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Fact Card: Webvolunteering.org

Fact Card is a series of posts summarising crowdsourcing and public decision making initiatives relevant to our project. Please post a comment or email us with any clarification.


webvolunteering

What?
Webvolunteering offers online volunteering tools and connects volunteer and non-governmental organisations with people who offer their time to contribute to projects beyond just collecting money on the street. The platform is offered to organisations at a low cost.

How does it work?

  • After registering and creating a new profile, new members can specify their own skills and which type of projects they are interested in.
  • A listing of open projects is available and more details can be found on the project page
  • If the project is interesting, the member can join the project.
  • After the project leader has approved the new group members, they are given access to the project space where they can contribute to the project

Who’s involved?
Citizens, NGOs, Abonnet Oy.

Status:
Active. The service is intended to expand outside Finland in the future.

Website:
www.webvolunteering.org

 

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Fact Card: make.helsinki

Fact Card is a series of posts summarising crowdsourcing and public decision making initiatives relevant to our project. Please post a comment or email us with any clarification.

makehelsinkiWhat?
make.helsinki is a collaborative project between Clear Village and DEMOS Helsinki to explore how public space can be used in novel ways when designed in a participatory manner.

The project has three main aims:

  • To map out currently underused and overlooked spaces in Helsinki
  • To understand how such spaces can be turned into problem-solvers for larger issues
  • To co-design and co-implement a guerrilla intervention in an actual space in Helsinki to showcase the effectiveness and excitement of participatory approaches

Who’s involved?
Demos Helsinki, Clear Village, and citizens (workshop participants).

Status:
Active. Workshops between June-September 2012.

Website:
http://makehelsinki.fi

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Fact Card: Mieluisa Tampere

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mieluisatampereWhat?
Mieluisa Tampere is run by the Mieluisa collective. The project aims to bring forward ideas to make Tampere a better place for its residents. Mieluisa Tampere is a city art project aiming at encouraging and inspiring citizens to take part in creating a pleasant and lively city environment. Mieluisa Tampere was awarded with the ‘City Act of the Year’ award in 2011.

How does it work?

  • Both citizens and Mieluisa collective can send in ideas for development in the Mieluisa Tampere website
  • Ideas are published on the website and they can be commented by visitors and they are put forward to the city administration (City planning office)
  • Mieluisa Tampere also takes part in events around Tampere to promote their work and collect ideas
  • Later on the project will expand from art installations to real projects starting with very small, temporary projects aiming at heading towards bigger and more solid solutions. Co-operation with a number of organisations and art institutions is also in the works. The project lives constantly mirroring on the experiences and feedback received from the audience

Who’s involved?
Mieluisa collective, citizens, city of Tampere, Tampere Architecture Week, and Luova Tampere project (ended 2011).

Status:
Active. According to the website the project is planned to be expanded to other cities in the future.

Website:
http://mieluisatampere.fi

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Fact Card: Kansanvalta

Fact Card is a series of posts summarising crowdsourcing and public decision making initiatives relevant to our project. Please post a comment or email us with any clarification.

kansanvalta_1What?
Kansanvalta.fi is a repository for information on Finnish democracy. The website serves citizens, researchers, government professionals, educators, and others interested in democracy and related issues. The main objective of the site is to support citizens’ participation and influence, Finnish democracy research and democracy policies.

Who’s involved?
Kansanvalta is open to all citizens. The development of Kansanvalta.fi is funded by the Citizen Participation Policy Programme. The site is maintained by the Finnish Ministry of Justice.

Status:  Active. The website updated on a regular basis, however it acts only as a one way, top-bottom, tool.

Website:
http://www.kansanvalta.fi

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Fact Card: Hukkatila ry.

Fact Card is a series of posts summarising crowdsourcing and public decision making initiatives relevant to our project. Please post a comment or email us with any clarification.

hukkatila_treWhat?
Hukkatila ry. is an association aiming at enlivenment of the city space and culture in Tampere. The association was registered in May 2012.

What’s happening?
Hukkatila ry. has reclaimed an empty outdoor area close to the centre of the city. YIT, a construction and real estate company, owns the property but has given Hukkatila permission to organise events during summer 2012.

Who’s involved?
Hukkatila ry., citizens, city of Tampere (funding for event production), YIT (empty location about to be turned into a construction site).

Status:
Hukkatila ry. has organised a party to collect money to cover the running costs, skate ramps and gardening are open for everyone. They plan to organise outdoor cinema, bike repair workshops, etc. during the summer 2012.

Website:
http://hukkatilary.tumblr.com/

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Fact Card: Otakantaa.fi

Fact Card is a series of posts summarising crowdsourcing and public decision making initiatives relevant to our project. Please post a comment or email us with any clarification.

otakantaa_2

What?
Otakantaa.fi is a platform for ministries to collect citizens’ opinions and experiences about topics that are being prepared. The website is online both in Finnish and Swedish.

How does it work?

