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A global community sharing knowledge and stories about public participation and democratic innovations

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Participedia’s searchable database is for anyone - from the armchair researcher to the social scientist. The platform was collaboratively designed by an international research partnership to connect and bolster their work on participatory democracy with publicly crowdsourced knowledge.

Participedia was founded by Archon Fung (Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University) and Mark E. Warren (Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia), and is guided by a set of standing committees.

Participedia is open to anyone. Our members include people of all backgrounds, nationalities, and professions. From policy analysts to professors, activists to teachers, Participedia is a place for anyone interested in democratic participation. Our community is at the heart of our endeavour: by joining up, you too can help build this growing resource by editing existing entries or publishing new content on public participation.

Participedia is built on a global partnership between organizations, institutions, and individuals who share an interest in participatory politics and governance. Our partners include co-applicants and collaborators under the SSHRC Partnership Grant. Please contact us if you would like to support the Participedia Project's global mission to expand the use and knowledge of democratic innovation by becoming a partner.

Mark E. Warren, Participedia Project Director and Co-founder
Department of Political Science / Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions
University of British Columbia
Archon Fung, Participedia Co-founder
Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
Harvard University
Eileen Alma
Coady International Institute
St. Francis Xavier University
Julia Abelson
Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis
McMaster University
Marco Adria
Centre for Public Involvement
University of Alberta
Giovanni Allegretti
Centro de Estudo Sociais
Universidade de Coimbra
Joanna Ashworth
Centre for Sustainable Development
Simon Fraser University
Leonardo Avritzer
Department of Political Science
Federal University of Minas Gerais
Michael Burgess
W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics
University of British Columbia
Simone Chambers
Department of Political Science
University of California, Irvine
Nancy C. Doubleday
Department of Philosophy
McMaster University
Luciana Duranti
InterPARES Trust
School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies
University of British Columbiat
John Dryzek
Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis
University of Canberra
Amber Frid-Jimenez
Studio for Extensive Aesthetics / Design + Dynamic Media
Emily Carr University of Art + Design
John Gastil
The McCourtney Institute for Democracy
Pennsylvania State University
John Gaventa
Institute of Development Studies
University of Sussex
Baogang He
International Studies
Deakin University
Bonny Ibhawoh
Department of History
McMaster University
Jan-Hendrik Kamlage
Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI)
Research College / University of Duisburg-Essen
Paul Kingston
Centre for Critical Development Studies
University of Toronto-Scarborough
Rodolfo Lewanski
Department of Political and Social Sciences
University of Bologna
Peter Loewen
Munk School of Global Affairs
University of Toronto
Françoise Montambeaul
Centre d'études et de recherches internationals (CÉRIUM)
Centre for International Studies
Universite de Montreal
Tina Nabatchi
Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC)
Maxwell School, Syracuse University
Patrizia Nanz
Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)
University of Potsdam
Laurence Piper
Department of Political Science
University of the Western Cape
Thamy Pogrebinschi
Research Unit Democracy and Democratization
WZB Berlin Social Science Center
Robert C. Richards, Jr.
University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service
Matthew Ryan
Centre for Citizenship, Governance and Globalization
University of Southampton
Graham Smith
Centre for the Study of Democracy
University of Westminster
Paolo Spada
Centro de Estudo Sociais
Universidade de Coimbra
Dietlind Stolle
Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship
McGill University
Bettina von Lieres
Centre for Critical Development Studies
University of Toronto-Scarborough
Melissa Williams
Department of Political Science
University of Toronto
Jirong Yan
Co-Innovation Center for State Governance
Institute of Political Development and Governance
Peking University
Xiaojin Zhang
Department of Political Science
Tsinghua University
André Bächtiger
Department of Political Theory and Empirical Study of Democracy
Universität Stuttgart
Kaustuv Bandyopadhyay
Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA)
Edana Beauvais
Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship
Department of Political Science
McGill University
Claudia Feres Faria
Department of Political Science
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Dustin Garrick
Department of Political Science and Booth School of Engineering Practice
McMaster University
Katherine Gillieson
Design + Dynamic Media
Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Jez Hall
PB Partners
Sandy Heierbacher
National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation
David Hume
Ministry of Citizens' Services and Open Government
Government of British Columbia
David Kahane
Department of Political Science
University of Alberta
Katie Knobloch
Communication Studies
Colorado State University
Julien Landry
Coady International Institute
St Francis Xavier University
Matt Leighninger
Yankelovich Center for Public Judgment
Public Agenda
Michael MacKenzie
Department of Political Science
University of Pittsburgh
Marjorie Correa Marona
Department of Political Science
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Ricardo Fabrino Mendonça
Department of Political Science
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Tiago Peixoto
ICT4Gov Program
World Bank Institute
Marcus Abílio Gomes Pereira
Department of Political Science
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Hollie Russon-Gilman
Open Technology Institute
University of Southampton
Alexandra Samuel
Eleonora Schettini Cunha
Department of Political Science
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Eduardo Moreira da Silva
Department of Political Science
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Leonardo Barros Soares
Department of Political Science
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Joanna Wilson
Department of Biology
McMaster University
Sule Yaylaci
Department of Sociology
University of British Columbia
Changdong Zhang
Department of Political Science
Peking University
University of British Columbia
Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions
Vancouver, Canada
Harvard University
Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
Cambridge, United States
Coady International Institute
St. Francis Xavier University
Antigonish, Canada
Deliberative Democracy Consortium
Washington, United States
Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Studio for Extensive Aesthetics / Design + Dynamic Media
Vancouver, Canada
International Observatory on Participatory Democracy
Barcelona, Spain
Kulturwissenschaftlichen Institut Essen (KWI)
Essen, Germany
McGill University
Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship
Montréal, Québec
McMaster University
Office of Research and International Affairs
Hamilton, Ontario
Nanyang Technological University
Public Policy and Global Affairs Programme
Singapore
National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation
Boston, Massachusetts
Peking University
Co-Innovation Center for State Governance
Institute of Political Development and Governance
Beijing, China
Pennsylvania State University
The McCourtney Institute for Democracy
Pennsylvania, United States
Regional Authority for the Promotion of Participation (APP)
Regional Council of Tuscany
Firenze, Italia
Syracuse University
Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC)
Syracuse, New York
Simon Fraser University
Centre for Sustainable Development
Burnaby, Canada
Tsinghua University
Department of Political Science
Beijing, China
Universidade de Coimbra
Centro de Estudo Sociais
Coimbra, Portugal
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Departamento de Ciência Política
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
University of Alberta
Centre for Public Involvement
Edmonton, Canada
University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service
Little Rock, United States
Università di Bologna
Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche e Sociali
Bologna, Italy
University of British Columbia
InterPARES Trust
Vancouver, Canada
University of British Columbia
W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics
Vancouver, Canada
University of Canberra
Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis
Canberra, Australia
Université de Montreal
Centre d'études et de recherches internationals (CÉRIUM)
Montreal, Canada
University of Southampton
Centre for Citizenship, Globalisation and Governance (C2G2)
Southampton, United Kingdom
University of Toronto
Centre for Ethics
Toronto, Canada
University of Toronto-Scarborough
Centre for Critical Development Studies
Toronto, Canada
University of the Western Cape
Department of Political Studies
Bellville, South Africa
University of Westminster
Centre for the Study of Democracy
London, United Kingdom
World Bank Institute
ICT4Gov Program
Washington, United States
WZB Berlin Social Science Center
Research Unit Democracy and Democratization
Berlin, Germany

