In our role as urban individuals, we have moved into an era of open data, crowdfunding, sharing economy and real-time democracy. Citizens all over the world have started to self-organise, create new services and find alternative ways of sharing information as part of a smart city concept. The result? Exciting innovations and ideas that can improve lives, strengthen e-participation and lead to the co-creation of policies. What’s Up, Germany? presents three ways to become a smart(er) citizen.
Download a Smart Citizen kit: This monitoring platform allows users to track environmental data in real time and implement that knowledge into participatory solutions in areas like traffic management, etc.
Create solutions to improve the status quo: A smart citizen is an active citizen. If you are unhappy with a situation and have suggestions to improve it, don’t wait. Create an online poll that identifies potential solutions by asking other citizens and propose a way out to local government bodies. Spread the word via Twitter or a blog post.
Teach, educate and spread the joy: Not everyone is equipped to be a smart citizen from the start, but everyone can become one. You can help people figure out how to google, operate a smartphone or participate in polls and forums. That way no one will be left out.