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[liberationtech] Civic-Activism Tools & Methods | Help needed!
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Tue Jun 10 09:14:04 PDT 2014
From: Tim Hughes <tim at involve.org.uk>
*Involve <http://www.involve.org.uk> and the Building Change Trust
<http://www.buildingchangetrust.org> are collecting examples of tools and
methods that can be used by civil society organisations to enable and
support civic activism (i.e. involving citizens in decision making
processes). We need your help.*
*Please consider taking a few minutes to tell us about a tool or method you
use or know of by completing this short form:*
Alternatively, please email any suggestions of tools or methods we should
We are particularly interested in tools or methods that can be used by a
civil society organisation working at a local level (e.g. in rural,
suburban or urban communities) for the purpose of:
a) Involving citizens in the organisations own work; or
b) Enabling or supporting citizens to scrutinise and engage with government.
We want to find tools and methods that support six categories of
activities: [These categories are derived from Civicus's Participatory
- Public budgets - Enabling / supporting citizens to understand and
influence decisions about the allocation of public resources, monitor
public spending and hold government actors accountable for their management
of public financial resources.
- Public debate - Enabling / supporting citizens to be aware of their
civic rights and responsibilities, collectively deliberate on priority
issues and/or express their opinions and concerns.
- Public information - Enabling / supporting citizens to have access to
relevant information about government policies, decisions and actions.
- Public oversight - Enabling / supporting citizens to scrutinise the
conduct of politicians and public officials, identify corruption, oversee
public action, seek redress for injustices or misdeeds, ensure that
elections are free and fair and hold politicians accountable for their
- Public policy - Enabling / supporting citizens to engage
constructively with policy makers on public policy issues.
- Public services - Enabling / supporting citizens to monitor and
evaluate the accessibility, quality and efficiency of public services.
All of the tools and methods we collect will be published with the
intention that they are shared, used and reused to inform and inspire civil
society around the world. A selection of the tools and methods will be used
by the Building Change Trust and Involve in our work to support civic
activism and engagement in Northern Ireland, Britain and beyond.
We hope this will be a useful resource for everyone involved in the Open
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Many
thanks in advance for your help.
Open Government Programme Manager
t: 0207 336 9475 | m: 07841 133383 | e: tim at involve.org.uk | w:
twitter: @TimJHughes <http://www.twitter.com/timjhughes> | skype:
TimJHughes07 | linkedin: Tim Hughes
Involve | 33 Corsham Street | London | N1 6DR
Registered Charity No - 1130568
Check out Involve's contributions to the Open Government Guide: 'Citizen
Engagement' & 'Public Services' topics
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