Your stories of citizen innovation

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By Futures Centre / 23 Jan 2017

This month on the Futures Centre, we are collecting stories of citizen innovation to inspire us on how we can rethink governance, what role citizens can play for a world where life can sustain itself, and what it will take to unlock a paradigm shift.

Share stories of citizen innovation you have seen in the comments box below or on social media with the hashtag #citizeninnovation. Together let’s make this a revolution.

Viber offers free calls to countries affected by Trump's ban

Mobile app company Viber is offering free calls to any landline or mobile number between the United States and Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.The motivation is that those affected by Trump's ban on immigration from those countries "will now have one less barrier to cross when trying to reach their loved ones."

Starbucks CEO makes four pledges, including to hire 10,000 refugees

In an open letter to the coffee chain's partners, Howard Schultz pledged a number of actions, positioning these in response to "the Executive Order that President Trump issued on Friday, effectively banning people from several predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States, including refugees fleeing wars".The pledge that has received the most attention is to hire 10,000 refugees (among 65 million recognised by the UN) over the course of five years, in the 75 countries around the world where Starbucks does business.

Truly participatory? Boston introduces budgeting by the youths, for the youths

A first in the United States, Boston's annual participatory budgeting process centred around youths is now in its third year. Initiative Youth Lead the Change involves the city's (youth (aged 12 - 25) in phases of Boston's municipal decision-making processes, as committees of 'change agents'. It was started by former mayor Thomas Meninoin 2014.

Urban activists plan to transform Helsinki

A group of activist urban planners, collectively: Urban Helsinki, has come together to develop their own plans for the future urban form of Helsinki, as an alternative to the official city developers plans.Urban Helsinki's plan involves compact inner city development, built with the urbanite in mind.

Crowdfunded intercity train service launches in Germany

The Berlin start-up Locomore has the crowdfunded daily train service up and running. Its first journey was from Stuttgart to Berlin in December 2016. The tickets are less than one-fifth the fare of national service Deutsche Bahn.

BoKlok builds affordable homes for ordinary people

"BoKlok is a groundbreaking housing concept, developed by IKEA and Skanska. Together we build blocks of flats and terraced houses for people who want to live in a home of their own, but still have money left at the end of the month."The BoKlok concept - BoKlokBoKlok build blocks of flats and terraced houses for you who long for a new home, but still want to have money left at the end of the month.

Bureaucrazy: Syrian refugees build app to navigate German red tape

A group of six Syrian refugees in Berlin has built a mobile and web application called Bureaucrazy to help refugees get over the significant hurdle of paperwork.

Peckham Coal Line: a community plans for transformation

This article was first published in The Long View 2016. Please share your thoughts here and join the conversation on social media with #longview2016. We're a group of residents in Peckham, south-east London, who in a traditional sense have no right to i

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