Solve Your Town Problems Via Brickstarter
Brickstarter takes advantage of social media and mobile apps and created a more articulate, more responsive, and more representative platform for citizens and institutions to work together and solve town problems.
Brickstarter sits between bottom-up and top-down, connecting the needs and desires of the community with the resources and representation of institutions.
Brickstarter has a user-centred perspective, working with communities and government to help smooth institutional processes and permits, and prototype participative governance.
How It Works:
The core of Brickstarter is a web service that provides a shared platform for citizens to suggest and build possibilities into proposals into projects.
It uses the community-building tactics of social media, orientating them towards increased citizen engagement in sustainable developments within their community. It reinforces physical interaction and documents the story of proposals.
Through crowd-funding approaches adapted from services like Kickstarter.com, it unlocks new sources of capital for projects, based around new kinds of representation and participation.
Brickstarter spells out how proposals touch municipal strategies, legislative frameworks, and political structures in order to pragmatically shape proposals.
Funding generated through Brickstarter primarily enables detailed proposals, as the evolution from vague possibility to realistic proposal is a key hurdle.
Best Part Is:
Its ‘Real-time dashboard‘ display the collective desires of a community that can be mapped against institutional strategies and legislative frameworks, enabling bureaucracy to work more effectively.