European Citizens’ Crowdsourcing (EUCROWD)

EUCROWD (2016-18) was a research project that aimed to identify opportunities for EU citizens to engage in decision making using digital tools. Our insights from the UK were added to those from Belgium, Finland, France, Greece, Latvia, Slovenia and the Netherlands, with the project being managed by our partners in Slovenia.

Download the final project report here (PDF).

The work explored how people want to communicate ideas directly to the institutions of the European Union. It identified both current examples of good practice and innovative ideas for digital tools that could allow people to take part in EU decision making. We also looked to find the gaps in the current opportunities for people to engage in democratic processes and to feed into policy making between elections.

You can read all the main results of the project here (external link).

To discuss this project please email kelly@demsoc.org

The project European Citizens Crowdsourcing (EUCROWD) was funded with the support of the European Union under the Programme “Europe for Citizens” – http://www.inepa.si/eucrowd



The project European Citizens Crowdsourcing (EUCROWD) was funded with the support of the European Union under the Programme Europe for Citizenshttp://www.inepa.si/eucrowd

Applicable to the Measure 2.3: Civil Society Projects

8 events were carried out within this project:

Event 1: How can citizen’s crowdsourcing foster democracy in Europe?
Participation: The event involved 43 citizens, including 34 participants from Slovenia, 1 participant from Argentina, 2 participants from Belgium (citizens of Bulgaria and Italy), 1 participant from France, 2 participants from Greece, 1 participant from Latvia, 1 participant from the Netherlands and 2 participants from United Kingdom.
Location / Date: The event took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on 26/10/2016.
Short description: The aim of the event was to address citizens crowdsourcing for politics and policy at the national and European Union level through keynote session, panel discussion, cases presentations, facilitated workshops and networking meeting. Event report is available at http://www.inepa.si/eucrowd/2016/10/26/eucrowd-conference-ljubljana/.

Event 2: Taking control of politics: can digital democracy help?
Participation: The event involved 35 citizens, including 19 participants from United Kingdom, 2 participants from Australia, 1 participant from Belgium, 1 participant from China, 1 participant from Finland, 2 participants from Greece, 1 participant from Hungary, 1 participant from Ireland, 1 participant from Italy, 1 participant from Latvia, 1 participant from the Netherlands, 1 participant from Nigeria, 1 participant from Norway, 1 participant from Slovenia and 1 participant from United States of America.
Location / Date: The event took place in London, United Kingdom, on 09/02/2017.
Short description: The aim of the event was focused on discussing social, political and technical aspects of citizens crowdsourcing in policy-making in different European countries and at the EU level. Event report is available at http://www.inepa.si/eucrowd/2017/02/27/report-eucrowd-event-london/.

Event 3: Crowdsourcing a new European democracy
Participation: The event involved 73 citizens, including 54 participants from the Netherlands, 1 participant from Belgium, 1 participant from Brazil, 1 participant from Bulgaria, 1 participant from Estonia, 2 participants from Hungary, 4 participants from Germany, 2 participants from Greece, 1 participant from India, 1 participant from Italy, 1 participant from Spain,1 participant from Surinam, 2 participants from United Kingdom and 1 participant from United States of America.
Location / Dates: The event took place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, from 14/03/2017 to 15/03/2017.
Short description: The aim of the event was to explore the opportunities for a more democratic Europe in the context of crowdsourcing as a method of an on-line engagement. Different conditions, tools and processes of engaging citizens in politics from the local to the European level were presented and discussed. Event report is avilable at http://www.inepa.si/eucrowd/2017/10/10/report-eucrowd-event-amsterdam/.

