Places as platforms for civic collaboration By Joost Beunderman, co-founder of Civic Systems Lab Over the past few years, we have come to an increasing understanding of how of a new type of organisational logic is changing the way we can do things right across society. Platform thinking is changing everything. While many are now familiar with smartphones as a platform for apps or with online crowdfunding platforms, the potential of platform thinking goes much further – for example, into the heart what we used to call ‘regeneration.’ What characterises a lot of successful new initiatives (some of which we documented a few years in our Compendium for the Civic Economy) is how they manage to invite wide and open-ended participation, leading to often unpredictable multiple outcomes. This is a fundamental shift from the current discourse on co-production or volunteering. It transcends them, making people true collaborators and supporting them … (To read the full article, subscribe below)