"World loses faith in democracy": Worldwide, 57.5% of citizens in the nations studied (Jan 2020) indicated they were not satisfied. Back in 2005, that was just 38.7%.
Community involvement is about people and communities being able to play a full part in decision-making, for example local decision-making, and so influence the decisions which affect their lives. It is also about community empowerment, for example through access to appropriate information and adivce.
Proper community involvement is not tokenistic. Instead it is on-going, valued, meaningful, provides extensive opportunity and is genuinely and extensively influential.
Proper community involvement is not about allowing mere comment on decisions that have already largely been taken. Instead it begins at the design stage, the very beginning of any project or programme.
Proper community involvement does not include measures of success being foisted upon the community, or worse still simply being ignored. Instead it gives a primary role to the community in judging how successful a project or programme has been.
Community action projects[edit | edit source]
- create or develop Location, projects or networks pages, eg 'Sustainable (Your town)', in this wiki
- Participatory carbon budgeting
- Participatory budgeting
- Participatory or citizen journalism
- Street parties
- Local quality of life conferences
- Community involvement weeks
- Youth Fora
- promote and practice Open conference design
- advocate Open involvement
Coproduction[edit | edit source]
The co-production of public services has been defined in a variety of ways - e.g. "Co-production means delivering public services in an equal and reciprocal relationship between professionals, people using services, their families and their neighbours" (new economics foundation) or "the public sector and citizens making better use of each other's assets and resources to achieve better outcomes and improved efficiency" (Governance International).
Participatory budgeting[edit | edit source]
Main article: Participatory budgeting
Participatory budgeting (PB) is a process of democratic deliberation and decision-making, and a type of participatory democracy, in which ordinary people decide how to allocate part of a municipal or public budget. Participatory budgeting allows citizens to identify, discuss, and prioritize public spending projects, and gives them the power to make real decisions about how money is spent. When PB is taken seriously and is based on mutual trust local governments and citizen can benefit equally. In some cases PB even raised people's willingness to pay taxes.
Participatory budgeting generally involves several basic steps: 1) Community members identify spending priorities and select budget delegates 2) Budget delegates develop specific spending proposals, with help from experts 3) Community members vote on which proposals to fund 4) The city or institution implements the top proposals
A comprehensive case study of eight municipalities in Brazil analyzing the successes and failures of participatory budgeting has suggested that it often results in more equitable public spending, greater government transparency and accountability, increased levels of public participation (especially by marginalized or poorer residents), and democratic and citizenship learning. W
Participatory carbon budgeting[edit | edit source]
See separate article: Participatory carbon budgeting
Participatory democracy[edit | edit source]
Participatory democracy strives to create opportunities for all members of a population to make meaningful contributions to decision-making, and seeks to broaden the range of people who have access to such opportunities. In 2011, considerable grassroots interest in participatory democracy was generated by the Occupy movement. W
Participatory justice[edit | edit source]
Participatory justice is the use of alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation, conciliation, and arbitration, in criminal justice systems, instead of, or before, going to court. It is sometimes called "community dispute resolution". W
Participatory planning[edit | edit source]
Participatory planning is an urban planning paradigm that emphasizes involving the entire community in the strategic and management processes of urban planning; or, community-level planning processes, urban or rural. It is often considered as part of community development. Participatory planning aims to harmonize views among all of its participants as well as prevent conflict between opposing parties. In addition, marginalized groups have an opportunity to participate in the planning process. W
Democracy festivals[edit | edit source]
Democracy Festivals Association (International) added 16:10, 30 June 2020 (UTC)
Resources[edit | edit source]
Apps for sustainability[edit | edit source]
Promise Tracker, Data collection for civic action. After an election, how can citizens hold elected leaders accountable for promises they made during the campaign season? We believe that informed communities, equipped with data, are the best positioned to assess the performance of their representatives and advocate for change on a local level. Promise Tracker explores how citizen monitoring can extend civic engagement between election cycles.
Conversation starters[edit | edit source]
- the Good Life Conversation, Cormac Russell, September 7, 2017 nurturedevelopment.org. "In simple terms the following questions help people to explore what contributions they might make to communities in which they reside."
How to's[edit | edit source]
- Think, Do & Make: how to help people develop projects together by @noelito medium.com, Nov 5 2019
- ‘How to Set up a Municipalist Platform’, Barcelona en Comú, Mar 2016
- How to Start Participatory Budgeting in Your City, Dec 3, 2011, Shareable
Maps[edit | edit source]
Other Resources[edit | edit source]
- A Charter for Democracy on Commons Transition Strategies Wiki (creative commons license)
- Civic Activism
- Civic Commons Wiki, an effort to provide a permanent, sustainable organization to assist public agencies in the adoption of open systems and collaborative technologies, and to coordinate the co-creation of these technologies among agencies to ensure interoperability and shareability. Civic Commons will provide infrastructure, knowledge, and toolsets to government entities, and encourage the development of shared "civic software" and protocols, and supply optional technical infrastructure (such as data and project hosting) as needed.
- On Relational Facilitation: Supporting the Creative Potential of Divergent Perspectives, by R. Zubizarreta, dk-media.s3.amazonaws.com added 17:30, 17 February 2020 (UTC)
- Imagine Chicago, Imagine projects and networks in th UK, Europe and Australia have been modelled on Imagine Chicago.
