Freiburg in Transition - interactive platform
 Posted on 31/05/2014 - 14:52
Idea Outline
Interactive online platform for the „Green City“ Freiburg, Germany • City map of sustainable projects/associations/companies • Calendar for events/meetings on sustainability • Newsportal on sustainable actions • open source, reusable&configurable

The Challenge
In the "Green City" Freiburg civil society is blooming, but faces challenges: • PR: good PR is too effortful for small and medium NGOs and a large part of the media has poor coverage •information needs: for citizens it is not easy to find in the information jungle projects for civic engagement or green shops/producers: information on several decentral sites, not user friendly, or even not digital. many websites are not yet mobile friendly, as small NGOs have no capacity for further web development •Networking: civil society actors often don't know (enough) from each other, more synergies are possible! •Scheduling events: random but painful meeting/ appointment clashes Sustainability has to be easy to be integrated in every day life!

The Solution

We are programming
a) interactive map showing sites of sustainable projects, associations &green companies
b) Calendar on transition topics
c) Newsportal with articles on sustainability
*simple and flexible input, automatically from organisation sites or on our site
*central storage and maintenance
*multiple media output eg websites, private calendars/readers, email
*screenable for subjects, organisations, places, tags
*detailed organisation profiles
*directions, whats around me function
•open source drupal project, reusable&configurable for other places&contexts
•intuitive, user friendly, mobile version, attractive design
•vision: network of sites sharing events&other content

activities: beta-release/prototype of the platform +concept/business plan +connecting to organisations&businesses

Target group and social impact
Main target groups: citizens, civil society, green economy Some Impacts: • PR easier and more effective • citizen information: easy access for informations and possibilities of engagement • stronger networking: better knowing, more cooperation • simplifies scheduling, less trouble, more performance Overall: • visualizing the pioneers of change to the public to bring them out of their niches into the mainstream • strengthening the local economy, simplifying sustainable (organic, fair, regional) consumption

Competences of the applicant
Treffpunkt Freiburg, an installation by volunteers for volunteers-giving support to civil society providing rooms&facilities, further trainings, PR, networking. Axel Rutz, senior drupal engineer, head of drupal company machbarmacher, drupal community work Hannes Steinhilber, knowledge&experience in civil project management&networking&campaigning Franz-A. Heimer, executive secretary, sociologist

Video Link
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Social Category
  • Civic Empowerment and Community Engagement
  • Economic Empowerment and Prosperity
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Other

  • Tecnology Category
  • Data
  • Geolocation
  • Mobile
  • Open Source
  • Social Software
  • Web/Internet

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    Is there an real impact? I also agree that I do not see a bigger european issue. Why should the EU fund single issues without an european approach?

    My dear Andre,

    as Hannes on 5/6/2014 already explained adequate to George, there are several active interdependencys between "Freiburg in Transition" and other european networks.

    But I think, your question not even reaches the intention of this interactive platform: sustainability! Sustainability is per definition not only a local or a regional issue. Sustainability is an issue that reaches dimensions far bigger than single issues (see attachment).

    In my terms a real problem with this kind of interactive platforms is the data entry. How do you, "Freiburg in Transition", vision a participative and usable process of data input?

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    You say open source which is great. But will the result be available as free software to share and modify to the public?

    Idea Submitter

    yes. we´re open to share our code with others and we´are trying to build it as much configurable and adaptable as possible. If we have enough resources we want to publish the hole thing as an Drupal distribution and promote it actively, so that it can be used in other places & contexts.

    Modules & features shall be published under the free GNU General Public License and on, so that others can not only use it but develop it. As we´re building our platform with a free CMS and benefiting from a lot of community work this was obvious (also because we´ll benefit from others who use & develop our code).

    It is an nice idea and the people who want to buildt it seem to be experts. Is there a bigger european idea behind this? It is not only a problem with this application - more a general that I am missing the european aspects in several ideas. Said that such a big funding has such a poor plattform and IT which looks like 5 years behind.

    Idea Submitter

    hi George,

    thanks for your comment! we are working on the local level. but of course we see the potential to scale it up or to implement it in other places. so every network in europe (or worldwide) could use our code.

    we are in contact with some european sustainability networks like transition network, the economy for the common good, community supported agriculture, global ecovillage network. we see the potential to use our data sharing functionalities to make one platform which brings all those projects together (so every network would provide an API with their projects and than they could displayed on a "map of change" on a central website for example). but that would be another bigger application ;-) an would need a bigger team and lots of communication between the networks..

    "I am missing the european aspects" is it a criteria in the application process?