A Community Foundation initiative
Pop-up democracy is a term for institutional forms that use temporary, site-specific practices to provide opportunities for increased local political and civic participation (e.g. pop-up shops; activist spaces; circulating libraries).
'Deliberative Polling' is a registered trademark of the Center for Deliberative Democracy, Stanford University
Crowd Wise is a tool developed by the New Economics Foundation (NEF) as a participative method for taking shared decisions – working towards an agreed conclusion rather than divergent opinions. The process can be used for a wide range of issues or decisions, including setting policy priorities, allocating budgets, or developing a consultation response. The structured nature of the process encourages constructive conversation rather than polarisation.
Local and Global Civic Innovation Tools
Top Tips For Civic Innovation
Don’t throw people in at the deep end
Other approaches can be used to lay the groundwork for civic engagement. If people are already actively involved in their community then they are more likely to want to, and feel able to, engage with decision-makers.
Be clear about who you want to engage with and why
There are many democratic institutions in Northern Ireland (local Councils, local and regional service providers, government departments), and therefore many tiers of decision making.
Politicians like to know what is going on in their constituencies.