Collectively people can be smarter than as individuals. Building on that can help us make Democracies better at solving current problems. That is the basic premise of the book soon to be published by Stephen Boucher, who talked to us about what it takes to harvest collective intelligence for Democracy and why this is not already done much better.
Our team has been speaking to leaders and professionals from across Europe. We asked them to give us an example of a citizen participation process supported by digital technologies that has been implemented in their municipality or area of work.
Here is a first look at some of the answers we received.
The existence of a digital divide does not automatically lead to unequal outcomes in digital participation processes. When we assume this link we skip a couple of essential steps and miss some important lessons in the process – as Tiago C. Peixoto, senior government specialist at the World Bank, explains in this interview.
Political parties are essential institutions of democracy. For this article, we talked to executives of some of the most innovative parties across Europe, to find out which democracy technologies they use, and how they make the most of them.