Citizen engagement is a powerful way to tap into collective intelligence. So why is it so hard to get people to participate? The main obstacle to participation is that most engagement opportunities consist of everyone going through the motions, without a real transfer of power to the citizenry. The development model itself is rarely questioned: regional cohesion policies tend to view development as a singular path, "everyone should be like Bavaria". When people are allowed to negotiate the idea of development and pursue their own form, engagement becomes much more meaningful.
We will (1) discuss the challenges of citizen engagement; (2) discuss the role of data for and about collective intelligence; (3) present some experiences; and (4) discuss a possible future where different regions might pursue different models, rather than trying to converge on a dominant one.
The workshop will encourage Europe's regions to experiment with different economic models and show a data approach to collective intelligence which is the magic dust that can propel regional cohesion if people are enabled to act, not just talk.
The call is part of the Science Fiction Economics Project and will be recorded. Please read details about that process in this info sheet: https://edgeryders.eu/t/participant-information-sheet-eu-regions-week-edgeryders-event/14276. By joining the call you confirm that you understand and consent.
Alberto Cottica, Research Director, Edgeryders, Estonia.
Stefan Appel, Head of Unit of the Competence Centre for Administrative Capacity Building and the EU Solidarity Fund, DG REGIO, European Commission, Belgium.
Alessandro Bellantoni, Head of the Open Government Unit, OECD, France.
Amelia Hassoun, Phd candidate, Oxford Internet Institute, United Kingdom.
Giacomo Pinaffo, Project manager, Fondazione di Comunità di Messina, Italy.