Supporting Participatory Budgeting with Shareabouts

Last year, nine NYC Council Members supported community-driven budgeting, giving local residents the opportunity to decide how funding should be allocated in their neighborhoods. Known as Participatory Budgeting, it’s an exciting opportunity for people to come together for public meetings that matter. High-impact, popular projects get supported, and hundreds of residents work together, becoming empowered and informed.

We want to see Shareabouts be even more useful for PB in future years. We’re excited about it being part of a collection of powerful open source engagement tools, making participation more rewarding, and giving staff and volunteers the tools they need to manage the complexities of engaging thousands of people over several months. From initial idea gathering to presenting the final results, we want to see open, collaborative tools underpinning the entire participatory budgeting process.

New ways to get Shareabouts maps

In time for APA, we just released self-service Shareabouts maps inside your OpenPlans project. It’s simple: create a project and activate the map. Set your center and zoom, and publish! Users can view the map on your page, and add points with written comments. Not a replacement for a full Shareabouts map, but very helpful Read more…

Let’s talk

For several years*, we’ve had a Google Group open to the Shareabouts community – a place for technical questions and conversations about making Shareabouts better. All of us at OpenPlans channel those questions and ideas into making our open source tools better. We want to broaden those conversations beyond “developers”, to everyone who’s using OpenPlans and Read more…

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WALKscope uses Shareabouts to map and measure Denver’s walkability

In Denver, PlaceMatters and local pedestrian advocacy group WalkDenver are using OpenPlans’ Shareabouts to power WALKscope, a crowdsourcing tool to gather data about walkability. They want to engage Denver residents in a dialogue about walkability, as well as create an inventory of street infrastructure — sidewalk conditions, intersections, pedestrian counts — to help make the case for improvements.