribution 30 of ideas, time or expertise, for example. Where government is involved in these platforms, it is typically in a passive role, used simply as a channel to collect (mostly negative) feedback.
In Finland, for example, projects seeking to crowdfund face resistance owing to the ambiguity of current legislation and protective stance of regulators in the wake of abuses of non-profit fundraising and hoaxes. Although it is technically possible, Finnish law doesn’t offer an easy way for those seeking to fund projects with these new and unconventional tools. In the face of this dark matter the first mover disadvantage is evident here too. What this sample shows, is that there remains an opportunity for forwardthinking municipalities to develop active participatory platforms.
WORK AS ‘PROCESS SHEPHERDS’ Renew often work with project proponents such as legal or business advisors to help them understand what processes they might be bumping up against. The individuals can then choose to adjust and avoid them, or engage with the processes directly. In the latter case, Renew helps the team phrase things appropriately. This is particularly valuable, given how opaque and unuser-centred institutional processes tend to be. By describing ‘what you need to know’ Renew look to “template and standardise” core processes.
Brickstarter by Dan Hill, Bryan Boyer