A Community Foundation initiative
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.
Public forums may be used for a number of reasons, including awareness raising, mobilisation of public opinion, and formulation of policy and planning. They bring together citizens of a city, state, country to participate in discussions about issues of importance to their everyday lives.
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
It can really help you to engage with a decision maker if you can identify and build a relationship with a 'champion'.
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.
Build numbers – if you have to!
You don’t have to involve everyone in every issue all the time. But for some issues, building a critical mass and getting as many people engaged as possible is essential.