We are imagining a future where citizens can engage in a much deeper way in making choices about the kind of community they want.
In this century, people will play a much more important role as co-creators of their built environments and of the public spaces that meet their individual and community needs. And what people help to design, they are far more likely to “own,” support, and steward. Digital Public Square, partnering with Sidewalk Labs, developed a new approach to community decision-making that puts people squarely at the centre.
We call this Collab, a tool to enable people to have a strong voice in the design of a complete community. We built Collab to learn how we can better support communities to become more inclusive and informed in the way they make decisions. People need tools that everyone can use, that create space to dig deeper into choices, that allow them to learn about their own priorities and those of other community members, and that evolve in real time as their environments change. We took our approach into communities to test whether we could encourage people to identify their priorities, manage the conflicts that would almost certainly pop up, and deliver a result back to community members who joined in the deliberation.
Read our joint blog post with Sidewalk Labs.