Open innovation is not just a powerful business practice, it is also fast becoming a tool for democracy that encourages deeper citizen engagement with local, regional and national government bodies.
A forthcoming interactive workshop in Vancouver on Crowdsourcing, Citizen Engagement and Open Innovation will help attendees understand best practices and answer many questions about how the crowd can make change happen in our communities.
“Many people don’t want to go to a public meeting or have much to do with traditional civic processes per se,” said Colleen Hardwick, CEO PlaceSpeak.
“Being able to bring discussion online—and make it easy for people to connect with consultations online—will have a profound impact on the way we make decisions and develop public policy.”
Innovation through Citizen Engagement
The workshop will be held on Thursday April 19, 2012 and is being hosted by IdeaVibes, based in Ottawa, and PlaceSpeak, from Vancouver. Both organisations have created online platforms for citizen engagement and their breakfast event will cover a number of different topics including:
• Practical Crowdsourcing – what is it and how can you use it?
• Social media and its part in engaging and mobilizing crowds.
• Citizen Engagement through crowdsourcing – successful case studies.
• How to tap into the conversations that are already going on to make better decisions.
• Crowdsourcing and Place – mapping the conversations for citizen engagement.
• What is social product development? How can that help you acquire new customers?
• Best practices and how to implement in your organization. How to satisfy the skeptics.