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Presentation held at the 2012 EuroPCom conference in Brussels, 18 October 2012 on online participatory budgeting as a way of engaging citizens in cooperation with public administration

Presentation held at the 2012 EuroPCom conference in Brussels, 18 October 2012 on online participatory budgeting as a way of engaging citizens in cooperation with public administration


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  • 1. Engaging Citizensin Online Participatory Budgeting Dr. Steffen Albrecht EuroPCom 2012 – 3rd European Conference on Public Communication Brussels, 18. October 2012
  • 2. OPEN GOVERNMENTtransparent | participatory | collaborative flickr.com/wwarby | CC BY 2.0
  • 3. policy evaluation campaigning Q&As complaints management open data participatory budgeting reporting facilities transparency argumentation support policy simulation crowdsourcingpublic relations petitioningconflict mediation voter information systems citizen initiative contact forms urban planning consultations idea generation
  • 4. policy evaluation campaigning Q&As complaints managementopen dataparticipatory budgeting transparency reporting facilitiespolicy simulationargumentation supportpublic relations crowdsourcing petitioningconflict mediation voter information systems citizen initiativeurban planning contact formsconsultationsidea generationinitiated by public administration initiated by civil society
  • 5. participatory budgeting citizen initiative information –involvement – cooperation reporting facilitiesconflict mediation complaints managementopen data petitioningurban planning crowdsourcingidea generation campaigningconsultations Q&Aspolicy evaluation voter information systemsargumentation supportpolicy simulation contact formspublic relations transparencyinitiated by public administration initiated by civil society
  • 6. citizen initiative information –involvement – cooperation reporting facilitiesconflict mediation complaints managementopen data petitioning participatory budgetingurban planning crowdsourcingidea generation campaigningconsultations long-term,policy evaluationrepeated engagement of citizens Q&As voter information systemsargumentation support on central, yet complex issuespolicy simulation contact formspublic relations transparencyinitiated by public administration initiated by civil society
  • 7. Lessons learnt … How to attract citizens? (necessary to legitimate the results) - Promote the initiative broadly 60K - Target hard-to-reach groups 40K 20K - Multiple channels, focus on Internet 0K Part. Com. Votes - Low thresholds for participation  Don‘t expect too much (1% of inhabitants is much)! Don‘t promise more than you can deliver!
  • 8. Lessons learnt … How to attract citizens? (necessary to legitimate the results) - Promote the initiative broadly - Target hard-to-reach groups - Multiple channels, focus on Internet - Low thresholds for participation  Don‘t expect too much (1% of inhabitants is much)! Don‘t promise more than you can deliver!
  • 9. Lessons learnt … How to move from information to cooperation? - Long-term, repeated engagement - Foster relations with citizens and interest groups - Combine information, dialogue and monitoring of results - Translate budget information for citizens - Adapt to local circumstances - Transparency throughout the process
  • 10. Lessons learnt … How to move from information to cooperation? - Long-term, repeated engagement - Foster relations with citizens and interest groups - Combine information, dialogue and monitoring of results - Translate budget information for citizens - Adapt to local circumstances - Transparency throughout the process
  • 11. Lessons learnt … How to deal with conflicts? (always expect conflicts to show up) - Communicate that representative procedures are not substituted, but complemented - Actively recruit for balanced participation - Make all conditions transparent - Install professional facilitation (neutral stance)  Do not underestimate conflicts within administration and conflicts about legitimacy!
  • 12. http://tiny.cc/pbmapping
  • 13. ACT! SHARE!IMPROVE! flickr.com/wwarby | CC BY 2.0
  • 14. Further informationDr. Steffen Albrecht +49 30 200 540 260 albrecht@zebralog.de www.zebralog.com @zebralog www.buergerhaushalt.org (international version to launch January 2013)