Recently I’ve been thinking a fair bit about the ‘participation deficit’ – the fact that too few people are contributing too much to society. It’s what informed my post about my view that we need more councillors.
No even half baked views or ideas yet, I’m afraid, though I’m mulling over whether to have a discussion session about this on Saturday’s GovCamp.
In discussion on Twitter about this, though, Anthony pointed me to an excellent (if lengthy!) slidedeck he has put together which includes stacks of interesting research.
Also relevant is his paper on how better engagement can save money for councils:
Democracy Pays White Paper
It strikes me, collecting these online resources and chatting online with people about issues, that we lack a decent platform to really discuss and collaborate on ideas like this. A sort of mixture between a research tool and a discussion platform.
What does it need?
- The ability to clip, store and share articles, posts and documents like Evernote
- The ability to easily share thoughts ideas and arguments blog-style
- The ability to draw in discussions on other platforms, whether twitter, external blogs etc
- To be able to comment on any of the above
- A neat way of browsing through content and examine how it all relates to each other, similar to a mind map or Google’s wonder wheel
Does this already exist? Am not sure it does!
…is the title of a startlingly well written and interesting paper from Anthony Zacharzewski of the Democratic Society.
Download it here (PDF warning).