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Enable network-powered policy-making in the EU

The emergence of civic movements online shows us that thanks to digital means participation can be massively scaled up.  Well-designed digital spaces can create a flourishing environment for civic participation in the decision making. 

But how can we move from the stakeholder model to the open participatory model of public consultation?

Following on from the insightful webinar that took place on Friday 12 April, entitled Designing collective intelligence: The future of civic collaboration, we have now created this "nucleus" for a policy idea to enable network-powered policy-making in the EU. 

The new policy should focus on:

  • Enhancing citizens' skills essential for participation such as digital literacy, persuasive writing skills, attitude toward knowledge sharing in a life-long learning approach.
  • Building awareness of the emergent collective problem solving method approach (e.g. the benefit of asynchronous conversation is that it is difficult to highjack, participation threshold is much lower, conversation streams can bifurcate and merge again).
  • Increasing applied research on sense-making tools for understanding collective intelligence processes, e.g. social network analysis, opinion mining.
  • Continuous experimentation of network analysis in policy-making.
How to design the transition from the classical stakeholder model to participatory decision making?

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