A Community Foundation initiative
Scenario workshops engage members of a community, decision makers, and other stakeholders or experts in a dialogue aimed at solving local problems and anticipating future ones. They are suitable for examining broad issues, and also act as a tool for enabling constructive discussions and potentially further dialogue between different groups.
Argument mapping enables an online, visual representation of the pros, cons, trade-offs and vantage points of a particular deliberation – for example an issue being put to referendum. The intention is to enable members of the public to interact, deliberate, find common ground, and better understand the trade offs or nuances surrounding the issue in question.
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.
Local and Global Civic Innovation Tools
Top Tips For Civic Innovation
Include everyone who should be included
Depending on who your group is, or who you want to represent when you are engaging with decision-makers, you will need to consider how you are ensuring that you are really enabling all relevant voices to be heard.
Ensure that those you have involved in your processes are kept informed of what progress is (or is not) being made. Even if there is no news, let people know. Follow up is essential for keeping people interested and willing to engage further.
Politicians like to know what is going on in their constituencies.