What happens when a city creates a public platform for allocating $100 million dollars? People start to think about their neighborhoods differently. Learn about participatory political processes for decision-making and resource allocation in Reykjavík and Madrid. And with an authoritarian neighbor to press against, Taiwan created an open and transparent deliberative process for people to shape legislation. Arthur Smid will show us the municipal software created to support these processes. These open source projects have already been adapted by American cities. We’ll consider how design can facilitate consensus rather than division. Let’s explore this together and build the practices and software to support democracy.

Portland-based creator Travis Kriplean will share Consider.it, open source software he made for online dialogue. Consider.it helps communities by visualizing what people think and why, enabling large groups to civilly and efficiently align for action and/or identify significant points of departure. It has been used for civic deliberations hosted by the City of Seattle, participatory strategic planning by the Mozilla Foundation, decentralized governance by open source communities, and critical thinking in K12 education.

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