A modest population of 3,500 people with a budget under strain. Sound familiar?
The small town of Jun, Spain started running most public communications through Twitter in 2011, which not only resulted in a reduction of 13%, or around $380,000, of the local budget each year since, but has also encouraged greater accountability, transparency, and efficient access to public services.
Need to see the local doctor? Send a quick Twitter message to book an appointment. See something suspicious? Let Jun’s policeman know with a tweet. People in Jun can still use traditional methods, like completing forms at the town hall, to obtain public services. But through the use of Twitter, they have created a digital democracy where residents interact online almost daily with town officials. How might this tech solution help your town address abandoned buildings?