London, May 10, 2017– The Royal Society of Arts (RSA) has launched a new initiative to galvanise the population and create a more democratic debate on economics. To give people a forum in which they can express their thoughts, RSA is using an ‘ideas platform’ by Wazoku, the crowdsourcing company, which can be easily accessed online.
The RSA’s Citizens’ Economic Council is a programme that aims to spark broader public discussion about the goals and priorities of economic policy and the future of the UK economy. Overseen by an independent advisory group, the programme is using the Wazoku platform to gather ideas and opinions to help people from all walks of life, anywhere in the country, to participate in the conversation.
“The erosion of public trust in economics has created a democratic deficit. This places an onus on institutions that take decisions or influence economic policies – whether they are companies, government bodies or charities like ourselves, to engage more meaningfully with citizens on the kind of economics they would like to see,” said Reema Patel, Programme Manager of the Citizens’ Economic Council at the RSA.
The RSA is a 265-year-old organisation that believes anyone from any walk of life can have ideas that change the world for the better.
“Democracy is more than just a vote, and civic technology has enormous potential to empower both citizens and institutions to renew democracy. The RSA’s use of the Wazoku crowdsourcing platform seeks to encourage a greater diversity of voices to influence economics, inviting practical solutions to some of the pressing economic problems that the RSA Citizens’ Economic Council, our group of 50-60 ordinary citizens deliberating about the economy, have identified.”
Wazoku has been supporting the RSA Citizens’ Economic Council since it started its two-year programme in June 2016. The latest challenge, which focuses on how institutions can involve, collaborate with and empower citizens in decisions about the economy, is running now and the results will be used to help the council influence the new elected government following the general election on June 8th.
“This is a fantastic example of how ideas can be drawn easily through crowdsourcing from a wide group of disparate people on vital issues that could affect our future,” said Simon Hill, CEO at Wazoku. “Our platform can be adapted for many different uses, but at its core it allows people and organisations to source, manage and distil ideas to enhance their initiatives, and we are excited to see the outcome of the latest RSA Citizens’ Economic Council Challenge.”