Towards #WeGovernment: Collective and participative approaches for addressing local policy challenges






European Commission (EC)

WeGovNow is a Research and Innovation Action focused on civic participation in local government aiming at using state-of-the-art digital technologies in community engagement platforms to involve citizens in decision making processes within their local neighbourhood. WeGovNow taps into emerging technologies for actively supporting the transition from “e-Government” (citizen as customer) to “We-Government” (citizen as partner) enabling a new type of interactivity in the co-production of citizen-centred services and in the co-development of strategic approaches to community development. An inclusive and accessible for all citizens platform will allow people to report problems and suggest improvements, to discuss their relevance, explore ways to fix problems through collective action, find solutions to compensate for resource shortages affecting the quality of publicly provided services, debate topics of strategic nature, and develop and vote upon concrete suggestions for local policy action. The project consortium consists of 12 partners from Germany, Greece, Italy, Sweden and the U.K. and is lead by empirica. Piloting will take place in three cities: London-Southwark (U.K.), Turin and San Donà di Piave (both Italy).