|Crowdsourced off-road traffic law experiment in Finland. Report about idea crowd sourcing and evaluation|
Children learn by observing, imitating, experimenting and doing. Societies could learn from children. We can complement and hopefully replace arduous and bureaucratic processes with piloting and demonstrating promising ideas. We can think big, start small, fail quickly and scale fast. That in mind the Committee for the Future launched a pilot project on crowdsourcing legislation. We were intrigued and inspired by various international examples - not least by the famous experiment to crowdsource the Icelandic constitution (which, incidentally, failed). We wanted to do something useful and unique. That is why we coupled with the Ministry of the Environment to crowdsource a bill on off-road traffic. To our knowledge, this was one of the first times a draft bill had been opened up for crowdsourcing at this stage and to this extent. The report you are reading is a partial account of what we did and what happened. It also provides, to some extent, lessons learnt and tips for people interested in applying crowdsourcing for democracy.