- Open Government Partnership Participation & Co-creation Standards, added Feb 2017
- Benchmark study data The state of open data from different perspectives, including that of the public / citizens
- Introducing the Cycle of Transparency, Sunlight Foundation Blog, 03/10/10
- Resources from Imagine Chicago
- Making is Connecting - site about Making is Connecting project, with extracts, video, etc. W
- Regulation on collaboration between citizens and and the City for the care and regeneration of urban commons, comune.bologna.it
- Who Ya Gonna Call? Deliberative Democracy Resources
- Wise Democracy Project
- World café, A world café (styled as World Café) is a structured conversational process for knowledge sharing in which groups of people discuss a topic at several tables, with individuals switching tables periodically and getting introduced to the previous discussion at their new table by a "table host". W
- What is an Empathy Circle? empathycircle.com
Quotes[edit | edit source]
"Turning toward local connection and action
It’s time to swim perpendicular to the tide, time to become a real citizen, and time to practice democracy like my life depends on it, because it does." Neal Gorenflo, January 31, 2020 
"With the increasing awareness of movements like Extinction Rebellion and Fridays For Future, citizen activism is a social trend that's here to stay. There’s incredible technology at our fingertips and when used strategically, it has the potential to influence millions." Gabriella Tavini 
There resides in all populations a "mass of sense lying in a dormant state - which good government should quietly harness." Tom Paine 
*"Where I live in Marin County, it was citizen action that instigated the preservation of hundreds of thousands of acres as open space and parkland; it was not government taking the initiative. That mostly happened in the pre-Internet days. Now that we’ve got the Net and there’s more talent, creativity and freedom in the civic sector than in government, it’s time that citizens once again take the lead in building tools and solving problems for their localities." cfigallo 
"Given how radical a departure these participatory ways of working are from the closed-door status quo (or the view that participation is limited to voting and opinion polling), we cannot declare, define, and repeat often enough what it could mean to embrace collaboration and co-creation; to make consultation part of operations on a day-to-day basis; to strive for constant conversation with an engaged and knowledgeable public and to reinvent the conception of public service and of the public servant as the steward of such a conversation.." Beth Simone Noveck 
Research[edit | edit source]
Made to Measure, Participatory City, Year 1 Report for the EVERY ONE EVERY DAY initiative
Sharing ideas and actions[edit | edit source]
video Premiered Sep 12, 2019
- Citizens Foundation, connecting government and citizens, added 14:20, 19 December 2020 (UTC), see also: Iceland
Video[edit | edit source]
See also: Extinction Rebellion
More video: Edgeryders - LOTE4: The Stewardship on Vimeo - Representative democracy - Tim Berners-Lee on the next Web, video on TED.com - Getting back to Government Is Us, youtube, 2010 - Dan Mcquillan at mypublicservices, youtube, 2009
Radical Visions of Future Government, media.nesta.org.uk (date not found)
CTRLShift 2019 on vimeo
News and comment[edit | edit source]
See separate article: Community involvement news
Rio Declaration on Environment and Development[edit | edit source]
The Rio Declaration of 1992 enshrines public participation in its 27 principles. Principle 10 states that "environmental issues are best handled with participation of all concerned citizens, at the relevant level”. The Rio Declaration continues, drawing a close link between access to information and public participation:
"At the national level, each individual shall have appropriate access to information concerning the environment that is held by public authorities, including information on hazardous materials and activities in their communities, and the opportunity to participate in decision-making processes. States shall facilitate and encourage public awareness and participation by making information widely available. Effective access to judicial and administrative proceedings, including redress and remedy, shall be provided." W
Events[edit | edit source]
Oct 17 - 24 Pop Up Tomorrow, 2019, Thu-Thu
See also[edit | edit source]
- Community involvement news
- Community involvement UK
- Community involvement USA
- Arts, sport and culture
- Citizen centred participation
- Citizens data initiative
- Citizens' assembly
- Communities online
- Community and voluntary action
- Community resources
- Extinction Rebellion, XR and future democracy
- Getting to know your locality, Getting to know your region
- Maps for community action
- Open conference design
- Open involvement
- Participatory budgeting, Participatory carbon budgeting
- Participatory Practices for Sustainable Development (Village Earth, 2006), Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation, Participatory Impact Pathways Analysis, Participation
- Peoples assemblies
- Quotes about community action and the power of community
- Recognising quiet members in community groups
- Rural sustainability
- Towards sustainable economies
- Urban sustainability
- Video for community action
local information can be found, or shared, via our many location pages
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- Paticipedia, A global community sharing knowledge and stories about public participation and democratic innovations, section updated 12:32, 15 February 2020 (UTC)
Participatory democracy W, Open-source governance W, .green W, Participatory budgeting W, Participatory planning W, Participatory justice W, Public participation W, Coproduction (public services) W, Popular assembly W, Neighborhood council W, Democracy Index W
- Civicus, global alliance dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society around the world. Founded in 1993, the organisation today has members in more than 145 countries, with its headquarters in Johannesburg and offices in London, Geneva and New York. W
- Democracies Online, builds online public space in the heart of real democracy and community. "Our mission is to harness the power of online tools to support participation in public life, strengthen communities, and build democracy."
- Eroles Project
- Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development
- Democracy Earth
- Open311, collaborative model and open standard for civic issue tracking
- OpeningParliament.org, forum intended to help connect the world's civic organizations engaged in monitoring, supporting and opening up their countries' parliaments and legislative institutions.
- Open Government Initiative
- Green Drinks international Organic, self-organising network of people who meet up monthly for a beer at informal sessions known as Green Drinks.
- Meetup Free service that organizes local gatherings about anything, anywhere. Topic groups include 'New Urbanism and Sustainable Development'