A Community Portal Tool from TED Global: Or how to crowdsource your broadband improvement

This week I am in Edinburgh at the TED Global conference. I’m learning so much that I hope to share in future posts – but we heard about a tool today that I knew might be valuable for the Blandin Broadband Communities to hear about this week – so I’m writing this one quick post.

Note: I thought the BBCs might be interested because many have signed up to learn about community portals from Minnesota experts via webinar called Community Portals. That webinar is free and open to everyone and will be held Thursday, June 13, 2013 3:00 to 4:00 PM

Today in Edinburgh we learned about My Ideal City from Winka Dubbledam. It is a tool that has been used to develop downtown Bogota. I know it sounds a far cry from rural Minnesota and in many ways it, but I think the tool can still be helpful to build rural community because it is a tool that allows residents (and friends) play a role in local development. Through conversation the community can define local problems and offer local solutions.

My Ideal City is an online tool for civic engagement. They post regular questions that promote city pride, generate feedback on opportunities or projects in the area. It has led to crowdsourcing for largest crowdsourced building ever. Here’s the description (and video) video their crowdsource site…

This is not a research project or a crowdsourcing experiment, is an skyscraper of 66 stories financed by over 4000 crowdfunders who are the actual owners of small part of the building’s future profits. Each part is called FiDi, a real state right protected by the Colombian government that allows the BD Bacatá to be divided in more than 4.000 tangible parts.

Now think what you might be able to crowdsource in your rural community based on local population and friends, which might include past residents, local businesses and other investors with the right community portal. Sounds like an interesting way to help fund broadband in areas where the business case might need help. The advantage of local crowdsourced projects in the sense of investment that also leads to a sense of ownership that leads people to buy local!

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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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