Participedia’s committees are comprised of project co-investigators and collaborators and are headed by a nominated chairperson who sits on the executive committee.

Participedia's executive committee comprises the chairs of each standing committee and it's meetings are open to any member of our extended team or co-signatories to the project's SSHRC Partnership Grant (co-investigators, collaborators, and administrative representative of partner institutions).

Marco Adria, Chair, Communication & Knowledge Mobilization Committee
Centre for Public Involvement
University of Alberta
Amber Frid-Jimenez, Participedia Design Lead and Chair, Design & Technology Committee
Faculty of Design + Dynamic Media and Director, Studio for Extensive Aesthetics
Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Archon Fung, Co-Founder
Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
Harvard University
Patrick L. Scully, (member ex officio), Managing Director
Matt Ryan, Chair, Research Design Committee
Centre for the Study of Democracy
University of Westminster
Joanna Ashworth and Bettina Von Lieres, Co-Chairs, Teaching, Training and Mentoring Committee
Centre for Sustainable Development
Simon Fraser University
Centre for Critical Development Studies
University of Toronto-Scarborough
Mark E. Warren, Participedia Project Director and Co-Founder
Department of Political Science / Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions
University of British Columbia

The Design & Technology Team uses participatory design methods to research and respond to the needs and goals of the Participedia community and is responsible for developing and testing the open source Participedia.net platform. The open source codebase for the platform is available on Github. The D&T Team is committed to equity, diversity, inclusion and student mentorship, and operates out of the Studio for Extensive Aesthetics at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Its members, including student and professional designers and technologists, contribute to the design and development of Participedia under the leadership of Emily Carr faculty member Amber Frid-Jimenez, Canada Research Chair in Art and Design Technology and Director of the Studio for Extensive Aesthetics.

Amber Frid-Jimenez, Design & Technology Team Lead & Art Director
Jesi Carson, Lead Designer & Communities Coordinator
Katherine Gillieson, Lead Graphic Designer
Stephan Garneau, Designer
Dethe Elza, Lead Developer
Andrea Del Rio, Designer & Developer
Alanna Scott, Developer
Sam Jiang, Designer & Developer
Kushal Goenka, Developer
Lydia Prince, Developer
David Ascher, Tech Lead
Patrick Scully, Managing Director
Scott Fletcher, Managing Editor

The communication and knowledge mobilization committee advises the executive committee on the planning, implementing, and refining of communications between research partners. The committee also advises on the optimization of external communications with and among the Participedia community by supporting the development of content for the website, newsletter, and social media channels.

