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International Recognition for 'Share an Idea'

Once again, Christchurch proves itself to be a world-leading innovator! The Christchurch City Council has been recognised with an international award for its Share an Idea campaign seeking community engagement campaign following the Christchurch earthquake in February.

The Share an Idea campaign, in which Christchurch locals were invited to contribute their views on how the central city of Christchurch should be redeveloped, was the ‘unanimous overall winner’ of this year’s Co-creation Award by the Netherlands-based Co-Creation Association.

Recognising and celebrating the most original and successful co-creation initiatives around the world, the Co-creation Award has never before been given to an initiative outside Europe, so it’s major kudos for Christchurch.

Mayor Bob Parker says it is great recognition of the work by Council in the months following the earthquake: “Share an Idea was designed not only to collect and process the best ideas from our people, it was also designed to replace our sense of powerlessness in the face of the earthquakes that shattered our city.”

“Our community's vision provided all of us with a vision that gave us a reason to have hope; hope for ourselves and our descendants that we would again have a city that would sustain us and our descendants in a way that the city we had just lost had done.”

The Share an Idea initiative was one of 49 projects nominated for this year’s awards. In the words of Chairman of the Jury Jaco van Zijll Langhout: “Share an Idea is an inspiring example of co-creation, which established co-creation with their community in several ways and at several moments in time: an online platform to post ideas, a Community Expo, workshops and roadshows, to develop the city centre together.”

“The response on this initiative was overwhelming: more than 106,000 ideas have been shared and more than 10,000 people visited the Expo. Next to developing the new city centre, the result of this co-creation is also a stronger community.”

Jaco van Zijll Langhout will visit New Zealand next month to present the award to Mayor Bob Parker.

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