We are in the midst of a transformation of democracy—one possibly as revolutionary as the development of the representative, party-based form of democracy that evolved out of the universal franchise. This transformation involves hundreds of thousands of new channels of citizen involvement in government, often outside the more visible politics of electoral representation, and occurring in most countries of the world.
The International Observatory on Participatory Democracy has extended the deadline for nominations to receive the IOPD Distinction Best Practice in Citizen Participation to December 16, 2014. The award recognizes innovative work sponsored by local governments. See here for more details.
Graduate students from Canada, Germany, Mexico, Russia, Singapore, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States use teamwork to learn about democratic innovations and contribute content to Participedia.
Participedians may be interested in a new report from the IBM Center for The Business of Government.
The report is entitled: ‘Engaging Citizens in Co-Creation in Public Services’. The authors, Satish Nambisan and Priya Nambisan, present four roles that citizens can play in the co-creation of public services.
As many of you know, AmericaSpeaks has closed down its operations. Participedia asked Susanna Haas Lyons, a former AmericaSpeaks employee and public engagement consultant, to reflect on the work of the organization and its legacy.
The Democracy Institute at Penn State has established a Democracy Medal. Each year, the medal will be awarded for “exceptional innovations that advance the design and practice of democracy.” The winner will receive $5,000 and be invited to give a talk at Penn State. You can find more information about the award here: http://cdd.la.psu.edu/research/penn-state-democracy-medal
This year’s deadline for nominations is on December 10th.