Category Archives: Participation

Citizen Participation Resources

We believe that civic engagement, or including people in your governing process, is important to your success. Whether you’re a government organisation or a business, connecting with your communities will benefit both you and your community. But getting started with … Continue reading

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Children’s life world as a perspective on their citizenship

The latest childhood studies present children’s citizenship as a process of  engaging in matters related to children themselves in their everyday lives.  However, only a few studies have been conducted on what those issues are and what they actually tell … Continue reading

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A New Weave of Power, People & Politics: An Action Guide

A New Weave of Power, People & Politics provides a well-tested approach for building people’s participation and collective power that goes beyond influencing policy and politics to transforming public decision-making altogether. Based on 25 years of participatory research, community development, … Continue reading

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Youth participation and community change

Read Young people become empowered by their participation in the institutions and decisions that affect their lives–which in turn can lead to real positive change in the community. Youth Participation and Community Change presents leading authorities providing the latest research … Continue reading

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The governance of problems: puzzling, powering, participation

Read Policy analysis usually gives more attention to problem solving than problem finding and there is a real threat of mismatch between problem perceptions by citizens and problem definition by their elected and appointed policy makers. Contemporary democracies need to … Continue reading

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User-Created-Content – Supporting a Participative Information Society

Read There are at least six reasons why User Created Content is relevant for a participative information society: • First of all, the amount of user created content is growing quickly and is starting to become a substitute for other … Continue reading

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Local Democracy, Rural Community, and Participatory School Governance

Read This article considers the indigenization of democracy by conceptualizing participatory deliberative decision-making practice as a tool to strengthen the functioning of local schools and to enhance democratic responsiveness within communities. Drawing on case-studies of bottom-up approaches to school governance, … Continue reading

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Governance, Complexity and Democratic Participation

This article applies complexity theory to urban governance. It is argued that expert-based, hierarchical-instrumental policy making encounters insurmountable obstacles in modern liberal democracies. One of the root causes of this erosion of output legitimacy is the complexity of social systems. … Continue reading

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Currents of change: Exploring relationships between teaching, learning and development – Participatory and transformative education

“I think participatory education is about transforming people. And transformative education is the process in which we, first of all, challenge power relations in order to create a safe environment so that different voices can emerge and be heard—but we … Continue reading

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Situated learning: legitimate peripheral participation

Situated learning: legitimate peripheral participation In this important theoretical treatise, Jean Lave, anthropologist, and Etienne Wenger, computer scientist, push forward the notion of situated learning–that learning is fundamentally a social process and not solely in the learner’s head. The authors … Continue reading

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