CitizenLab https://www.citizenlab.co/blog Citizen participation made easy Thu, 28 May 2020 07:15:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 https://www.citizenlab.co/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/cropped-shield_logo-2-32x32.png CitizenLab https://www.citizenlab.co/blog 32 32 How to facilitate digital deliberation https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/civic-engagement/how-to-facilitate-digital-deliberation/ https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/civic-engagement/how-to-facilitate-digital-deliberation/#respond Wed, 27 May 2020 12:04:27 +0000 https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/?p=25657 The world has received a crash course in digital interaction and tools over the last couple of months. With social distancing as a catalyst for digital engagement, Civic Tech needs to invest in facilitating digital deliberation; a field that historically has not been its forte. But now is as good a time as any to change that! The deliberative wave Since multiple citizen assemblies contributed to solving complex policy issues, Civic Tech has been looking for ways to replicate these deliberative processes online. Deliberation is different from citizen participation as it aims to reach consensus by facilitating debate and discussion, […]

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Linz als Vorreiter in der digitalen Bürgerbeteiligung https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/civic-engagement/e-partizipation-linz/ https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/civic-engagement/e-partizipation-linz/#respond Tue, 26 May 2020 12:20:06 +0000 https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/?p=25751 Linz, mit 204,846 Einwohnern die dritt größte Stadt Österreichs, ist bekannt für die Barockarchitektur, Museen und elektronische Kunst… jetzt auch für die Aktivitäten im Bereich der digitalen Demokratie. Im Jahr 2019 startete die Stadt eine neue Beteiligungsplattform für BürgerInnen, um das öffentliche Engagement zu erhöhen und den BürgerInnen die Teilnahme an jedem Thema überall und jederzeit zu ermöglichen. Im Februar sind wir nach Linz geflogen, um das Team hinter der Plattform kennenzulernen: Ana Zuljevic, Projektmanagerin im Linzer Innovationshauptplatz, und Julia Widy von Huemer IT, einem Beratungsunternehmen, das mit der Stadt Linz an Projekten zur digitalen Transformation arbeitet. Wir sprachen über […]

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Monthly Civic Tech Must-reads #7 https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/civic-tech/monthly-civic-tech-must-reads-7/ https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/civic-tech/monthly-civic-tech-must-reads-7/#respond Mon, 25 May 2020 07:12:51 +0000 https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/?p=25614 As the pandemic evolves, we’re collectively breathing a careful sigh of relief. In some parts of the world, life as we know it is slowly but surely restarting.  The last few months—and the ones to come—will go down in history as a defining time. It’s hard to predict the future, but it’s likely that we’ll one day describe these realities as ‘before-COVID’ and ‘after-COVID’. The actions we decide to take now will lay the foundation for the way we live and work in the future. How will we move on from this? Will the post-COVID world (or, in the meantime, […]

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‘Slacktivism’: Legitimate Action or Just Lazy Liking? https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/civic-engagement/slacktivism/ https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/civic-engagement/slacktivism/#respond Wed, 20 May 2020 16:15:00 +0000 https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/?p=15394 It sounds like a contradictio in terminis, like ‘sound of silence’ or ‘sensible Twitter debate’. But ‘slacktivism’, a contraction of ‘activism’ and uh, ‘slacking’, has become a widespread phenomenon that urges us to reflect on the nature of activism and participation.  In this article, we explore what slacktivism means, why it is often criticised, and why it can still be valuable. As the current coronavirus crisis has given rise to new low-effort initiatives that range from innocent to inappropriate, this article has been updated to include more recent and relevant examples of this phenomenon. Slacktivism: A Formal Introduction The United Nations […]

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“The power of citizen initiatives is that they work at all levels.” – an interview with Elisa Lironi https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/civic-engagement/the-power-of-citizen-initiatives-is-that-they-work-at-all-levels-an-interview-with-elisa-lironi/ https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/civic-engagement/the-power-of-citizen-initiatives-is-that-they-work-at-all-levels-an-interview-with-elisa-lironi/#respond Mon, 11 May 2020 13:21:49 +0000 https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/?p=25477 This interview is part of a series of 12 expert interviews on the future of digital democracy. You can read the full white paper with interviews here. Elisa Lironi is the Senior Manager European Democracy, working at the European Citizen Action Service (ECAS) since 2015. She develops and leads ECAS’ European Democracy focus area by implementing EU projects and research studies related to Digital Democracy, Online Disinformation and Populism. She is currently part of the team working with Secretariat-General of the European Commission on developing and implementing the European Citizens’ Initiative Forum. Her most recent publication is “Harnessing Digital Tools to […]

