Published on Oct 21, 2020 by Guido Boella


WeGovNow wanted to experiment innovative forms of collaboration between citizens, civil society and institutions, adopting a participatory approach for increasing the involvement of the local communities.

The project developed a unique platform for different technologies (geolocated social network, tools for online deliberations), thus allowing citizens to report on critical issues, suggest improvements, debate on public topics and vote concrete solutions for local policies.

FirstLife was implemented as a tool to support “We-government”, active citizenship, co-production of services between PA and citizens and access to institutional Open Data.

It was intended as a platform to meet the offer and demand for local services, enriched by functionalities to moderate discussion and activate the participation of organizations and local associations, in collaboration with Liquid Feedback-Association for Interactive Democracy. Integrating FirstLife with other technological tools, proposals were collected, discussed and voted by citizens.

Results: the platform WeGovNow supported the co-design and co-management of a public park in Turin (Parco Dora). Citizens and institutions have activated a deliberative process to discuss the needs of the neighbourhood, cooperating to implement the project of urban regeneration.

Partner: empirica Gesellschaft für Kommunikations (DE), Mapping for Change (UK), University College London (UK), Università degli Studi di Torino (IT), Infalia PC (GR), FlexiGuided GmbH LiquidFeedback (DE), Universität Heidelberg UHei (DE), Funka Nu AB (SE), Citta di Torino (IT), Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini (IT), Comune di San Donà di Piave San Donà (IT), London Borough of Southwark Southwark (UK)

Duration: 36 months (February 2016 - February 2019). Funded by Horizon2020

Link: https://www.wegovnow.eu/