Civic IQ is an open platform for people to identify the nation's problems, understand them, discuss solutions and reach consensus on a way forward.
--It benefits from principles of success found in Twitter and Facebook, as well as innovative crowd-funding tools like Kickstarter and Spacehive.
--It builds on the hard-earned lessons of engagement and consensus found in human-computer interaction and in-person processes like participatory action research.
--Civic IQ borrows from motivation techniques found in the gaming industry, behavioral economics, and cognitive psychology to encourage a wide array of different levels, in which a citizen can engage depending on their passions, time, and expertise.
--It promotes viral participation, designed to spread quickly through integration with social networks.
Civic IQ members form a citizen think tank that collaboratively moves ideas from rough outlines to polished and detailed recommendations through five distinct spaces, each with its own set of innovative tools and activities, based on proven models for collaborative problem solving. Participants earn social equity through general participation as well as by helping to moderate, clarify, fact check, and promote civility. This equity is used as ‘currency’ in Civic IQ, to promote and vote on issues and solutions.
Why Civic IQ?
1. We believe an open government is the only way to bring the breadth of our collective knowledge and problem solving capabilities to bear on the problems we face as a nation.
2. The success of crowd-sourcing platforms like Kickstarter and Wikipedia, social networks like Facebook and Twitter, and citizen engagement and prioritization platforms like 311 services and Liquid Democracy demonstrate the potential of decentralized networks to empower people to identify issues, create and agree on solutions, advocate and implement them.
3. Recent open government initiatives, such as Code for America, are succeeding in promoting the use of technology to improve the democratic process in the digital age. Yet very few initiatives are focused on the harder challenge of engaging people in collaborative problem solving, deliberation, brainstorming and refinement.
4. Design thinking, understanding of how people interact via digital platforms, and focus on designing for change can be instrumental in making open government a reality.
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