The Practical Democracy Project is a series of events dedicated to looking at how technology can best be used to make every-day improvements to the democratic process – with a particular focus on policy-making at local and central government levels.
The overall aim of the Practical Democracy Project is to design the ‘ultimate democracy user-journey’. On one side, we’ll be mapping out in practical terms how to create the best democratic user-journey for citizens, using technologies that dominate people’s everyday lives; on the other side, we’ll be mapping out the optimal user-journey for government officials/policy makers/elected officials. The key point being that democratic processes are a two-sided affair, which need to be optimised for both citizens and government if they’re to work.
We’ll be running the Practical Democracy Project as an ongoing series of events held around the UK – with off-shoots (hopefully, if anyone’s interested!) in the US, Australia and New Zealand too.
Event topic ideas
- Well-designed democracy: UX design in policy-making
- Scale or no scale: how to scale public participation using technology
- Security and identity in democratic processes: when to care the user isn’t really a dog
- Process management: tips on running a rock solid policy consultation management process and how to avoid judicial review
- Designing the ultimate democracy user-journey
- Others??? (suggestions welcome!)
The first of the events in the series will take place on the morning of Tuesday 27th June (2017) at Newspeak House (London) – from 8.30am to 10.30am.
How to get involved
The Practical Democracy Project is very much a civic tech community project, and we’re looking for others to get involved.
- Suggesting topics to run events around
- Suggesting speakers
- Participating in the events yourself