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Budget Exercise

In April/May 2010, a group of 70 students at the University of Washington in Seattle used Zilino during an online deliberation as part of a class assignment.

The week-long process consisted of two phases:

During the first phase, which took three days, students were split into five groups of 14 students each. Each “table” was responsible for developing a concrete proposal for how to spend the class budget ($60) and whether to solicit donations to match that amount via $1 donations from students. Each group was instructed to write up a final proposal in 50 or fewer words using the collaborative notepad feature.

During the second phase, which took another three days, the five policy proposals were shared with the entire group and formed the basis for a general discussion. Students were encouraged to ask questions for clarification and to provide their feedback.

After the online deliberation had completed, the group met again in person in the classroom (exactly one week after launch) for a final round of presentations and discussion and a vote on how the money was going to be spent.

Additional information

Tools used

A list of tools that were used during this project: