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The hero of our story is Sonja. She works at the climate team in the city of Helsinki administration. Helsinki has recently adopted a very ambitious climate action plan that covers all sectors of the city administration. Sonja was given the task to ensure that the action plan will be implemented as planned.
This is a huge task, as there are 147 distinct actions and there is very little resources for coordination. Sonja decides to join forces with the open source and open data community in Finland. She organises an open coding project where an action plan tool is developed. The tool helps to monitor all actions and their progress on a detailed level, including indicators and impact models for estimating past and future progress.
Everything is open source code, and all tools are openly available online for the whole city administration but also for all interested citizens. Citizens are also encouraged to develop and commit to their own climate actions. Sonja promotes the use of the tool within the city administration. Most of the people who see the tool are amazed about how useful and user-friendly it is.
However, the current participation tools are not good enough for the collaboration Sonja has imagined. She talks with people from Open Knowledge Finland, and they develop an idea of a new discussion tool that uses a method called knowledge crystals. The basic idea is that discussions are organised to hierarchical threads based on which argument attacks or defends which. Sonja sends two of her friends to Wikimania hackathon in Stockholm to talk with people and develop these ideas.
The friends get help from several great wikipedians, and they build a prototype based on Wikibase software. In two days they have a working demo, which also has a decent graphical user interface. It is even possible to add and edit arguments. A hope is that this new commenting approach will invite people to write more thoughtful comments and spend less words to do that.
The punchline: Everyone can be heard.
Goals of the story: Make people believe that
Question: How to manage climate action process?