Setting up an inclusive participation project is easier said than done. Luckily, there are a few things that’ll get you on the right track in no time. For more advice on inclusivity, download our full guide here. Digital participation is inclusive when you reach every group in your community (irrespective...Read Article
Civic tech is now everywhere. Technological innovations have invaded the democratic field, and these tools are in the process of reinventing the way local governments interact with their citizens. From participatory budgeting platforms to idea collection, civic tech is now part of the daily life of many cities across the...Read Article
The Flemish city of Leuven (101,000 inhabitants) has made the leap towards citizen participation! During this first project on the city’s strategic planning, over 3,000 inhabitants raised their voices. In June 2019, the city council launched its first large-scale participation campaign under the slogan “Leuven, maak het mee” (a play...Read Article
The enthusiasm for citizen participation is reflected by the growing number of consultation initiatives being carried out by local governments across the world. Of course, budgets vary from one municipality to the other and projects are limited by the resources, time or skills available within the administration. However, the will...Read Article
The launch of a participation platform can have a decisive influence on the rest of the project, but it’s often overlooked for lack of time or resources. In order to reach as many citizens as possible and reflect a wide array of voices within your community, digital platforms need to...Read Article
Youth for Climate used CitizenLab’s NLP technology to turn thousands of citizen contributions into concise and actionable insights. Here’s what we learned from analysing over 1,700 ideas. On August 20, a 15 year old Swedish climate activist called Greta Thurnberg sat down in front of the Swedish government with a...Read Article
Natural Language Processing at CitizenLab: how machine learning can transform citizen engagement projects.
This article has been written in close collaboration with the NLP experts at NLP Town, who supported us through our own NLP journey. Will robots take over the world? Probably not. However, NLP (or Natural Language Processing) already has. In recent years, a technology that was hesitant at best has...Read Article