As part of the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation’s weekly series, Iceland’s Citizen Foundation, known as citizens.is, hosted a webinar to talk about their digital approach to democracy using the tool Your Priorities. In addition to explaining why Your Priorities was created and how it is used, Citizen Foundation discussed a number of recent use cases of the tool, from the French parliament to the Girraween Public School in Australia to neighborhood improvement efforts in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Notable quotes from the webinar were:
“A key factor is to make participation fun. Make it informational and educational, but it can’t be boring. People have too many other options, there’s competition for attention, so make it an enjoyable experience”
“Lower the barrier to reach more people and not just the usual suspects”
“It’s key to let people know about the effort, they can’t participate if they don’t know about it.”
“If you listen to the people, the people will listen to you.”
[In response to a question on how do you make participation fun?] “Complicated is how you kill fun, make it simple and use pictures!”
For more details, access the slideshow presentation that was used during the webinar.
NCDD members are able to access a recording of the webinar here.