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28 10, 2015

Cataloguing the Arguments Pro and Con Participatory Budgeting

By |2015-10-28T23:58:50+00:00October 28th, 2015|Participatory Budgeting, Research|0 Comments

Last November, I started a list to help keep track of the ever-evolving debate around participatory budgeting and its promise and merits, particularly in the United States: Participatory Budgeting: Arguments Pro and Con The goal is to compile a comprehensive list of arguments pro and con Participatory Budgeting (PB). The term participatory budgeting here refers to [...]

4 06, 2015

Irvin and Stansbury: Advantages and Disadvantages of Public Participation

By |2018-11-21T15:42:13+00:00June 4th, 2015|Public Participation, Research, ROI|4 Comments

A few days ago, I came across this 2007 article in the International Journal for Public Participation (IJP2) by Renee A. Irvin and John Stansbury: Citizen Participation in Decision-Making: Is it Worth the Effort? (PDF). In it, the authors list a number of advantages and drawbacks of public participation and weigh the trade-offs between the potential benefits [...]

12 09, 2014

Upcoming Research Trip: Participatory Democracy in South Korea

By |2018-11-21T15:42:16+00:00September 12th, 2014|Research|0 Comments

I will be traveling to Seoul, South Korea next month and hope to be spending some time learning about the local participatory democracy scene there. A few interesting tidbits that have caught my attention so far: Participatory budgeting appears to have been explored and applied for over ten years now, according to this research paper [...]

5 09, 2014

Bertelsmann Stiftung Releases New Study on Public Participation in Germany

By |2018-11-21T15:42:16+00:00September 5th, 2014|Europe, Public Participation, ROI|0 Comments

Gütersloh, Germany-based Bertelsmann Stiftung today released a new study on public participation in Germany, which shows increasing citizen demand for various types of participatory processes and which confirms a number of ways public participation yields positive impact (pages 4-5, in German): Vielfältige Demokratie: Kernergebnisse der Studie „Partizipation im Wandel – Unsere Demokratie zwischen Wählen, Mitmachen [...]

6 08, 2014

Crowdsourcing Text Analysis of FCC Open Internet Rulemaking Data

By |2018-11-21T15:42:16+00:00August 6th, 2014|Radar, Research, Rulemaking|1 Comment

Yesterday, the FCC released a large portion of the more than one million public comments it has received regarding its ongoing Open Internet rulemaking effort: FCC Makes Open Internet Comments More Accessible to Public Because of the sheer number of comments and the great public interest in what they say, Chairman Wheeler has asked the [...]

27 05, 2014

Consult Australia: Guide to Procuring Engagement Services

By |2018-11-21T15:42:16+00:00May 27th, 2014|Radar, Research, ROI|0 Comments

Consult Australia is an Australian industry association. From their about page (emphasis mine): Consult Australia is the leading not-for-profit association that represents the business interests of consulting firms operating in the built and natural environment. We do this at a commercial, community, industry, and government level through collaboration, education, support and advocacy. Consult Australia member firms’ services [...]

26 02, 2014

Project NetDiscourse Explores Political Deliberation on Twitter

By |2018-11-21T15:42:17+00:00February 26th, 2014|Deliberation, Europe, Research, Social Media|0 Comments

Interesting research project out of the University of Bonn, Germany: Political Deliberation on the Internet: Forms and Functions of Digital Discourse Based on the Microblogging System Twitter From the project outline: Partly driven by social media applications such as the microblogging platform Twitter, the far reaching process of mediatisation of society has ushered in new [...]