Cities are actually transforming their governmental, economic, social structures. In thiscomplexity, making right policies to guarantee the social justice and the quality of life is reallydifficult: there is not only a financial problems, in consequence of international crisis, but also arelational problem between people and local institutions. The public government can’t provide byitself to all the utilities and public services for the citizens, and, at the same time, people are losingconfidence in the institutions.In this critic context, planners should be the conjunction between people and government, applyinggood and effective participation methods. In this way, citizens could achieve the capacity tosuggest decisions, strategies, local interventions, and in some limited cases they also could supporteconomically their proposals through the civic crowdfunding. The value of this practice is not onlyfinancial: in this way we can improve the social cohesion, the sense of community, encouraging thebottom-up processes of requalification, increasing the social justice level. In this way, minoritiesare protected and the urban management is more democratic and inclusive.The role of planners and local governments is fundamental to coordinate and orientate the bottomupinitiatives: citizens’ actions could integrate the traditional planning instruments like theparticipatory budgeting. At last, a very significant contribute can be represented by the ICtechnologies: there are many crowdfunding web platforms, local or international, and some of thisare dedicated to civic projects.In this perspective, civic crowdfunding could be applied as a valid urban planning practice.
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|