  • New conversations are added about issues that are being discussed/prepared in Finnish ministries – the portal works only one way: citizens are not able to start discussions
  • Each subject is introduced and questions are put forward. The discussion is online for a few weeks
  • Once the discussion has ended, the comments are summarised and sent forward to their respective parties for evaluation and consideration

Who’s involved?
Citizens, government officials. The portal is run by the Ministry of Justice.

Status:
Active. A new version of the platform is being developed.

Website:
www.otakantaa.fi / www.dinasikt.fi

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Fact Card: Hukkatila Oy

Fact Card is a series of posts summarising crowdsourcing and public decision making initiatives relevant to our project. Please post a comment or email us with any clarification.

hukkatila

What?
The concept of Hukkatila initiated at the Peloton Innovation Camp in November 2011. Hukkatila is a 21st century real estate development company and the concept was awarded as the winner of the camp. Hukkatila develops business models to utilise empty buildings or spaces with infrequent usage.

How does it work?
The core operations for Hukkatila are (as presented at the Innovation Camp):

  • Acting as an intermediary and communicating available spaces to the public
  • Organising activities in temporarily/permanently empty spaces
  • Looking for empty spaces and designing new activities/new usage for them

Who’s involved?
Hukkatila, citizens, local businesses, city of Helsinki (depending on the project/space)

What’s happening?

  • Hukkatila Fashion Hopping; pop-up fashion fair for upcoming fashion designers
  • Saving Fastholma; campaign to renovate Fastholma villa in Herttoniemi for the citizens.

What’s new?
Heating is one of the largest sources of emission in Finland. Hukkatila creates new real estate business out of existing resources.

Status:
Some action in Fastholma (meetings, gardening, etc.). The city has given an initial ‘yes’ for turning it into a communal meeting place, however the building needs to be renovated and installing for example sewage is a big operation.

Website:
http://www.hukkatila.fi

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Fact Card: Porkkanamafia

Fact Card is a series of posts summarising crowdsourcing and public decision making initiatives relevant to our project. Please post a comment or email us with any clarification.

porkkanamafia

What?
Instead of boycotts, Porkkanamafia (‘carrotmob’) offers to spend money in order to support the business if the business is willing to make a socially responsible change. The lonely consumer is powerless, but a big crowd can get their voice heard. Carrotmob consist of people who are willing to vote with their feet – and wallets.

How does it work?

  • Porkkanamafia negotiates with local businesses (restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores, etc.) and ask how much of the extra revenue coming from a carrotmob event they would be willing to invest in the improvement of their energy efficiency
  • A shopping spree will be organised for the benefit of the business with the ‘highest bid’ (the largest sum going to energy efficiency)
  • Afterwards, volunteering energy consultants evaluate what kind of actions the business could and should take and supervise their work
  • The Finnish carrot mob has an open discussion board on their website where people can suggest and comment on new projects

Who’s involved?
Citizens, local businesses

Status:
Active. Groups and local associations around Finland

Website:
http://www.porkkanamafia.fi

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Fact Card: Digitalkoot

Fact Card is a series of posts summarising crowdsourcing and public decision making initiatives relevant to our project. Please post a comment or email us with any clarification.

digitalkoot

What?
Digitalkoot (‘digital voluntary work’) is a game-ified platform for citizens to correct text in the articles of the digitised newspaper collection of Kansalliskirjasto (the National Library of Finland). The newspaper collection has been digitised by using automatic text recognition. However, the all-powerful computers aren’t able to recognise all the words due to poor quality of old newspapers, typeface, etc. and the material has to be corrected manually.

How does it work?

  • The game is accesses through Facebook
  • Gamers correct words and collect points
  • High scores are published on the Facebook page and website
  • Later in 2012 new features will be added (repairing article structure, adding photos to articles)

Who’s involved?
Citizens, Kansalliskirjasto, Microtask

Status:
Active. Some 25 000 individual users through Facebook.

Website:
http://www.digitalkoot.fi

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Fact Card: Stadin aikapankki

Fact Card is a series of posts summarising crowdsourcing and public decision making initiatives relevant to our project. Please post a comment or email us with any clarification.

timebanking_HKI_2

What?
Stadin Aikapankki is a community-based exchange system. A complementary trading network operates without money and provides its users the means to exchange goods and services. The Helsinki community exchange started some 3 years ago.

How does it work?

  • Aikapankki (time bank) compiles and distributes a directory of goods and services offered by the users registered as well as a list of their ‘wants’ or requirements
  • When a registered user requires something advertised in the directory, the seller is contacted and the trade takes place. The currency used is called ‘Tovi’ – a moment of time
  • Sales are recorded as credits for sellers and as debits for buyers. The central book-keeping system records the relative trading positions of the traders
  • The time bank collects a ‘community tax’, i.e. each member of the time bank donates their time to the running of the association

Who’s involved?
Local time banks (around Finland), citizens, community exchanges internationally.

Status:
Active. The number of time banks has increased in Helsinki (many areas have their own), local time banks have been started around Finland, gardening projects and meetings are arranged on a regular basis.

Website:
http://stadinaikapankki.wordpress.com

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