Now what?

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Group 3


Project Title:

  • Now what?

NGO Project Lead:

  • Steven Flower

All Project Participants:

  • Steven Flower
  • Ivan, Tomas, Dušan, Sejla

Summary of the Problem

This is a description of the problem situation. What kind of people benefit if this problem is solved?

  • Engaging people offline
  • Systems and processes to pass laws (national, regionally, locally) take place everyday. Often, people are uninformed and unaware of these, and their likely impact. How can we use technology to inform and engage these people effectively?

Proposed Solution

This should provide an outline of the basic need that would solve the above problem. Take the law process / discussion and summarizing key points and action. Distributing via:

  • Using SMS to alert people of laws and processes
  • Printing newspapers / flyers
  • Using existing newspapers and media channels
  • Public display boards – big screens etc/ kiosks
  • Using technologies that represent content in engaging formats – eg: Flipboard
  • Snail mail / letters/ postcards – with SAE (Steve Martin fan letter)
  • Events – from tables to cocktails (?)
  • Phone? Imaginative use of robocall?
  • Radio
  • IM chats?

In doing this, we need to have a clear set of Calls to Action for people to get involved further / take action. These can be a mix of off and online opportunities.

Technology to Solve the Problem

Areas of technology that you believe have the potential to solve this problem? (eg mobile devices, social networks, geospatial technology, etc.).

Existing solutions or relevant links

What other information could help technologists working on this idea? Other events are in progress. See above

Action Plan

  • Once a potential solution has been developed, what is your plan of action to implement it?
  • Chart the law making timeframe / process
  • Gather contacts / set up CRM
  • Promote the project
  • Understand funding
  • Set the metrics / monitoring & evaluation criteria – what will success look like?
  • Educate and inform the law makers so that they are fully bought-in with the process and impact on their workflows
  • Engage CSOs who can act as intermediaries
  • Identify potential commercial partners who can provide access to channels

Example scenario

  • Process: Network of “spotters”? “Citizen spooks” who Shoutout / alerts when something is to happen which then Alerts people who may be interested in the issue Process Online Offline Inspiration Spotters find potential laws or decisions being passed. These are logged online in a tool — a website?
  • A community generates content and context around this, Evidence gathering Wiki!

City records / archives,

  • Database of interested citizens against issues — people opt-in CRM

Or use petition software to quickly gather contacts,

  • Formulate response to decision makers
  • If online system exists, then utilise Document / blog the process — use photos/videos Template letters
  • Host meetings and invite relevant officials
  • Inform and engage a wider auduence — the possible “offline” community
  • Use online tools to aggregate and repurpose data, discussions & documents.
  • Eg: flipboard Media channels — tv, radio newspapers, etc
  • Big screens, etc
  • Walking Tours
  • Call to Action for wider community
  • Use social media to spread fast and wide
  • Demonstrations, protests, vigils, flashmobs, meetings etc
  • Attend and participate in decision making “events”
  • Alert systems
  • Calendars
  • Event alerts
  • SMS
  • Transport
  • Network meetings
  • Word of mouth
  • Stickers, Badges