Cities are taking an increasingly leading role in delivering climate action. Simultaneously, digital technologies are transforming the way in which citizens communicate – among their peers, their wider communities and with government. This report investigates the use of digital technologies for citizen engagement in climate action, aiming to understand how cities are using digital platforms, social media, open data, crowdsourcing and other engagement tools to create truly participative solutions and unlock climate action.
The report has sought practical examples of how cities are using digital platforms, social media, open data, crowdsourcing, hackathons and other engagement tools to create truly participative solutions and unlock climate action. It is framed around three main sections:
Providing background to the concept of Polisdigitocracy within the context of the smart city and climate action.
Presenting a series of practical examples of how city governments are already using digital engagement technologies to meet a variety of city objectives.
Discussing the building blocks being established by city governments to embed progressive democratic engagement across their departments and pointing to challenges city governments are still attempting to address.