Open Data Cam

Created by Moovel Lab, 'Open Data Cam' is a tool that helps to quantify the world. With computer vision 'Open Data Cam' understands and quantifies what it sees. The simple DIY setup allows everybody to become an urban data miner.

Citizen initiative to review Trudeau's policy

The TrudeauMeter is a non-partisan collaborative citizen initiative that tracks his performance with regards to his electoral platform.

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Probing opinions on political actions/discourse

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A public participation project reflecting the public's expectations of what constitutes a legitimate discourse based on political ideology or clear up when there is a misuse of a public position. The project was made up of an ice-cream truck, driving around Israel periphery, inviting the public to participate in 4 interactive games asking question about the dilemmas in a political discourse.

Question 01: In what case is it ok to use “bad” language during an argument? Throw a ball
Magenta - No problem its just talk
Orange - When the argument is getting heated
White- Only when I am offended
Blue - Never

Question 02: What does a politician using “bad” language make you feel? Spin a cube
Magenta - Wanting to do something about it
Orange - Terrible but there is nothing to do
Blue - I find it convincing

Question 03: When can a leader be dishonest? Insert a disk
Magenta - When important goals need to be reached, everything is allowed
Orange - One can’t succeed without being dishonest
White- There is no choice when everyone else is dishonest 
Blue - Never, leaders must always be honest 

Question 04: Can we “clean” the political discourse?
Yes / No

source: This project was designed by Roni Levit and commissioned by “Darkenu - a non-party political movement calling out for Social and economic justice, equal opportunities and The eradication of corruption and racism in Israeli society. darkenu.org.il/en

Strategic foresight on the SDG's with a boardgame

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, UNDP is using strategic foresight as part of its consultations process to build momentum for the Sustainable Development Goals. In order to start getting on the 2030 Agenda, they undertook a participatory planning process that gets beyond past and present to look into the future to create the future… it is a forward-looking approach aimed at using the future to create change in the present…”

They adapted a tool initially developed by the UN Montenegro for the post-2015 national consultations – called Enhanced Survey Tool – and it is exactly that, but with this adaptation it is also a collective problem solving tool, that presents itself as a boardgame.

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Community Alert Networks (CANs)

In DRC, the UN mission of MONUSCO initially distributed mobile phones. It is now providing SIM cards, with a nominal charge, to Focal Points in communities surrounding the MONUSCO military bases. Focal points are selected by community members and are generally drawn from local leadership. They are in regular contact with Communities Liaison Assistants or troop commanders and raise the alert in case of imminent threat.
 
A major CAN feature is the potential to extend the telephone network with HF communications. On this basis, CARITAS has linked 40 additional communities in South Kivu and Orientale Province.
 
“Do No Harm” safeguards have been put in place to avoid any negative impact on the Focal Point or the community. 25 CANs linking over two million people in 225 communities are operational and, conditions permitting, the programme will expand. A CAN Committee has been established to develop the programme and review alternative and appropriate technology. MONUSCO continues to look for partners to extend the project in priority areas.

U-Report

Developed and supported by UNICEF, U-Report is a social messaging tool that is free to everyone to speak out on development issues, support child rights and improve communities. 

"You can join U-Report from anywhere in the world and represent your own views and those of your community. As U-Reporters we speak out on the issues impacting our lives and those around us whether it is climate change, corruption, health of children or access to education for all. We improve accountability, we highlight injustice and we protect the most vulnerable, particularly children, by making sure we contribute to polls, debates and by reporting on the tough conditions faced in our communities and those around us. U-Reporters also receive information and alerts. Together we bring about positive social change and justice for all."

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Missing Maps & MapSwipe

A participatory initiative that enables anyone to tag maps to help map and reach out to vulnerable communities.

The tool (download for Android or iOS) : http://mapswipe.org/

During a humanitarian crisis, it is essential to know where vulnerable people are located, yet millions around the world are not represented on any accessible map. 
When Medecins Sans Frontieres / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) responds to major disease outbreaks with mass vaccination campaigns, hundreds of teams have to cover enormous areas (as happened in the measles outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo last year). Ivan Gayton thought that there had to be a more efficient way. Now, with MapSwipe, we can give vaccination campaign coordinators a super-fast snapshot of where the population clusters are, helping them to send their teams to the locations where they are most needed to achieve maximum vaccination coverage. Screenshot 2018-08-13 15.07.34MapSwipe is part of Missing Maps, a collaborative project in which a large and committed community of NGOs, academic institutes, companies, and most of all individual mappers, map vulnerable areas in OpenStreetMap. By using MapSwipe to identify where communities are located, you also give these mappers the ability to use their talents to map the towns and villages in these areas without having to search through miles of jungle and bush to find them, saving time and helping to put valuable data into the hands of field teams even faster.