Democracy and participation, Communities

Boosting active citizenship by shadowing policy …


Who is behind this?

Serban Oncescu

Asociatia Civicus Romania


Who is joining forces?

Asociatia Coolturala "Noua ne pasa!!!"




Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

Pilot an info-kiosk type device and soft, to boost citizens participation in decision making.
Log in by scanning ID card, only for registered voters, voting initiatives and proposing new ones, queuing by nr. of votes. Thus own responsibility and no moderators as for platforms.
First step in shadowing public administration of small communities, then IT participatory democracy and elimination of Local Council.
Advantage in placing device in public places and boost debate on public issues.

Where will your idea take place?

research chosen small community, willing to participate into pilot - Romania

Why does Europe need your idea?

Low active citizenship in EU, lack of interest in public matters, lack of participation due to the feeling that involvement doesn't pay out.
Hatching transition from representative system to the citizen participatory system of democracy

What is your impact?

Develop a tool to boost participation of citizens in decision making in small communities at first, determined by a sociological research.
Placing it in strategic points to stimulate debate
Pressure on public authority to stick to citizen's interest and eventually to switch from representative decision towards community decision using IT means
After the pilot phase, evaluation of impact and consequently scaling up

How do you get there?

First develop a device and soft to make possible logging by ID card and linking to local authority database, visualize decision proposals and vote for them and even propose new decisions.
Second making a sociological research for choosing most willing small community, gain citizens' and public administration support and placing devices in strategic places to stimulate debating and voting.
At first shadowing public policy making with the result of giving a feed-back from citizens and comparing community will to policy makers' choice.
After evaluation, scaling up the project in order to prepare the transition to participatory decision making.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

Our target group are citizens of small research chosen communities, local authorities at first.
In the scaling up phase, best practice will be promoted to more communities at EU level.
In principle, this instrument aims to involve citizens in community decision in small communities, teaching them to participate.
IT allows a large participation and it is a shame not to use it in active citizenship.
It also permits by placing kiosks in public spaces to stimulate debate among citizens.

What makes your idea stand apart?

The idea of breaking representative democracy chains by using IT will lead to a real boost in civic participation.
Individuals will have their word in any policy, first at local level and eventually at national and EU level.

€ 49000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 49000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

software developing 5000, device acquiring 2x9000=18000, sociological research for finding adequate pilot community most opened to change - 9000, installation/service/training 3500 - travel expenses 3500 and public relations 1000, accommodation 2000, personnel costs 4500, administrative 1000, info/visibility/sensitivity campaigns/local debates 1500



Idea created on March 5, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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