COLDIGIT Helsinki Symposium 20.9.

COLDIGIT Helsinki Symposium, 20.9.2023 – Open for everyone!


In the seminar we delve into the following themes:

Demystifying Collective Intelligence: What is the potential use of collective intelligence for the public sector?

Using Digital Tools to Amplify Participation: How  to best utilize digital tools to enhance the quality and reach of dialogue and deliberation?

Shared Landscapes of Democracy: How to draw insights from the municipal experiences and collaborative visions in the Nordics?

Everyone is more than welcome to the Symposium!

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Evaluation & Innovation: The Future of Citizen Participation in an international perspective (SITRA Finnish Innovation Fund, Itämerenkatu 11–13, Juhlasali, 2. floor)

9.00–9.10  Welcome

9.10–9.30     Joonas Leppänen & Sanna-Kaisa Saloranta (SITRA) Empowering Citizen Participation through Digital Platforms: The Finnish Polis Platform Case Study

9.30–9.50    Mikko Rask & Bokyong Shin (University of Helsinki) Elevated Analytics: The Co-creation Radar’s Approach to Evaluating Participation

9.50–10.10 Peter Baeck & Christopher Edgar (Nesta) COLDIGIT Policy recommendations to Strengthen Democracy in the Nordics

10.10–10.30                   Break

International Perspectives on Citizen Participation

10.30-10.40                  Hanne Sørheim-Rensvik & Heidi Therese                                        Hansen (KS – The Norwegian Association of                                        Local and Regional Authorities)

10.40–11.00                  Itir Akdoğan (TESEV Istanbul)

11.00–11.20                  Jang-wook Lee (Gyenggi Research Institute                                          South Korea, Seoul)

11.20–11.40                  Zakia Elvang (We Do Democracy,                                                        Copenhagen)

11.40–12.00                  Discussion and conclusions


Data & Dialogue: Navigating the Shift to Collective Intelligence in the Public Sector (Tiedekulma / Think Corner, Think Lounge, 2nd floor (Yliopistonkatu 4, Helsinki)


14.00–14.05                  Welcome & Overview

14.05–15.00                  Collective Keynote & Project Results:

A deep dive into the outcomes of the research on collective intelligence in the public sector with representatives from the project partners University of Helsinki, SINTEF (Trondheim), Nesta (London) Digidem (Gothenburg) and University of Gothenburg

15.00–15.20                  Break and refreshments

15.20–16.00                  Round Table Discussion:

Opportunities and challenges of digitalization in bolstering citizen participation, with insights from Finnish municipalities and international  peers.  Itır Akdoğan (TESEV, Istanbul), Jang-wook Lee (Gyeonggi Research Institute, Seoul), Zakia Elvang, (We Do Democracy,        Copenhagen), Kirsi Verkka (City of Helsinki)

16.00–16.45                  World Café and Demonstration:

Interactive session showcasing digital applications and participatory approaches developed or utilized during the project. The format enables attendees to engage with the researchers and practitioners in small groups.

16.45–17.00 Looking Forward & Closing Remarks

Nordic municipalities are looking for effective strategies to strengthen and expand citizen participation. COLDIGIT is a multidisciplinary research project that has been harnessing these resources and approaches since 2020. We highlight how municipalities in the Nordics and globally are ensuring that participation is not just broader but also more meaningful.

Explore the dynamic world of citizen participation, drawing insights from international endeavors and innovations. From Finland’s advances in participatory policy, the UK’s pioneering experiments, Turkey’s in-depth community engagement, South Korea’s civic initiatives, to Denmark’s impactful contributions in European-level democracy development, this forum is designed to weave together the multifaceted threads of the best participatory practices. As we learn from these global innovations, tools such as the Co-creation Radar offer insights into strategies and approaches that can shape the future of participatory processes.