Problem Solving Must-Reads: Crowdsourcing Juries

Plus: McDonald's franchisee goes cage-free and Habitat III sets up cities for the next 20 years.

Problem Solving Must-Reads: Crowdsourcing Juries

Plus: McDonald's franchisee goes cage-free and Habitat III sets up cities for the next 20 years.

Here at The Citizen, we do problem-solving journalism, looking for ideas and solutions to move the region forward and make a better city. Here are some other great ideas for solving the world’s problems, from media outlets around the globe:

U.N.'s Habitat III Summit Aims for Sustainable Urban Development

Photo: City Lab

More than 30,000 mayors, ministers, policymakers and urban designers are in Ecuador to talk about solutions for a rapidly urbanizing world. All of these leaders are gathered there for Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development. This conference takes place every 20 years and is focused around the New Urban Agenda, a 23-page document that shows policies and innovations that will shape cities for the following 20 years. Major social issues in cities are addressed in the agenda, with 175 commitments to sustainable development in cities. At the end of the four-day summit, the 193 member states will sign off and adopt the agenda. (via City Lab)

The World’s Largest McDonald’s Franchisee Is Going Totally Cage-Free

By 2025, McDonald’s largest franchisee has promised that it will serve exclusively cafe-free eggs, impacting the well-being of millions of chickens across the country. Caged hens are referred to as “the most closely confined, overcrowded and generally miserable” animals in America. The franchisee’s new policy was created in conjunction with Humane Society International and reflects a growing international effort to secure cage-free commitments for food providers throughout the world. (via Huffington Post)

Crowdsourcing Jury Trials to Create a More Just Judicial System

Photo: Fast CoExist

The solution to a lagging traditional justice system could be virtual juries. A Buenos Aires developer thinks his app, Crowdjury, could help simplify legal quandaries and eliminate countless hours of work by lawyers and judges, as well as endless amounts of tree-killing paper. Crowdjury works by appointing expert jurors randomly to cases and paying them crypto-currency for their efforts. Parties can send in all of their relevant evidence through the site and an algorithm will search for people with expertise in the subject matter. A 10-person jury would convene online and review the evidence for a set period of time and then send in their votes. The decision is sent once the jury reaches a decision, and the pre-arranged settlement is delivered automatically. (via Fast CoExist)

Photo header via Fast CoExist

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