Ministry of Space (Ministarstvo prostora)
The main objective of this project is to broaden the ways citizens can interact with their local authorities, thus influencing the decision-making processes. Accordingly, we aim to build a tool that will enable governments to publish understandable and citizen-oriented budgets. In addition, we will create budget schools and participation labs in our communities, believing that creative IT solutions, with committed local governments, can strengthen local participation and democratic processes.
We'll start implementing the project in Budapest, Messina, Belgrade and Zagreb.
The lack of democratic legitimacy of EU can be filled strengthening citizenship through participation in monitoring local budgets in order to:
understand common transnational issues;
share narratives of local initiatives that tackles those issues;
reach point of no-return in good practices.
In a year from now, there will be two basic outcomes:
1) Well trained local communities of practice that can monitor the budgets and foster further participation empowered with
2) a tool created by themselves that allow them to run effective participatory processes and advocacy campaigns.
We will organize a multistakeholder school of citizenship, during an entire budget cycle time span, which will be implemented in different local contexts. The school steps will allow peers to co-create a modular tool, while building the knowledge they need to:
understand the municipal budget;
introduce storytelling on monitored budget processes and advocate for even more detailed budget information disclosure;
be part of the participatory processes during the entire budget cycle phases.
We want to: 1) bring the transparency of public spending together with participatory budget processes; 2) Fill the existing gap between online and face-to-face engagement. Coming with different professional backgrounds, we have already prototyped this idea, making us feel enthusiastic to continue.
- Local decision makers who would like to open the government.
- Citizens who don’t have insights into the operation of their municipalities, but would be eager to participate.
- Activists who need a strong tool to advocate for a change.
- Local press facing the data driven journalism transition.
What similar projects are you aware of? What kind of participatory features do you think can be included in a platform dealing with budget participatory processes at the local level?