Democracy and participation, Urban development

The Crowdsourced City: On Tour


Who is behind this?

Joshua Ng

The Connectors Society


Who is joining forces?

City Guerilla


Transition Town-Essen


Creative Roots


This is a mobile project. We will also travel to and collaborate with: -STPLN, Malmö -Gangeviertel, Hamburg -Mandril Culture Centre, Maastricht -Fundacja Impossible, Wroclaw -Unmonastery, Berlin

Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

Cities need to be created with and not just for people. This project is a workshop-based road trip through eight European cities to meet partners, and co-organize pop-up interventions in different public spaces with local communities. The goal of this project is to introduce a new form of collaboration between residents and city officials to co-create better cities. It’s based on a methodology we've been designing with Malmö City for three years featured in The Guardian, Skoll Forum and more

Where will your idea take place?


Why does Europe need your idea?

Cities are more complex, diverse and fast-paced than ever. The traditional top-down approach of building cities creates a distance between the city and people who live in them. We need to change the way our cities are made if they are to be livable.

What is your impact?

We aim to co-create a model for European cities, tested and tried in European cities led by grassroots organizations. We will compile the learnings and documentation from the project into a guide to show city officials, organizations and residents from different contexts what co-creation looks like in a multiple contexts. We will also meet with and document other ongoing initiatives in other cities along the way.

How do you get there?

First, we will transform an old van into a mobile workshop wagon to take us from city to city. Based on our open methodology, we will guide partners on techniques of identifying key needs of their local context. Next, we begin travelling to the cities, meeting with the partners and preparing for the intervention event based on the data collected in the pre-study stage. We aim to mediate a meeting between the partner and city officials during this time. During the intervention, we co-host a daylong event where citizens co-create a public space. Lastly, we return to Malmo and compile our learnings into a handbook, published under Creative Commons.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

To inspire a culture of co-creation it is necessary that multiple sectors are involved in facilitating the process. This project is targeted at enabling residents to actively engage in their urban environment. At the same time, it showcases methods for city departments to take a proactive stance to citizen-led initiatives. In order to instill sustainable changes the norms of citizen engagement and the frigid decision-making of institutions both need to be reconciled.

What makes your idea stand apart?

The approach. There is a movement of people reclaiming their city and co-creating spaces. We combine the best practices from around the world instead of re-inventing the wheel. We work hands-one, meaning that we do a lot of community groundwork. At the same time, we are accustomed to working with cities and understand the limitations of institutions. This idea is to empower the intermediaries like us to lead the co-creation movement in their city.

€ 38600,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 65000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Administration: EUR 1600 Travel and Transportation: EUR 14200 Accommodation and Subsistence: EUR 8500 Workshop Costs: EUR 8,800 PR and Communication: EUR 2000 Unforeseen: EUR 3500

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

Want us to swing by your city and organize a Pop-Up intervention together? Get in touch!



Idea created on March 8, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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