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Salar Conference Ch (13 04 10)

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Keynote for the Swedish Local Government conference - talking about the differences between participation and democratic participation

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Salar Conference Ch (13 04 10)

  1. 1. Civic Architecture for Cyberspace Presented by Catherine Howe, Chief Executive Public-i 1 Citizenscape a product by Public-i | Presented to Client x
  2. 2. When does participation become democratic participation? public-i.info/citizenscape
  3. 3. The democratic question….. Because people are talking…….. they are just not talking to us……. public-i.info/citizenscape
  4. 4. International growth of social media usage http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/12/31/top- social-media-sites-of-2008-facebook-still-rising/ Presented by Catherine Howe, Chief Executive Public-i
  5. 5. With social media as the fastest growing trend Presented by Catherine Howe, Chief Executive Public-i
  6. 6. And some Swedish facts 91% of the Swedes between 16-75 years use the Internet Almost everyone (99%) between 16 and 30 years uses the Internet 89% have Internet access at home There are 3 million Swedish people on Facebook Citizenscape a product by Public-i 6
  7. 7. We need to balance the tensions Offline Online Control Involvement Representative Direct Democracy Democracy Communication Consultation Presented by Catherine Howe, Chief Executive Public-i
  8. 8. Old web v. New web Old eGov Gov 2.0 Presentation / Collaboration/ HTML XML Content Engagement Websites Communities Portals Widgets From a presentation by http://dontapscott.com/ Presented by Catherine Howe, Chief Executive Public-i
  9. 9. Democracy vs Social Web Democracy Social Web Authenticated Malleable identity Identity Broadcast User generated message content Representatives Co-production Presented by Catherine Howe, Chief Executive Public-i
  10. 10. How do we reconcile these tensions? public-i.info/citizenscape
  11. 11. The new social web is an environment superbly suited to Participatory Design: Co-creation Presented by Catherine Howe, Chief Executive Public-i
  12. 12. Does Local Government need to respond? Democratic deficit is growing across Europe – and democracy needs to change Democracy needs to happen where the people are – it can’t happen in isolation You have to start somewhere – and at least these people are already participating in something Online is a growing trend and if we take a medium to long term view it is essential that Local Government has a clear role on the web Presented by Catherine Howe, Chief Executive Public-i
  13. 13. The democratic question….. Social websites are profoundly different to most government spaces……. ….and so is democracy…. …..we can’t make a decision on the basis of how many people join a facebook group Presented by Catherine Howe, Chief Executive Public-i
  14. 14. In democracy - identity matters public-i.info/citizenscape
  15. 15. You’ll have seen this before….. But it makes an important point Presented by Catherine Howe, Chief Executive Public-i
  16. 16. Process is established public-i.info/citizenscape
  17. 17. Because social media is already used… …by councils and communities …to communicate and campaign http://www.harringayonline.com/ http://www.stopheathrowexpansion.com/ Presented by Catherine Howe, Chief Executive Public-i
  18. 18. And there is a role for representatives public-i.info/citizenscape
  19. 19. By harnessing the potential of social media Social web Government Informal Informal Civic Formal Formal social civic Space consultation democratic News and social Council managed networking sites services We need to use tools like forums and petitions which can transition people from informal to formal Presented by Catherine Howe, Chief Executive Public-i
  20. 20. What’s special about Sweden? Most of the population are online – and its not just young people High levels of formal and informal social capital – you want to solve your problems within the system Pirate Party: Sweden is the only EU country to both create and realise a new, digitally native political party. Presented by Catherine Howe, Chief Executive Public-i
  21. 21. The Pirate Party – a digitally native political movement Annotated graph showing changes in membership count during the first four years of the Swedish Pirate Party * Police raid on The Pirate Bay servers ** 2006 general election *** FRA legislation is passed by the riksdag **** Events related to the trial of the founders of The Pirate Bay Sharp declines can be attributed to a one year renewal period, causing inactive members to be automatically removed (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pirate_Party_%28Sweden%29) Presented by Catherine Howe, Chief Executive Public-i
  22. 22. Imagine a Virtual Town Hall A permanent civic space which will provide an online space for democratic activity Manage identity within this space Somewhere where citizens can take an equal part in shaping the outcomes of their engagement: a co-created space Not a website – a web space which brings in content from the existing social web and connects it with democratic activities and outcomes Presented by Catherine Howe, Chief Executive Public-i
  23. 23. Case Studies EU research project UK pilot Presented by Catherine Howe, Chief Executive Public-i
  24. 24. So how we respond? We concentrate on what we are good at – councils are not social spaces so don’t try to be – no-one wants to be your friend Listen – the conversation is already happening – you just need to find it Provide the right support – and leave the content to the citizens Organise geographically – not institutionally Presented by Catherine Howe, Chief Executive Public-i
  25. 25. And how does Government need to change? Ensure that 'Local' is user defined – its not about you! Build an environment for co-creation Unlock the potential within Councils - trust officers to engage Create the idea of Councillor 2.0 Change gears to work at a speed closer to that of the internet: this means taking risks Presented by Catherine Howe, Chief Executive Public-i
  26. 26. How do we build this? Do not compromise on democratic principles - accountability is essential even if its not web 2.0 friendly in terms of identity Build an idea of better citizens - and help people to embrace this Build the spaces which are needed to enable this to happen Build beyond the next trend: think of Civic Architecture Presented by Catherine Howe, Chief Executive Public-i
  27. 27. Thank you for your time ……and more importantly….what do you think??? Catherine.Howe@public-i.info Curiouscatherine.wordpress.com www.public-i.info Presented by Catherine Howe, Chief Executive Public-i 28 Citizenscape a product by Public-i | Presented to Client x

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