This is the first installment of our two-part blog series by Participedia Research Associate Lucy Parry. Lucy worked with Participedia from March 2016 to September 2017 as a research assistant employed at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra. Since then she has worked on various aspects of the project formally and informally.
Jun 5 '18
Note: the following entry is a stub. Please help us complete it. Problems and Purpose In most modern day democracies, serving on a jury is the most common form of institutionalized public participation outside of voting. Due process and trial by a jury of one's peers are now central democratic...
Jun 5 '18
Occupy Vancouver has developed an adaptation of the Spokes Council model. The Spokes Council model is a structure for democratic process that has been used for many years. It has been employed by many organizations and struggles including the Zapatistas, Chaipas, the Women’s Movement, Anti-Nuclear Movement, and Global Justice Movement...
May 17 '18
Mar 23 '18
Definition A Town Hall is a meeting where members of a community come to discuss relevant issues and concerns, with a public official, government representative or decision-maker of some sort  . Participants are able to ask questions of officials, and officials have the opportunity to learn about the community’s...
Mar 22 '18
Definition An expert advisory panel is a group of appointed experts selected to provide advice on a specific issue, particularly issues requiring technical knowledge and expertise such as scientific issues  . The members of the panel should be independent from government or decision-makers, and their advice is provided as...
Mar 15 '18
Facebook Live is a free service from Facebook where individuals and organisations can share a live video broadcast with an audience. Viewers can interact with the broadcast through 'reacting' and commenting on it.
Mar 14 '18
A Twitter chat is a online conversation held on Twitter, focusing on a topic and linked together through the use of a specific hashtag which enables people to follow what is being said and join. Twitter chats have been utilised as a public engagement on tool on topics such as...
Mar 14 '18
Roundtable Discussions are small group discussions where all participants are given equal opportunity to participate and express viewpoints. They can involve citizens, advocates and experts/professional, either together or separately.
Mar 8 '18
Definition The Pittsfield School District discovered they needed to re-vamp their school systems. With a grant from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation they started research into how they could transform their schools. The main focus was designing a community conversation to help uncover the underlying issues and develop possible solutions...
Feb 21 '18
Local-to-local (L2L) Dialogues are a method of participatory development which are developed locally by grassroots organisations to promote women's empowerment. L2L aims to establish ongoing dialogues between marginalised women and local decision-making authorities.