Communities, Urban development, Economic inclusion of innovative commmunities, citizens initiatives impact scale up, territorial development, interactive democracy

CIVICS projects & data for interactive democracy


Who is behind this?

VIC Vivero de iniciativas ciudadanas


Who is joining forces?





Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

CIVICS is a Commons Initiative involving more than 3600 citizen initiatives in 29 Ibero-American cities across 16 countries. It articulates their local dynamics with a hybrid platform of workshops & software to implement, improve their agendas. We aim at extending CIVICS network & methodology to EU & adding the SW for scaling initiatives impact & articulating participation programs, resources distribution & investment to each territory in the basis of data from initiatives activity & impact

Where will your idea take place?

Berlin, Thessaloniki, Ghent, Barcelona, Budapest; cross references: Madrid, Guadalajara (mx)

Why does Europe need your idea?

Democracy is in cities. CIVICS gives credit & match initiatives already working to foster a tissue that enforces a congruent governance: diagnose from situated, ongoing action; support it & complement what lies beyond by articulating participation to territory & others’ actions, scaling impacts

What is your impact?

Initiatives in 5 EU cities improve practices and scale by data-supported articulation, inspiring more citizens who step up. CIVICS monitors participation effects for continuous improvement, complements CONSUL-like SW & funds data coop platform. Interactive democracy spreads across a 90-city network

How do you get there?

1. Approach: local sessions in each new city with partners for preliminary issues map
2. Workshops: design, call; 1-week deploy: projects’ value chain scan & interconnection
3. CIVICS implementation
4. Data processing: project scaling and geo-sector analysis
5. 3-day collective assessment & roadmap
6. SW codesign & cross-implementation
a.Pilots co-definition (Madrid & Guadalajara exchange)
b.Deploy & monitor
7. CIVICS upgrade
8. Cross-sharing sessions
9. Roadmaps deploy & refresh

What is your story?

Learnings from Spanish municipalism & Iberoamerican citizen empowerment bring results to overcome EU radicalization & formal processes obsolescence by articulating sectors, territory & disciplines along with open e-participation, capitalizing & scaling previous ADVOCATE projects & UIA’s MARES Madrid

Who are you doing it for?

Citizenry: strengthens those already deploying initiatives; articulates & inspires those who lack visibility, doubt or distrust & those seeking for innovation & entrepreneurship
Administrations & funds: allows them to articulate with citizenry & direct resources according to the pulse of territory

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

How civic sectors are organized in your city? How do initiatives communicate/connect to each other? What is missing from this communication/cooperation? How can CIVICS fill this gap? How could you profit from CIVICS? Would you join a data coop that uncovers data value chains & redistribute profits?



Idea created on Jan. 16, 2018
Last edit on Jan. 19, 2018

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