Citizens, collaborating on grassroots projects on a digital platform, strive to improve their community life.
THE TOWN CALLS FOR CITIZEN PROJECTS
Active citizenship is the most important ingredient for a prosperous city life. In 2016, the town of Orvault launched a digital platform to call for citizen projects related to local quality of life.
citizens involved on three levels
The platform offered the residents three levels of involvement: 1. 'I have a project', 2. 'I express an opinion and vote', and above all, 3. 'I want to get involved in a project'. Plus Belles Nos Vies (More Beauty For Our Lives) resulted in 2,475 connections, 10 published projects (out of 12 submitted), 49 referenced contributors, and 383 votes. Of the published projects, the installation of beehives managed by the local residents themselves and a service for carpooling between districts, were pursued due to their relevance, their replicability, the number of contributors, and the number of votes. They benefitted from the assistance of the local authorities and funding in 2017. The eight other projects were dealt with in citizen workshops, in order to enable their official implementation.
A PERMANENT, COLLABORATIVE TOOL
The initial platform was expanded to offer a permanent collaborative tool for citizens, and to welcome the next call for projects in 2018. Orvault will continue to be able to thrive on the initiatives of its inhabitants going forward!