Participants' ideas for participatory democracy
These are ideas that were suggested by participants as to how government could achieve a digitally supported participatory democracy.
Big bold ideas!
- Make access to government as inclusive as possible by giving free access to all govt.nz websites and data (like Work and Income does). Why should people have to pay to engage with government?
- Gamify democratic interactions and government participation — how can we make it fun? (Gamification is the process of taking something that already exists — a website, an enterprise application, an online community — and integrating game mechanics into it to motivate participation.)
- Provide digital community hubs where people can participate.
- Become ‘agency-agnostic’ to solve problems — let’s collaborate as OneGov!
- Trial citizen juries to develop ideas for social issues — these can be supported through both digital and non-digital channels.
- Trial legislative duty (like jury duty) — people get to have a week in the life of an MP.
- Innovative partnerships — government working with NGOs, open source societies.
- Blockchain — investigate the possibilities available for open delivery of information, while maintaining the integrity of the original intent.
- Augmented reality as a way to bring people excluded or in remote areas into the conversation.
- Trial participatory budgeting on a small scale, for example 5% of a recreation budget with a local council.
- Civics education — to help people understand government from an early age.
- Review the process and conventions for discussion documents. They can be a barrier to early engagement and not many people (the public or public servants) like them.
- Offer secondments for citizens into the public sector.
- Putting the Bills to go before Parliament online for people to vote on priority.