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Say hello to CitizenLab’s new team members! https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/announcements/say-hello-to-citizenlabs-new-team-members/ https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/announcements/say-hello-to-citizenlabs-new-team-members/#respond Thu, 07 May 2020 11:00:15 +0000 https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/?p=25375 Citizen participation continues to gain momentum across the globe. So naturally, our team grows accordingly. In the last few weeks, this enthusiastic bunch of young professionals and Civic Tech specialists joined our mission to shape and strengthen the relationships between citizens and their governments. Who are they? What drives them? And what is it about Civic Tech and digital democracy that appeals to them? Meet Lora, Dylan, Nelise, Jeroen, Sören, and Alice — from their home offices, of course! Lora Botev, Business Developer UK 🇬🇧 What did you do before you arrived at CitizenLab? “I was based in Boston (MA) for […]

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The online town hall meeting: democratic innovation after the coronavirus https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/civic-tech/the-online-town-hall-meeting-democratic-innovation-after-the-coronavirus/ https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/civic-tech/the-online-town-hall-meeting-democratic-innovation-after-the-coronavirus/#respond Tue, 28 Apr 2020 16:49:39 +0000 https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/?p=25268 April 22, 2020. Belgium is entering its 34th day of lockdown (or is it 36th? Honestly, we’ve lost count). The CitizenLab team has now been working remotely for more than a month. We all watched bewildered as countries suddenly shut down one after the other, often with dramatic impact on their economies – but what was at first a jump into the unknown has now become a new kind of normal. Faced with stringent isolation measures, companies all around the world have been forced to reinvent the way they work and to go digital-first.  Governments, of course, have not been […]

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Monthly Civic Tech must-reads #6 https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/civic-tech/monthly-civic-tech-must-reads-6/ https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/civic-tech/monthly-civic-tech-must-reads-6/#respond Mon, 27 Apr 2020 12:29:14 +0000 https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/?p=25210 These are unprecedented times. The high-speed train of modern life has come to a grinding halt, and we’re all trying to grapple with this new reality. COVID-19 has drastically changed the way we work and live. Most of us are working from home, shifting bigger parts of our lives into the online realm. But the virus has also redrawn the interaction between tech and democracy, the roles of our governments, and the way we exist in this world as citizens. Every month, we curate a list of interesting articles, reports, and opinion pieces from the fields of Civic Tech, GovTech, […]

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What’s the difference between deliberation and participation? https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/civic-engagement/whats-the-difference-between-deliberative-and-participatory-democracy/ https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/civic-engagement/whats-the-difference-between-deliberative-and-participatory-democracy/#respond Mon, 27 Apr 2020 08:00:00 +0000 https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/?p=17339 Deliberation and participation may seem like similar concepts. At their core, they kind of are: both deliberative and participatory democracies are systems that include citizens in governance. In both deliberative and participatory democracies, citizens play the starring role. And in both systems, citizens are empowered to let their voices be heard and weigh in on the way their community is governed. Still, participation and deliberation are not the same, and the terms shouldn’t be used interchangeably. In short, we can state that while participation focuses on empowering citizens to take action, deliberation focuses on discussion and debate between citizens and […]

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Pioneers #1: Audrey Tang, Taiwan’s Digital Minister https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/civic-engagement/pioneers-1-audrey-tang-taiwans-digital-minister/ https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/civic-engagement/pioneers-1-audrey-tang-taiwans-digital-minister/#respond Mon, 20 Apr 2020 07:27:00 +0000 https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/?p=23406 Born in 1981 in Taiwan, Audrey Tang has made waves as a software programmer and civic hacker-turned-Digital Minister. She’s young, transgender, a self-proclaimed anarchist, and often described as one of the “ten greats of Taiwanese computing personalities.” As the current Digital Minister of Taiwan, she ended up joining the government she started out challenging. But only because they backed her up, first. She’s the perfect first candidate for our first edition of Pioneers. This series shines a light on key people from the realm of digital democracy. How it all started In the spring of 2014, Taiwan was rocked by […]

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