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This article is an offshoot from Community involvement and is for global or international resources in that context. The majority of our information about this is collated via our place pages ...Near you.

Networks[edit | edit source]

Citizen Network
Authors: Citizen Network TV, Oct 2, 2020
  • Citizen Network, added 18:38, 24 December 2021 (UTC)
  • 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
  • Accountability Lab, "global networks of labs making governance work for people", added 18:29, 28 February 2022 (UTC)

Events[edit | edit source]

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An invitation from the Transition Network. "...a time of creativity, dreaming, and sharing. A space to explore our longings for what we want the future to be. Connecting us to each other and to a future worth fighting for." [1]

Visions[edit | edit source]

Radical Visions of Future Government, media.nesta.org.uk (date not found)

CTRLShift 2019 on vimeo

Commons[edit | edit source]

  • Paticipedia, A global community sharing knowledge and stories about public participation and democratic innovations.

Community resources[edit | edit source]

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  • ‘It’s a beautiful thing’: how one Paris district rediscovered conviviality, The Guardian (Jul 14, 2022) — It started with an organised ‘bonjour’. Now the ‘republic of good neighbours’ say they want to reclaim the streets
  • Costa Rica’s Los Higuerones coop is a perfect example of what a CAN looks like - combining economy, relationship and conviviality, The Daily Alternative (Mar 21, 2022)
  • What do we mean by public luxury? Glorious spaces that people can use and enjoy freely, cutting consumption and increasing connection, The Alternative UK (Jan 28, 2022)

Community resources matter for community empowerment. Although Community and voluntary action has a proud tradition of innovation and doing a lot with a little, it's much harder to do something with virtually nothing. It may be that a community's greatest resource is its people, but community action can perhaps best flourish if backed up with at least some 'real' resources. In partnerships it's been observed that community and voluntary groups can, unfortunately, sometimes get ignored because they are perceived as not bringing any (what other partners percieve as 'real') resources to the table.

  • What resources are there in your local community for community groups?
  • Are there places for groups to meet (affordably)?
  • Is there access to Information Technology and enough support to use it?
  • How easy is it for new groups to form and sustain themselves?
  • Are there ways for local community groups to network and support themselves and each other?
  • Is there access to support for networks (looser groups, coalitions, etc.) and not just older more traditional forms of organisation?

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]

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One of the hardest things (besides organising, running and maintaining!) a community group event is getting people to gel together at the beginning meeting(s). Using ice breakers to get people to know each other better is an important part of starting any community group where the members are from different areas and backgrounds.

more how to's:

  • 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]

Technology for transparency network

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 [2]

"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 [3]

There resides in all populations a "mass of sense lying in a dormant state - which good government should quietly harness." Tom Paine [4]

*"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 [5]

"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 [6]

Research[edit | edit source]

From what’s wrong to what’s strong: A guide to community-driven development, researchoutreach.org

Made to Measure, Participatory City, Year 1 Report for the EVERY ONE EVERY DAY initiative

Paticipedia, "an encyclopedia of participatory and deliberative practice" [7]

Sharing ideas and actions[edit | edit source]

video Premiered Sep 12, 2019


Manifesto for Democracy and Sustainability

Software[edit | edit source]

  • Ethical Alternatives & Resources from ethical.net, added 10:41, 8 February 2022 (UTC)
  • Polis, "real-time system for gathering, analyzing and understanding what large groups of people think in their own words, enabled by advanced statistics and machine learning", added 10:41, 8 February 2022 (UTC)
  • 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.

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

Other Resources[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

local information can be found, or shared, via our many location pages


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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Transition Network
  2. shareable.net
  3. thealternative.org.uk
  4. Guardian review of Hilary Wainwright’s book Reclaim the State: Adventures in Popular Democracy, July 2003
  5. pResilience, April 7, 2009
  6. Medium
  7. The Alternative UK, Jan 27, 2019
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