Event 4: Let’s Crowdsource the Future of Europe!
Participation: The event involved 47 citizens, including 40 participants from Greece, 1 participant from the Netherlands, 1 participant from Belgium, 1 participant from Latvia, 1 participant from France, 1 participant from Finland, 1 participant from Slovenia and 1 participant from United States of America.
Location / Date: The event took place in Athens, Greece, on 09/05/2017.
Short description: The aim of the event was focused on how EU decisions are made and in what ways crowdsourcing will allow citizens to participate directly. In particular, participants discussed when crowdsourcing could be used in the legislative process of the EU, what topics should it cover and what tools and methodologies can enhance crowdsourcing by learning from best practices in Greece. Event report is available at http://www.inepa.si/eucrowd/2017/06/20/report-eucrowd-event-athens/.

Event 5: Co-build politics with citizens to foster democracy in Europe
Participation: The event involved 70 citizens, including 63 participants from France, 2 participants from Belgium, 1 participant from Canada, 1 participant from Germany, 1 participant from Greece, 1 participant from Slovenia and 1 participant from United States of America.
Location / Date: The event took place in Paris, France, on 20/06/2017.
Short description: The aim of the event was to share and discuss experiences and visions of citizens
participation in public decisions. French cases of using collective intelligence digital platforms within the civil society for decisions involving the general interest were presented. Facilitated workshop enabled participants to work on the proposed general issue of participation to the democratic daily processes. Event report is available at http://www.inepa.si/eucrowd/2017/09/21/report-eucrowd-event-paris/.

Event 6: Open Democracy in Practice: Crowdsourcing
Participation: The event involved 47 citizens, including 40 participants from Finland, 2 participants from Estonia, 1 participant from Greece, 1 participant from Israel, 1 participant from the Netherlands, 1 participant from Poland and 1 participant from Slovenia.
Location / Date: The event took place in Helsinki, Finland, on 11/10/2017.
Short description: The aim of the event was to present cases and experiences of crowdsourcing in Finland and discuss possibilities and challenges for crowdsourcing in European, national and local levels. Learning from these cases contributed to drafting a crowdsourcing pilot at the EU level. Event report is available at http://www.inepa.si/eucrowd/2018/02/09/report-eucrowd-event-helsinki/.

Event 7: From Crowd to Action – the future of digitalised democracy in Europe?
Participation: The event involved 51 citizens, including 40 participants from Latvia, 1 participant from Austria, 1 participant from Belgium, 1 participant from Finland, 1 participant from France, 1 participant from Lithuania, 1 participant from Poland, 1 participant from Slovenia, 1 participant from Sweden, 1 participant from Ukraine, 1 participant from United Kingdom and 1 participant from United States of America.
Location / Date: The event took place in Riga, Latvia, on 23/11/2017
Short description: The aim of the event was to bring together international and local experts in the
field of digital democracy, as well as activists, political scientists and students to learn from the best digital participation examples in the region and to encourage further discussions on the power of crowdsourcing tools that can influence decisions and policies which are essential for citizens. Event report is available at http://www.inepa.si/eucrowd/2017/12/29/report-eucrowd-event-riga/.

Event 8: Crowdsourcing EU legislation: Taking Decisions With Citizens and Not For Them!
Participation: The event involved 71 citizens, including 51 participants from Belgium, 1 participant from Albania, 1 participant from Austria, 1 participant from Bulgaria, 1 participant from Czech Republic, 1 participant from Denmark, 1 participant from Finland, 1 participant from France, 1 participant from Greece, 1 participant from Ireland, 1 participant from Italy, 1 participant from the Netherlands, 1 participant from Latvia, 1 participant from Poland, 1 participant from Portugal, 2 participants from Serbia, 1 participant from Slovenia, 1 participant from Spain, 1 participant from Sweden and 1 participant from United Kingdom.
Location / Date: The event took place in Brussels, Belgium, on 27/02/2018.
Short description: The aim of the event was to give an overview of insightful national crowdsourcing practices and conclusions from EUCROWD events relevant for the EU decision-making process including recommendations for piloting the EU level crowdsourcing on the future of Europe. Event report is available at http://www.inepa.si/eucrowd/2018/03/20/report-eucrowd-event-brussels/.

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