A Community Foundation initiative
Wikis for Lawmaking
Wikis are pieces of server software that allow users to create and edit Web page content.
Consensus conferences are used to inform and consult members of the public on topics that are complex, controversial, or expert dominated – for example issues around emerging science and technology. They enable panels of citizens to question expert witnesses in a similar way to citizens juries, with the difference being that they are held in public and open to the media.
Citizen Science is research conducted by amateurs or non-professionals in order to increase public participation in scientific research and raise citizen awareness of particular issues, often relating to the environment. Ordinary people, often without formal training, are enabled to contribute to scientific research in their spare time. The range of involvement varies from people donating idle time on their home computers for use in solving problems to people contributing small bits of data about themselves or their environments.
Local and Global Civic Innovation Tools
Top Tips For Civic Innovation
Any tool or approach will only be effective if well planned and deployed as part of an engagement strategy. This involves planning, relationship building, and follow-up.
Bring them to you
Equally, it is important for decision makers to see and get a feel for your community, your group and your issues.
Politicians like to know what is going on in their constituencies.