Hyvä kasvaa Järvenpäässä (freely translated Good Things Grow in Järvenpää), is a citizens’ movement with a goal to make the city of Järvenpää in Finland a more beautiful place to live in. This all started because a group of people was tired of only complaining about how bad and ugly everything is looking. Instead of complaining they wanted to do something concrete about their own living environment.
Marja Nousiainen, one of the founders and activists in the movement tells us on the video how they are using free online tools to organize the action, inspire the participants and make their work more visible to the authorities and fellow citizens. She says that using the new technology is not a question of age but a question of will. When people see how the online applications make active citizens’ lives easier, they are willing to learn to use them.
(Click the text box in the bottom right corner of the video screen to see the English subtitles)