Ideavibes helps the City of Ottawa take Citizen Engagement leap by Crowdsourcing Sustainability Ideas with IdeavibesTM Crowd Engagement Platform
The City of Ottawa released results of social media fueled ‘Have a Say’ citizen engagement Campaign using Ideavibes’ Crowd Engagement Platform. Participation exceeds expectations.
Ottawa, ON – September 20, 2011 – The City of Ottawa released results last Wednesday from their innovative “Have a Say” campaign which was made possible through a partnership with Ottawa based start-up Ideavibes and the use of their Crowd Engagement Platform. Ideavibes has developed a citizen engagement tool called a ‘Crowd Engagement Platform’, which helps organizations launch crowdsourcing or crowdfunding campaigns to faciliate engagement and tap into the wisdom and power of the crowd. The platform is currently being used in citizen engagement applications in various cities in Canada, as well as in Mexico, as well as in open innovation and crowdsourcing applications for a number of global brands. “We started working with the City of Ottawa soon after we released the commercial version of our platform in English and French, and launched the crowdfunding site, Fundchange (www.fundchange.com), with partner TELUS®”, according to Paul Dombowsky, Ideavibes CEO. “Initially, the City of Ottawa was looking at doing a survey as the mechanism for feedback but we were able to show them how crowdsourcing and our platform would give them so much more depth for this citizen engagement initiative.” The results of the campaign speak to the desire of citizens to get involved in crowdsourcing ideas for making Ottawa a more sustainable City. Hoping for participation of around 1000 ideas, comments and votes combined, the level of participation for the campaign ended at over 6000 in total with over 200 ideas being generated. “The contributions of our residents are an important part of planning for Ottawa’s future,” said Councillor McRae. “The input received through “Have a Say!" will be shared with everyone involved and considered for inclusion in the Choosing our Future Sustainability and Resiliency Plan which will be available for public comment in the Fall. The Ideavibes Crowd Engagement Platform is a hosted in Canada solution that works in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and soon to be launched German. For more information or to sign-up for a free trial, please visit www.ideavibes.com or visit our blog to learn more about crowdsourcing and crowdfunding at blog.ideavibes.com. About Choosing our Future – City of Ottawa Choosing our Future is an exciting initiative of the City of Ottawa, the City of Gatineau and the National Capital Commission to help Canada’s Capital Region to succeed in meeting the challenges of the 21st century by integrating sustainability, resiliency and liveability into all facets of the community. For more information about Choosing our Future or the City of Ottawa, please visit www.choosingourfuture.ca or www.ottawa.ca About Ideavibes The Ideavibes Crowd Engagement Platform™ enables organizations to create crowdsourcing and crowdfunding campaigns that use the power of social media and tapping into the wisdom of crowd to strengthen relationships through engagement and participation. It’s about starting innovative projects, building better products, setting new directions and being more crowd- or community-focused, funding worthy initiatives and sparking social change. For more information about Ideavibes, please visit www.ideavibes.com ###
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The City of Ottawa released results from their “Have a Say” crowdsourcing campaign using Ideavibes' Crowd Engagement Platform
Article and attached release highlight success of the crowdsourcing campaign precisely because it gave citizens the opportunity to use innovation to solve the problem and not just respond to a survey.