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Democratic Lottery – A Guide to Sortition

According to some experts, ‘Sortition’ could eventually replace elected politicians altogether. In reality, it is already in use alongside elections – quietly revolutionising the way political decisions are made. But what exactly is it?

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6 Participation Tools That Use AI

A number of Democracy technology platforms are taking advantage of the recent boom in AI to introduce new features and enhance existing ones. Here's a look at some great examples.

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Making Political Primaries More Democratic

Can alternative voting methods help to make political primaries more democratic, while also reducing the risk posed by polarising candidates?

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Doing Deliberative Democracy Right

What does good practice in deliberative democracy and open government look like, in practice? Democracy Technologies took the OECD’s 11 point checklist of Good Practice Principles and checked them against the Barcelona Youth Forum.

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Six Advantages of Digital Citizen Participation 

What does it take to get more citizens involved in democratic processes? Participation Factory outlines the key benefits of using digital tools to boost the breadth and quality of citizen participation while optimising valuable resources.

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4 Common Myths About Digital Participation 

Based on lessons learned in Ghana's Shama District - Participation Factory shares insights about common myths about digital participation and what expectations it can and can’t fulfil

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Delegative Democracy: An Introduction

Confusing terminology aside, we need to talk about the delegation of political authority, why it’s a big deal, and how it could impact political participation as democracy goes digital.

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The Underestimated Impact of School Participatory Budgeting

Participatory budgets (PBs) are usually open for the entire community to take part in – but there can be real advantages to starting with a smaller-scale school participatory budget.

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What Is Systematic Participation and Why Should You Care?

Systematic Participation is a new approach to community engagement that goes beyond ad-hoc projects. Despite an increase in participatory budgeting and other participatory initiatives, participation efforts of local governments often fall short due to insufficient planning and inadequate infrastructure.

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Digital Tools to Help Political Parties

Democracy technologies aren't just for managing deliberative and participatory processes, they can also be used to build, manage and grow political parties. Here are a few examples of tools that might help.

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4 Common Administrative Hurdles to Digital Participation

Successful participation projects are about engaging your community. But they also require you to get your own administration on your side – which is not always all that simple.

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What Municipalities and Developers Need to Know About Working Together

Developers and local governments are increasingly becoming partners in the development and implementation of democracy technology. But there can sometimes be a gulf in understanding that needs to be overcome. Here’s a few things to bear in mind before you begin.

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5 Reasons to Avoid Online-Only Participation

Digital tools have the capacity to widen participation. But the most successful projects don't rely exclusively on digital formats.

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4 Useful Resources on Digital Participation Tools

Choosing the right tool can be a tricky part of planning a participation project. Here are four useful resources which should help you get oriented, including a database that we have just launched.

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Top 5 Advantages of Digital Participation

Participatory processes allow governments to map the needs of citizens and involve them in policy and decision-making processes that affect their lives, enabling the design of development strategies in line with the needs of local people.

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