Samo Marija Strelec
Zavod Novi Zato. Ptuj
Our city is one of the oldest city in Europe. It has not had its chronicler for at least 150 years. Can we write our future - tomorrow's history - by ourselves? In this project we are going to form “smart city website". This site will collect posts from citizens of community events. Furthermore the site will allow citizens to follow city's projects and track consumption of community money.
This project is for the city of Ptuj (Slovenia) and its surroundings. It handles about 70,000 people
Many of our people work in Austria. Or in the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana. Young people go to college and often stay where they find work easier. We try to connect "simple people" with elected. We try to create a WE feeling. We want people to feel: the city is ours, we are part of it. Everyone can participate. Everyone can and may ask, be interested, think about better options. Everyone can help shape the city through IT Cronik and his and his view of public affairs.
Our idea is very simple: we have already made an alpha version: www.ptujcani.si
It’s a platform that connects: every resident to their city. People from the street with the elect. We want every city project to be openly displayed and observed by the population. We want to reinforce the feeling: The local community is basically something simple: Our money in action. How many times do you think before you buy something in your own household? Before we, as a community, invest public money in something, we want people to be interested, to observe, to express opinions. How else can elected officials find out about the will of the electorate?
The smart website of the city will enable a dialogue between the elected and the voters.
We want to address all topics that are relevant to people's everyday life: school, environment, culture, health, education, entertainment etc. The main thing with our project is: EVERYONE can become an author. EVERYONE can become an editor. We are the city, we are our local community. City money is our money. We can decide what we want to do with the Gleld. And not just every 4 years when the elections are out. We all pay taxes, we all want to have a say in decisions, we are all interested in everything that is common. We want the awareness that there is no separation between "those here" and "we here". Local politics is an extension of us. We want to be happy about successfully completed projects. The goal is: endless improvement, citizen participation, awarenes: the city is me too.
We will include principals of schools, museums, cinemas, theaters, kindergartens, municipal councilors, the mayor’s office ... Our motto is: "Everyone is interested in something. We are all interested in everything".
We do not want to build “party-political” platforms. We don’t want to be an “alternative”. We don't want to fight anyone. We want to create a platform for our community. Where the “blood” of the community will flow. Steps:
1: Alpha Verison from www.sizamal.org - finished.
2: We connect people with the city administration and vice versa: The city administration and the elected with the people.
3: Build a chronicle of the city.
4: Teach every citizen to use an online tool so that everyone can become a co-author.
People will feel that there is no “high politics” at the local level. It makes sense to get involved. They don’t have to “argue” if they want to state their position. People will see that having an idea is not enough. And that criticism alone is not enough. People will see that there is already a “tool” that can help shape everyday life. - But: they are rarely used. Or they don’t know how to do it.
People will go to the polls in greater numbers because they will find that their voice is heard.
Young people will vote - but today young people do not go to the polls!
Citizens are visitors to events: the city has thousands of chroniclers - writers: everyone can publish a photo, video, reflection ... wherever they have been (concert, sports ...) and so the chronicle is slowly growing live.
We all know what “demos kratos” means.
Our city was founded by the ancient Romans (first written mention in 69 AD). The forum was a place where public life was discussed. Today, such a forum will be our dialogue website ptujcani.si.
Without dialogue, there is no real, living democracy.
When people are able to say their voice every day, when they can ask questions and “interfere” in local politics, they will slowly become more and more trusting of democracy.
Because they will see for themselves that if a lot of people say what they think, the politician wants to hear it. Because he wants to be elected; because he says the politician is because of the people.
Representative democracy can be improved. And that makes the most sense and is most effective at the local level to begin with.
29 elected city politicians: 29,000 citizens. They both live on very different “planets” - this is not a community.
I am motivated by the belief: we live with a 19th century mindset: there are political parties and you are a member or not -> Polarization and conflict. Or apathy and political abstinence.
I have never been in a political party. We need to rethink with the children: Polis = city -> I am a member of the city -> The city administration is an extension of me, you, us. -> It's about us.
Young people are not voting today! Why? The policy works on a 386 processor ... Young people have a 4 or 8 core processor ...
Managing, understanding, experiencing the polis at the beginning of the 21st century should be different. How?
Let the citizens develop this themselves!
Funding requested from Civic Europe
technical costs: 4.000
web costs : 5.000
mareketin, promotion, education: 10.000
travel costs: 1.000
office expenses: 1.000
If there are people who want to participate - with CE or not - my friend and I are here to develop our project further.
If people have experiences - welcome!
If it all sounds like a fairy tale - we continue to dream together.
Any hint, idea and suggestion are welcome and thank you in advance.