The aim of participatory budgeting is to increase the possibilities of citizens for direct impact and for the City to also benefit from the expertise of citizens in the development of our common city. Pentagon Design’s experts helped the team responsible for participatory budgeting – including the team managers, interaction designer and the seven borough liasons – to develop the process of participatory budgeting, the participatory methods and tools, the co-creation phase and the OmaStadi Raksa co-creation events for residenst, and also to hands-on facilitate the multistakeholder development process and the OmaStadiRaksat.
The development, concepting and design work started in the fall of 2018 with Design Jam – sprints and co-creation workshops that brought together City’s experts and officials with residents. The sprints and workshops gave input for designing the process and tools so that the needs and viewpoints of both residents as well as the City’s officials were included. The process and tools, including the OmaStadi Raksa co-creation canvases and workbooks – one designed especially for residents and one for City’s experts and officials – were tailored from scratch and based on strategic design,the approaches of deliberative democracy and decentralized decision making and specifically on co-creation that brought together a diverse group of stakeholders and participants.
The participatory budgeting in Helsinki aims to increase the agency and sense of communality of residents; advance deliberative democracy, dialogue between residenst and the City as well as the transparency of the City organizations; and of course help the City of Helsinki become the most functional city in the world.
The OmaStadi Raksa events were a welcomed and succesfull experience for both residents as well as for the City officials and experts, and clearly advanced the impact objectives set for OmaStadi.
The first phase of OmaStadi resulted in 1261 city changing ideas that were further honed and combined together with similar ideas during the co-creation phase and OmaStadi Raksa events to form the final 296 proposals, ready for the voting phase. The proposals of the first OmaStadi round of 2018-2019 that scored most of the votes have partly already been and are currently realised by the City. The second round of OmaStadi kickstarted during the fall of 2020 and will be advancing once again resident-driven change in Helsinki towards the most functional City in the world.
Strategic design and inclusive co-creation help to innovate new, impact creative participatory models and tools that advance the collaboration between citizens and the City.
- 1261 city changing ideas
- 296 proposals for voting
- Budget of 4,4, million euros
”According to our review, the co-creation phase and OmaStadi Raksa events were evaluated to be highly successful by the City officials and experts as well as the residents that took part in the events. ”
The review report of Helsinki City’s participatory budgeting – OmaStadi 2018 – 2020