A Community Foundation initiative
Participatory budgeting encompasses a range of methods designed to directly involve citizens in decision making regarding spending and investment priorities for a local budget. The budget will tend to belong to a local council or other statutory body and can range from a neighbourhood level up to a city or national level budget.
Participatory Card Games
Participatory card games such as Democs (Deliberative meeting of citizens) – developed by the New Economics Foundation – enable small groups of citizens to learn about and debate complex issues. The topics tend to be scientific, political or ethical in nature. The process encourages those involved to express a preferred policy option following their deliberations.
Forum theatre – also known as Boal’s Theatre, Theatre of the Oppressed, or Theatre for Development – uses theatre to achieve social aims, and is often undertaken by socially excluded or disempowered groups. It is an interactive form of theatre that engages the audience in exploring different options for dealing with a problem or issue.
Local and Global Civic Innovation Tools
Top Tips For Civic Innovation
Involve key stakeholders
Ensure you involve your key stakeholders
Focus on the Solution
Much engagement with service providers and public representatives tends to focus on what is not working.
Increasingly, if an individual or group wants to engage with and influence decision making, it is essential to have the information and evidence to back up its case.