CivicBudget: Platform for Participatory Budgeting
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In January 2016 international consortium (INRIA and Missions Publiques from France, Berkley/Citris from the US, nexus from Germany) has started the project CivicBudget aimed to develop an Internet-based participatory budgeting (PB) platform. PB is gaining widespread acceptance as a tool for urban engagement, with recent applications in Europe (e.g., Paris, Rome, Lisbon, Berlin, London, etc.) and USA (e.g., Vallejo, San Francisco, St Louis, Boston, etc.). Unfortunately, current civic PB platforms are limited in mechanisms that motivate people to participate, allow them to collaborate or arrive at consensus. Moreover, PB relies almost only on the public administration which is often overloaded with organizing and conducting the process and lack the resources.
CivicBudget' design and open-source code is aimed at the collaboration between residents, city municipality and organised civil society in order to make CivicBudget socially relevant, usable and low-cost. In a nutshell, CivicBudget platform enables the implementation of the key public budgeting functionalities: proposal making, collaboration, versioning, voting, monitoring. The work builds upon the AppCivist middleware platform jointly developed by the Social Apps Lab at UC Berkeley CITRIS and Inria@Siliconevalley.
nexus is drawing on its experiences in citizen participation in Germany to identify user needs and market chances. For this we will do, first, a market scanning in Germany and Europe, second, approach and involve municipalities in CivicBudget’s design. Furthermore, nexus aims to find cities in Germany to pilot the new platform.
Funding Agency: EIT digital (H2020)
Project Lifetime: 01/2016 – 12/2016
Researchers: Christoph Henseler , Miglé Bareikyte, Carsten Herzberg