What is Pusula / Ππούσουλας?
Pusula / Ππούσουλας is part of the Economic Analysis Programme for Growth and Sustainable Development which is funded through the European Union’s aid regulation “Council Regulation (EC) No. 389/2006” of 27 February 2006. Pusula / Ππούσουλας is tailored for Cyprus in collaboration with CONSUL; the Mind, Behavior, and Development Unit (eMBeD) of the World Bank; and the Centre for Sustainable Peace and Democratic Development (SeeD).
Pusula / Ππούσουλας is a digital civic engagement platform that connects people with each other and public decision makers for a better Cyprus. Pusula / Ππούσουλας aims to empower people to interact, share ideas and decide jointly on how to solve societal problems at the neighborhood, village, city or island-wide level. Pusula / Ππούσουλας can also be used for supporting the reconciliation process and promoting inclusivity of the Cyprus peace process by improving the conversation between leaders and their teams by providing timely inputs about public opinion.
Our aim is to increase transparency and trust across the communities as well as between people and the public decision makers by fostering meaningful interaction and collaborations within the societies. Pusula / Ππούσουλας (“compass” in the Cypriot dialects) builds on an open-source software, (http://consulproject.org), used by 130 institutions and 90 million people globally. By providing an online space for sharing ideas and voting for the best ones, Pusula / Ππούσουλας allows people to offer their solutions to every-day problems.
Why is Pusula / Ππούσουλας different than other online media platforms?
Making ideas become reality: The idea that receives the highest number of votes during the Voting Stage will become reality.
Transparency: Everything shared on the Platform is available online and publicly accessible. This allows public decision makers and other stakeholders (such as investors, NGOs, activists among others) to see the people’s priorities and solutions.
Geography and language: The Platform offers automatic language translation in English, Greek and Turkish. People can, therefore, share their ideas in their native language and communicate instantly without any language barriers. Users can digitally submit, view and comment on ideas and share them on their social media networks, regardless of their physical location.
How will Pusula / Ππούσουλας achieve positive social change?
Things to keep in mind:
1) Pusula / Ππούσουλας is solely an intermediary to ensure sustainability, scalability, quality of implementation, and timely delivery. In sum, neither the ideator of the winning idea nor our team is directly involved in the implementation process. Regular updates regarding the implementation process are announced through the Platform and social media.
2) Pusula / Ππούσουλας does not offer grants/ prize/ funding to individuals or organizations; it provides a solid opportunity to get ideas implemented, going above and beyond individual benefits.
3) By sharing your ideas, you will have the opportunity to improve daily life for everyone in Cyprus (including yours!) and you will be acknowledged for your great idea(s).
Who are we?
Pusula / Ππούσουλας is an EU-funded project. It is part of the Economic Analysis Programme for Growth and Sustainable Development which is funded through the European Union’s aid regulation “Council Regulation (EC) No. 389/2006” of 27 February 2006.
Pusula/Ππούσουλας is tailored for Cyprus in collaboration with CONSUL; the Mind, Behavior, and Development Unit (eMBeD) of the World Bank; and the Centre for Sustainable Peace and Democratic Development (SeeD).
The Mind, Behavior, and Development Unit (eMBeD), the World Bank’s behavioral science team, works closely with project teams, governments, and other partners to diagnose, design, and evaluate behaviorally informed interventions. By collaborating with a worldwide network of scientists and practitioners, the eMBeD team provides answers to important economic and social questions, and contributes to the global effort to eliminate poverty and increase equity.
Centre for Sustainable Peace and Democratic Development (SeeD) works with international development organisations, governments and civil society leaders to design and implement evidence-based strategies for sustaining peace. SeeD’s work contributes to the global debate on peace and development and their results help partners to promote the Sustainable Development Goals for building peaceful societies, empowering women and youth and improving citizens’ connectedness in urban spaces.