Factors that influence the way local communities respond to consultation


Factors that influence the way local communities respond to consultation processes about major service change: A qualitative study. By Helen Barratt, David A. Harrison, Rosalind Raine, Naomi J. Fulop.

Study Highlights

  • Service change proposals often face public opposition.
  • We examined the public response to a consultation process about service reorganisation.
  • The behaviour of key decision-makers led the public to mistrust the process.
  • This was compounded by the complexity of the consultation methods.
  • Future consultations should acknowledge public concerns about proposals.

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The wisdom of the community always exceeds the knowledge of the experts | By: Dr. Bruce D. Watson


Start with what people care about, not your agenda

In the predominant needs/deficit model of community development, community members are inadvertently encouraged to stop acting like citizens and act like “clients” or “consumers of services” with no incentive to be producers themselves. Read more…

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How Civic Engagement Platforms Can Bring Back the Expertise of Urban Planners | Planetizen


How Civic Engagement Platforms Can Bring Back the Expertise of Urban Planners | Planetizen: The Urban Planning, Design, and Development Network.

The increasing use of online civic engagement platforms offers a chance for planners to improve the planning process—that is, if they take full advantage of the opportunities presented by the new technology to showcase their expertise.

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5 Differences between complexity & systems thinking


Often people see complexity as a subset or slight variation on systems thinking, but the author of this article draws some clear distinctions between the two concepts.

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Over the last 10 days I’ve had the privilege of accompanying Prof Dave Snowden to various workshops and client meetings in Johannesburg & Cape Town.  It’s been almost 5 years since his last visit, so it was really great to catch up on some of his new thinking.  We also connected with other people who’ve been involved in Cynefin since the early IBM days, so that was fun!

I’ve learnt so much, it’s enough to fill several posts!  But one of the learnings I find very useful is clarity Dave brings around the differences between Complexity thinking & Systems thinking.

Often people see Complexity as a subset or slight variation on Systems thinking, but Dave has drawn some clear distinctions that I find very useful.  These aren’t the only differences, but they’re the ones that remained top of mind:

1. Ideal future vs evolutionary potential of the present

Systems…

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Participation Now: patterns, possibilities, politics | openDemocracy


Participation Now: patterns, possibilities, politics | openDemocracy.

At one end of this spectrum we have started to place initiatives that offer to rationalise public engagement and make the participatory self-organisation of publics more efficient. At the other end, initiatives seem more focused on enriching processes of engagement and participation.

That nowadays there are a growing number of research and archiving projects devoted to cataloguing specific types of participation and engagement activity is perhaps to be expected.  The current context is one in which institutional breakdowns, crises, rapid technological change as well as restless variations in patterns of collective identification and belonging are now increasingly intersecting with our everyday lives. More and more people and organisations are trying out inventive forms of public participation in response. Participation Now is particularly concerned to illuminate the different forms that these emerging practices of participatory engagement take, as well as the wide variety of actors who are initiating them.

 

 

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This Curation Trend has One Big Problem: Scale | PandoDaily


This Curation Trend has One Big Problem: Scale | PandoDaily. By Erin Griffith Via @PandoDaily

Like it or not, the curators are coming. And I’m not talking about the kind that work with Art.sy.The latest wave of curation goes beyond Drudge Report-style link aggregation. It’s about adding some sort of value to the content you’re curating, either by the choices you make, the method of delivery, or what you do with it once it’s curated.

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Calling It Stakeholder Engagement Does Not Make It Engagement


Calling It Stakeholder Engagement Does Not Make It Engagement. By: Change Arrange 24 Feb 2014

We all know how important stakeholder engagement is to enabling change. It is the activity that gives us interaction with stakeholders and hopefully traction. If you don’t engage with people how will they know change is needed or how they can help it happen?

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Govlab/ICANN Collaboration Explores Open Policy Making


By Tim Bonnemann – founder and CEO of Intellitics, Inc.

About the Project

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has managed the system of Internet domains for a decade and a half. Yet as the Internet continues to rapidly evolve and the volume and diversity of stakeholders connecting to the Internet grows, ICANN has recognized it must rethink how it operates as a platform for global collaborative decisionmaking – especially in light of new and increasingly sophisticated communications technologies. The GovLab is working with the ICANN Strategy Panel on Multistakeholder Innovation (MSI Panel), chaired by The GovLab director and co-founder Professor Beth Simone Noveck, to research and design technology-enabled experiments to help ICANN engage broader communities and bring their expertise and input into ICANN’s policy development processes.

via Govlab/ICANN Collaboration Explores Open Policy Making.

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The Stubborn Persistence of America’s Digital Divide | By Emily Badger | The Atlantic Cities


The Census Bureau’s latest data tracking internet and computer use in American homes suggest that both have become ubiquitous with impressive speed… That trajectory, however, conceals the wide demographic gaps that still exist in home Internet penetration. As of 2012, the most glaring disparity isn’t by race (these are individuals 3 years old and older, not households)… it’s by education …and income

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D-CENT: New European Citizen Engagement Platform Under Development


D-CENT: New European Citizen Engagement Platform Under Development.

Abstract:
D-CENT will create a bottom-up, decentralised, open platform for collective awareness based on integrating already successful open-source codebases. Its first practical experiments will address democratic engagement, building on Europe’s largest experiments in direct democracy – the Open Ministry linked into parliament in Finland, and the involvement of the whole population in shaping a new wiki-constitution in Iceland – as well as one of Europe’s most dynamic social movements, in Spain. These will show how millions of citizens can become engaged in day-to-day deliberation, and decision-making.

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