Iceland's New Saga: Participatory Budgeting and Policy Crowdsourcing Tech
Come join us on Tuesday
December 5th for some Midnight Madness at 6 p.m. at the start of the next Open Twin Cities Meetup in Saint Paul.
This has the potential to be even bigger than the Kensington Runestone
... an s-mail that took over 500 years to deliver.
- Via Open Twin Cities Meetup, open to the public
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Every 1st Tuesday of the monthGranicus
- The generous conference room host!
408 Saint Peter St · Saint Paul, MN
Take the elevator to the 6th floor
(which is the fiscal agent for volunteer-based Open Twin Cities group)
P.S. Below is a related post from civic tech circles. Pass this on.
The City of Reykjavik just finished their 6th yearly round to allocate about 6% of the city budget on community improvement projects - that's over $20M total over the years. Turnout was up 20 percent to a high of 11% of people voting via participatory budgeting (with over half completing the process via a mobile optimized experience). Reykjavik uses Your Priorities to gather and vet public ideas and then a more secure online voting system than you'll likely find with many other PB projects due to the scale of spending.
I've been in the civic tech space for over twenty years and the humble, make it simple, make it work Citizens Foundation approach is such a winner that my nonprofit decided to partner with them on global outreach. So please share this with those you think would be interested.
P.S. Civic digital advertising outreach case study
- The other week at the Council of Europe's Participatory Democracy Incubator for cities, Robert Bjarnason
with the Citizens Foundation and I had a chance to catch up. In one of those "ah ha" moments (at the bar of course!), he mentioned that they invested heavily in online advertising via Facebook and some with Google Adwords. Spending about 13,000 Euros they reached just about everyone in Iceland recently. They tested and tracked different civic messaging and know what led to wasted paid visits and what led to actual deep participation. I pressed Robert to write a case study and he agreed! You can request the future case study and more information on their digital tools here