What is Whatif?

Whatif is a digital tool designed to promote urban participatory and collective creativity processes facilitating consultation, exploration and visualization tasks of a great variety of data.
It’s a web and mobile application designed for geolocated message publishing: users write their ideas, opinions or proposals in 140 characters and classify them by category and location so that they can be viewed, rated and shared in real time.
Here you can download for free the file that contains the application —as a _WordPress theme— and read the installation instructions for both web and mobile versions.
The open design and flexibility of the Whatif tool allow its implementation in different contexts and scales in which you may want to include a participatory process
What can you use it for?
■ In physical interventions, such as in an urban areas or public buildings, as a tool that helps define the project and integrate it into their socio-urban context.
■ Traking quality and customer satisfaction in different areas and projects.
■ As a way of identifying opportunities or problems in urban and territory in general.
With Whatif you can achieve: direct civic expression / instant visibility / public interaction / social contextualization of projects / citizen feedback / comments or answers to your interests / identifying needs, aspirations and opportunities / optimization of processes and resources / dinamize social environments / generating links and creating communities / promoting collective creativity / …


What can you do with it?

The application is open source. It has been designed and developed by Ecosistema Urbano and then released under GNU GPL license, which means that:

■ You can download, install and use it freely for developing your own projects.
■ You can study how it’s done and modify it to suit your needs.
■ You can copy and distribute it freely.
■ You can improve it and publish those improvements under the same terms of license to benefit the entire community.

What else do we offer?
Although the tool is fully functional and easy to install and use, at Ecosistema Urbano | Social Toolbox we have the experience and resources needed in order to provide you with a range of additional services: 

Technical assistance for installation and launching:
If you need help with installation we can give you advice or do it for you.
Modification and adaptation of the application:
You decide wether to add, remove or change something in the tool to adapt it to your needs, and we will help you implement it.
Development of a custom application
If you have a completely different idea of ​​how you want your web application to be, we’ll design it for you, even from scratch.
Integral or modular project development
If you want to perform a more complex participatory project related to the use of this tool (participation and collective creativity workshops, creation of broadcasting channels and user communities, proposals over the physical implementation of the results…), we can offer, in addition to the above services, the knowledge, tools and methods needed to successfully develop in all its phases.

How is Whatif being used?
The possibilities of customization of Whatif are unlimited, as are the opportunities of improving the creativity of citizens and the urban conditions of any city. In this section we will be linking to different projects that where made with help of the Whatif WordPress Theme. For now you can see them on the right sidebar →

If you want more information about the project, if you have used Whatif in your own project and want it to be showcased here, if you have coded some improvements that you want to share, if you want us to help you to implement this tool —or another one— in any participatory urban design process, or for any other reason, you can contact us at the following e-mail address:


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