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Location: Jasna 10/200, Warsaw, Poland Poland
Founded in: 2015
Stage: Not for profit
Number of employees: 6-15
Short URL: vator.co/civilhub
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CivilHub

Startup/business
Warsaw, Poland Poland
http://civilhub.org
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Company description

CivilHub is an open-source platform designed for local civic collaboration. Everyone can submit an idea on what needs changing. The users of the portal can vote and check who voted how, each person appears under his/her real name.

In our opinion, we lack a place that integrates citizen activities. Portals with local news are plentiful but there is none where people could submit their ideas and transform them into social projects. CivilHub is an innovative tool that brings social communication and collaboration onto a higher level.

The platform is all about the users and their cooperation. For example, a user may create a new place e.g. a neighborhood or a town and collaborate with his/her neighbours. Within such a place, there is the possibility to add ideas, news, discussions, polls, projects, galleries and guides (a wikipedia with articles).

During content creation, each type of content can be pinned on a multi-element map. For example, if we create an idea about something that needs changing in a city we can point it on a map so that it is easier for other people to find (from the map level). The map is interactive and can be zoomed in or out, when viewing the map from a farther distance points cluster up so it is easier to see the whole activity of a given place. The map has also a system of filters that allows the user to see the type of content he/she wants to see.

The main focus of CivilHub are ideas and their implementation into real life. The natural process of such an implementation starts with an idea. A good idea that gets enough social support is transformed into a project. Within a project, people divide tasks among themselves with the use of our advanced tool for project creation. At this stage the project may get support from the official local authorities or non-governmental organizations (there is a special place and role for those organizations in CivilHub). An example of such a project on a local scale, may be a construction of a playground or in terms of the whole country a change in the law itself.

To facilitate law changes we have implemented a system for bill drafting where a team of people write a document. This draft can be written simultaneously by any number of people, has version control (i.e. each version of the document is save, all changes can be reverted and compared) and can be exported to a pdf or a doc. Such bill drafts can be aided by lawyers who can check the bill and its compliance with the law. After the bill is finished we can proceed to the next step, that is, to gather signatures. This can be done by printing signature lists and putting them on display in local shops and firms. The portal allows for such places to be marked on the map so that people can go there and sign the list.

While ideas and projects are the most important part of CivilHub the portal also allows users to integrate through the use of discussions, news, polls, our gallery or our message system. Sharing information enables citizens to see existing problems and to find a common solution to them.

The world needs a portal that will combine tools for project management with CrowdSourcing and a social media portal. Many organizations and analysts write articles about the need of bringing democracy and social participation onto a higher level, however, we still lack one large, global portal. In the UK, Fixmystreet works perfectly fine, in the US there is Nextdoor, but it only works for closed neighborhoods and it only allows for communication.

CivilHub combines a social media portal with the ability to add, vote and implement ideas into real life. If we e.g. want to construct a playground, then everyone can help in the project by completing small tasks. When in a group for 100, we can construct a playground only by ourselves. Within CivilHub there is also the possibility to create whole documents, because we believe that citizens can create law drafts together, directly within CivilHub.


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