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  • Writer's pictureDoug Liles

The Power of the Crowd: Leveraging Community Data to Drive Change

Imagine if you could tap into the knowledge and observations of your entire community to identify local problems and drive solutions. That's the idea behind Town Oracle - a platform that incentivizes and rewards local residents for contributing data about their neighborhoods.

Town Oracle uses blockchain technology to reward data contributions with digital tokens. These tokens can then be exchanged for real-world rewards like discounts at local businesses, tickets to community events, and more. This creates an engaging way for community members to share their local insights.

Some examples of the valuable hyperlocal data people can submit through Town Oracle include:

  • Reporting infrastructure issues like potholes, graffiti, or dangerous intersections.

  • Monitoring pollution levels in air and waterways.

  • Sharing information about disease outbreaks, safety concerns, or insufficient services.

  • Posting upcoming community events and happenings.

  • Surveying people's perceptions, opinions, and satisfaction with local policies.

This community-sourced data provides insights that would be difficult or expensive to gather through traditional methods. The crowd-based model allows data to be collected in higher frequency, scope, and geographic spread.

By shining a light on local issues through citizen data, Town Oracle aims to help municipalities run more efficiently, businesses better serve community needs, and residents feel empowered to get involved. The incentives make contributing fun while creating positive change.

Town Oracle already has successful pilot programs under its belt in cities like Santa Fe, Syracuse, and Anchorage, where local data has informed everything from parking policies to public health investments. The Town Oracle app and web platform make submitting photos, sensor data, surveys and more simple and accessible.

As Town Oracle expands to new cities, it provides an exciting model for how decentralized community action can drive solutions. So the next time you notice a local problem or have an idea to improve your neighborhood, open up the Town Oracle app and make your voice heard. Your contribution can go a long way!


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