…on something that’s already been done. Arrgghh!
Update 2009.05.02: I discover tonight that my presentation was wrong on one key point: that there weren’t any major experments in electronic/online participatory budgeting going on. Ha ha ha. I need to read more. Much more.
The online tool is Demos-Budget, interactive planning software — server-side database, users need nothing but a browser. It has a graphical interface with budget sliders.
The online trial elicited the following participation:
- 1861 registered users
- 15K visits
- 240K page views
- 757 discussion forum articles
- 1291 budgets with 914 text explanations
- 22 issue-specific wikis
City government was on board 100%, funding the project and committing to incorporating the results in the actual budget.
- Aggregate the data for regular users; have detailed data ready for those who request it.
- Expect gamers and gunners; get moderation.
- Integrate online and offline activities; they each make the other better.
- Participants have to know this isn’t just a game; make it count! Get the city on board!
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Hey! I presented today! It was fun! Thanks to all who attended. If you’d like a copy of the presentation, you can download that (in .pptx format) right here. The full paper is available in the conference proceedings. Enjoy!