The island of Gran Canaria assumes, given the times in which it lives, the challenge of creating and promoting new ways of innovation for the generation of public policies and spaces for citizen collaboration. An example of this is its platform Participa Gran Canaria, a digital participation platform for the opening of new channels for debate, proposals and citizen decision-making.
Participation is the open will to be part of the construction and management of a common resource, but also an opportunity for the exchange of knowledge, experiences and knowledge. An anomaly in the current relationship contexts for co-learning. A possibility generated in a common way to imagine collectively.
This document is written with the aim of setting the main ideas, needs, challenges, opportunities and/or improvements that emerged during a day of workshops focused on the co-diagnosis and the promotion of the Participa Gran Canaria platform, within the framework of the last Glocal Camp event organized and coordinated by the international network CivicWise.
The document, far from presenting closed solutions, aims to present the diversity of concerns, the multiplicity of challenges and the immensity of opportunities that could be heard, seen and built during the aforementioned open working day, together with neighbors, neighbors and technicians of the public administration last April 6, 2018.
It is not therefore a simple presentation of results or the completion of a process, but the generation of one more piece that enables the continuity and improvement of the Participa GC platform within the complex and long road ahead.
The annual and itinerant meeting CivicWise community use to meet and work together for a few days.
Begining in may 2016 in Paris, CivicWise community had developed six editions of Glocal Camp:
1st Paris, France
2nd Valencia, Spain
3rd L’Hospitalet, Spain
4th Canary Island, Spain
5th Modena, Italy
6th Ariège, France / Madrid, Spain (Online Edition)
Mestura is a public framework of municipality collaboration that provides the necessary conditions for the development and community strengthening of Puerto del Rosario (Fuerteventura) through 4 key areas: (1) the empowerment of communities, (2) the promotion and accompaniment of community projects, (3) the activation of a network of public infrastructures as spaces for social, urban and rural transformation and (4) the creation of mechanisms for sharing resources. These 4 areas make up the “Mestura Ecosystem”.
The creation of this Ecosystem has 5 purposes or strategic lines:
- Create a common work infrastructure, digital and face-to-face, to provide citizens with tools for social and urban transformation.
- Promote networking of local communities to generate participatory culture, entrepreneurship networks and mutual support in the municipality of Puerto del Rosario.
- Encourage the collaborative construction of the territory to generate roots and a sense of belonging.
- Strengthen the public-social relationship to facilitate self-management and autonomy of the associative fabric and the ecosystem of active agents in the municipality.
- Develop public innovation actions to involve the administration in the social transformation of the island territory.
How Mestura helps you: GET TO KNOW the map of community initiatives to find out who is working on topics and projects of your interest and where to find them. CONNECT with your neighbors in the neighborhood centers or through different forums of communication and debate. ORGANIZE or attend in-person or digital events and activities through the common agenda. COLLABORATES with other people to promote initiatives or achieve common goals. LEVERAGE and exchange resources and knowledge with the Mestura community to accelerate your community projects.
A context where we learn to organize ourselves collectively to help each other, take care of each other and have greater capacity for action and decision on our environment.