Wikipedia works because of the energetic voluteerism of a dedicated core of users. We can harness this same crowdsourced dedication in Kuwait to help improve our public spaces. Everyone has a camera-phone now, and most newer models have the ability of adding geotagging information on photographs they take. This means that every photo has the GPS coordinates of the location in which the photo was taken.
What if some government entity creates a website where people can upload photos they take of things they feel are broken or wrong, such as graffiti, broken lamps, potholes, whatever. These photos are uploaded to the website by a few people wanting to do good for their community. Not everyone has to do this, just as with Wikipedia where only a small fraction of the total users are actively editing and creating articles.
The website becomes a real time ‘to do’ list for the goverment. The people posting to it are the eyes on the ground that can direct the action that needs to take place. Mechanisms can be put in place whereby if a week goes by and a ‘to do’ isn’t fixed then a flag goes up and the person in charge of fixing it gets a penalty. All this needs is a few people to oversee the website and collate the data and send the alerts to the people that need to fix the problem; meaning a photo of a broken lamp would be forwarded to the sub-contractors in charge of fixing them.
The internet is a great way of connecting people together. I can be so much more than Facebook.