We are launching a new crowdsourcing platform to ask RSA Fellows and the public for their views and ideas on tackling some of the most vital challenges in our economy.
We all contribute to the economy every day – at work, on the high street, online and in our homes. But many of us don’t feel able to express our views on the economy, how it works for us, or how it should be able to work for us.
The big decisions about the economy that affect our spending, taxes, livelihoods and access to services are usually made for us by experts, and the rest of us have little say. We want to change that.
Because fundamentally economics is not about finding a set of right answers or mastering concepts that only economists can understand. Economics is about human relationships, values and judgements – which can and should involve everyone. The RSA believes ordinary citizens should have a say in economic policymaking.
A richer conversation about values and searching for new ideas
We want to kickstart a richer conversation about the economy - one that engages with a wide range of values and perspectives. That’s why we have created the RSA Citizens’ Economic Council – a group of citizens who are gathering together to understand more about economics, and to co-create policy ideas and an economic charter with policymakers and economists.
Our citizens have already thrown up some interesting questions from their first meeting about markets.
We are now launching a new online crowdsourcing platform (powered by Wazoku) to see what you think!
Crowdsourcing your ideas
Check out our first crowdsourcing challenge on markets:
Whether you have a great idea yourself or want to offer comment or feedback on other ideas, find out more about the platform and register for free:
You can submit your ideas now! The first challenge closes 10th April 2017.
Why are we crowdsourcing? We are looking to understand two things –
- What your views are on certain economic issues (recognising that these views can be very different – with contested territory where a conversation about values and trade-offs is vital)
- How you think we can solve certain social and economic problems that prove a tough nut to crack.
Ther will be 2 more challenges to come over the next two months. Each challenge concerns a vital area of our economy. The themes we are covering:
- Markets: we will ask for your views and ideas on how markets and the exchange of value in an economy can best work for everyone. (check out the Markets challenge)
- Work: we will ask for your views and ideas on how work can support people to have greater agency, freedom and flexibility.
- Economic Institutions: we will ask for your views and ideas on how we can rebuild trust in economic institutions and bridge a widening gap between citizens and economic institutions (for example, politicians, government, the Bank of England).
What ideas are we looking for?
We will be seeking submissions specifically in relation to the UK economy. However, if you are based globally, and can draw upon experiences elsewhere in the world that can help strengthen U.K economic policy, we would welcome hearing from you.
Simple or complex, all ideas are welcome! Once submitted other registered members on the platform will be able to comment on ideas and offer feedback and suggestions.
The RSA and project partners (including a panel of citizen councillors and advisory group members) will then review each submission to establish the feasibility, creativity and positive social impact of your proposals.
The best ideas will be shortlisted and showcased as part of the final report launch of the Citizens' Economic Council.
When can I share my ideas?
The first challenge on Markets is now live! It will remain open until 10th April 2017.
We can't wait to see what ideas you come up with!
View the first challenge:
Find out more about the RSA Citizens' Economic Council
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