FOUNDING STORY: We want to hear about your “Aha!” moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution’s potential to change the world.
Our Aha! moment came from learning that project "FixMyStreet.com" is doing great in engaging city inhabitants in changing their environment for better and connecting them with the city councils using Internet communication. Our second Aha! moment came from learning that there is a growing popularity and success in crowd-sourcing solutions for problems using Internet question and answer systems like www.quora.com, www.osqa.net or www.stackexchange.com. These two Aha! moments have inspired as to think of a project that combines that two insights. With the use of free open-source question and answer system www.osqa.net, which enables the project to start with a small budget, we wish to propose a "Fix My City" platform for Krakow city. Using the ideas behind “FixMystreet.com” and tools provided by www.osqa.net we want to create a dedicated community of Krakow city inhabitants that will be able to help each other in solving problems like abandoned vehicles, graffiti, fly tipping, street cleaning. The tools will provide a reputation system that lets anyone to give and receive props for positive contributions to the community and the ability to create groups to help narrow content focus.
Specify both the depth and scale of your solution’s social impact to date
For now this a project that is not yet executed. We plan to provide a system that can create a community of all Krakow city inhabitants, 700 000 people, divided in to districts that are covered by relevant city councils. The social impact of the project will engage people to connect with each other, help them to stop being passive in reference to problems that need to be fixed in collaboration. For example if someone will see a vulgar, racist graffiti that creates atmosphere of fear in the district, by publishing this problem and finding people who will propose relevant solution or their own help, as a consequence the problem will be fixed and all people that live in the district will benefit. In a similar way if someone will use the platform to alarm about an abandoned house, people will help to solve the problem and as a result the whole district will benefit. In general the system will enable to create community of people who live in the same district that have knowledge and are willing to help in solving problems that affect whole social environment.
What is your projected impact within the next 1-5 years? Is your idea replicable? If so, how?
Yes. After a testing year of the project we will implement it in other Polish cities or Central and Eastern Europe cities. In each case the system will create a community of city inhabitants engaged in solving city problems that are willing to help other people to find relevant solutions. As it grows the system will become an example of how people can engage in changing their environment by learning each other using "question and answer" systems that are transparent, easy to use and democratic.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and mark growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
Creating a dedicated community of people who help each other solving city problems in Krakow.
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Reaching the average 50% problems solved and 20% of the Krakow Internet users population.