A project that´s all about you
XOVATION is an exciting project that wants to develop new forms of dialog between you and the public sector in Karlshamn, Sweden. By capitalising on the internet, mobile phones and social media like Facebook and Twitter, that dialog can become faster, more interesting and, above all, much less formal.
The project is managed by NetPort.Karlshamn in cooperation with Blekinge Technical university, the Municipality of Karlshamn and the Emergency and Rescue Service of Western Blekinge. The Civic Office, the Commercial Office, the library, the Tourist Office and local businesses are some of the active participants in the project, and others are in the process of joining. The Regional Authority of Blekinge and the Structural Fund (i.e the EU) contribute to the funding.
Social networks are the key
XOVATION wants to capitalise on the strong emergence of various social networks – personal as well as professional – facilitated by advances in IT and communications. We see, for example, how Facebook can be an effective tool for communicating with co-workers, customers and citizens at large. Information, news, knowledge and experiences can be spread and exchanged – quickly and inexpensively.
Q&A forums, dialogs, webinars, blogs and interest communities are examples of social instruments available to citizens and local society for finding and sharing information. The result, hopefully, is a more democratic Karlshamn, with inhabitants that are more up to date, more engaged and more active – while sharing a stronger sense of belonging.
A more flexible allocation of roles
The social networks are critical for the development of new and improved municipal services. The traditional role allocation between citizens and public organizations can be made simpler, more flexible and easier to build on. And a culture och participation and co-creation can evolve over time – simply because the dialog becomes so simple, informal and inspirational.
The XOVATION vision is that 31,000 people will take part in creating and conveying services for 31,000 people.
Read more: www.x-ovation.se
Partners: Karlshamns kommun, Räddningstjänsten Västra Blekinge, Blekinge Tekniska Högskola
Financiers: Region Blekinge, Europeiska regionala strukturfonden