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Fwd: [DW] FT: The world watches Reykjavik’s digital democracy experiment - Participatory Budgeting

Bill Peduto used to talk about value-based budgets. Not hearing much about that these days. 

But, water is a value so let's make new overloards for water authority.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Steven Clift

Democracies Online
*Is your community exploring Participatory budgeting? Let us know

The *Financial Times* just wrote an interesting *article on community idea
generation and participatory budgeting* in
Reykjavik, Iceland.
The City of Reykjavik just finished their 6th yearly round which allocates
about 6% of the city budget on community improvement projects - that's over
$20M total over the years. Turnout was up 20 percent to a high of 11% of
people voting via participatory budgeting (with over half completing the
process via a mobile optimized experience). Reykjavik uses Your Priorities
to gather and vet public ideas and then a more secure online voting system
than you'll likely find with many other PB projects due to the scale of
Both tools are open source, but in this case and with governments in other
countries , the lead nonprofit Citizens Foundation
citizensfoundation> can do the hosting, manage a locally
hosted server, or build out any desired customizations. A new AI tool is
also mixed in to raise up useful content.
If you'd like to learn more, participate in a webinar on tools for PB or
idea generation, *please fill out this form* .
And check out this dynamic discussion about participatory budgeting
on the civic tech Facebook Group that I host.
I've been in the civic tech space for over twenty years and the humble,
make it simple, make it work Citizens Foundation approach is such a winner
that my nonprofit decided to partner with them on global outreach. So
please share this with those you think would be interested.
Steven Clift
P.S.* Civic digital advertising outreach case study
* - The other week at the Council of Europe's
Participatory Democracy Incubator for cities, Robert Bjarnason
with the Citizens Foundation and I had a chance
to catch up. In one of those "ah ha" moments (at the bar of course!), he
mentioned that they invested heavily in online advertising via Facebook and
some with Google Adwords. Spending about 13,000 Euros they reached just
about everyone in Iceland recently. They tested and tracked different civic
messaging and know what led to wasted paid visits and what led to actual
deep participation. I pressed Robert to write a case study and he agreed!
You can request the future case study and more information on their digital
tools here .
Steven Clift - Executive Director,
[email protected]
Join in:​/groups​/opengovgroup
Digital engagement for your org via E-Democracy:

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