Australian democratic innovations typically rely on premises that are fundamentally opposed by populism: random selection and expert knowledge. This populist challenge cannot be ignored, and theorists and practitioners must meet it together.
Participedia’s Design & Technology (D&T) Committee recently applied for the Collective Intelligence for Democracy workshop, hosted by Medialab Prado in Madrid. Their proposal, “Mapping Democratic Innovation” -- an idea jam based on foundational data and technology of Participedia -- was selected as one of eight featured projects for the event!
On June 6th - 9th, 2016 researchers and practitioners from around the world will gather at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver for the first large-scale meeting of the Participedia project. Project partners who have been working together for over a year via email and Skype will come together to share knowledge and resources as they refine plans for the next four years of a SSHRC Partnership Grant
The UBC Faculty of Arts spoke with our Principal Investigator, Dr. Mark Warren, about the challenges of building Participedia, how the project may help to improve and deepen democracy, and the team’s plans for Participedia over the next five years.
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.