Marco Adria, Co-investigator & Committee Chair
Centre for Public Involvement
University of Alberta
Jesi Carson, Lead Designer & Communities Coordinator
Studio for Extensive Aesthetics
Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Sandy Heierbacher, Co-investigator
National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation
Matt Leighninger, Co-investigator
Yankelovich Center for Public Judgment
Public Agenda
Paolo Spada, Co-investigator
Centro de Estudo Sociais
Universidade de Coimbra
Secchi Michelangelo, Research Assistant
Centro de Estudo Sociais
University of Coimbra
Scott Fletcher, Managing Editor
Department of Political Science / Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions
University of British Columbia

The teaching, training, and mentoring committee is responsible for integrating Participedia materials into pedagogy, teaching, student involvement, and training resources for practitioners and public officials.

Joanna Ashworth, Co-investigator
Centre for Sustainable Development
Simon Fraser University
Ibhawoh Bonny, Co-investigator
Department of History
McMaster University
Katie Knobloch, Collaborator
Department of Communication
Colorado State University
Julien Landry, Collaborator
Coady International Institute
St Francis Xavier University
Marjorie Correa Marona, Collaborator
Department of Political Science
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Françoise Montambeaul, Co-investigator
Département de science politique
Université de Montréal
Tina Nabatchi, Co-investigator
Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC)
Syracuse University/Maxwell School
Laurence Piper, Co-investigator
Department of Political Science
University of the Western Cape
Matthew Ryan, Co-investigator
Centre for Citizenship, Governance and Globalization
University of Southampton
Timothy Shaffer
Department of Communication Studies
Kansas State University
Nancy Thomas
Institute for Democracy & Higher Education
Tufts U
Bettina von Lieres, Co-investigator
Centre for Critical Development Studies
University of Toronto-Scarborough
Ethan Way, Research Assistant
University of Toronto-Scarborough

The research design committee sets the strategic direction of Participedia’s research agenda.

Leonardo Avritzer, Co-investigator
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Selen Ercan
University of Canberra
Matt Leighninger, Collaborator
Deliberative Democracy Consortium / Public Agenda
Peter Loewen, Co-investigator
University of Toronto
Michael MacKenzie, Collaborator
University of Pittsburgh
Patrizia Nanz, Co-investigator
Research College / University of Duisburg-Essen
Lucy Parry, Research Associate
University of Canberra
Matthew Ryan, Co-investigator
University of Southampton
Graham Smith, Co-investigator
University of Westminster
Dietlind Stolle, Co-investigator
McGill University
Mark E. Warren, Project Director, Co-Founder and Principal Investigator
Department of Political Science / Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions
University of British Columbia

Participedia is currently supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) through a five-year Partnership Grant beginning in April 2015.

The Design & technology Team operates out of the Studio for Extensive Aesthetics at Emily Carr University of Art & Design, and is supported by the Canada Research Chairs Programand the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

Translation management software for this website is provided by PhraseApp.

The project was previously funded by a two-year SSHRC Partnership Grant from April 2011-2013. An earlier version of the Participedia website included a prototype for German language functionality, developed under the generous support of the Bertelsmann Foundation in 2012.

Participedia's core team of staff members maintain day-to-day operations, support the community, and ensure project goals are continually attained and refined.

Jesi Carson, Lead Designer & Communities Coordinator
Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Dethe Elza, Lead Developer
Scott Fletcher, Managing Editor
University of British Columbia
Rebecca Monnerat, Project Manager
University of British Columbia
Alanna Scott, Developer
Patrick L. Scully, Managing Director
Mark E. Warren, Project Director, Co-Founder and Principal Investigator
Department of Political Science / Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions
University of British Columbia

Content

Participedia offers a searchable database of content related to worldwide public participation. Please read our guidelines on how to write entries or contact our managing editor for more information.

Entries about cases document specific uses of methods of public participation. Cases can be contemporary or historical, completed, or ongoing.

  • For example, this case on Paris’s 2017 Participatory Budget is one of over 160 case entries documenting the use of participatory methods to give citizens stronger influence over the distribution of public resources.

Entries about methods provide information on the overarching processes used to guide public participation, such as citizens’ juries, deliberative polling, participatory budgeting, and many more.

  • For example, the 21st Century Town Meeting method allows a large number of people to deliberate simultaneously in small-groups using audience response technology.

Entries about tools and techniques provide information on the techniques, mechanisms, and devices used to implement, guide, or improve participatory methods.

Entries about organizations provide profiles of formal and informal groups that design, implement, or support participatory innovations.

  • For example, Apathy is Boring is a Canadian NGO that uses methods of participatory arts and democratic education to engage youth in politics.

The Teaching & Learning Resource Center provides resources for undergraduate and graduate classroom settings, as well as professional development resources for practitioners, civil society organizations, and NGOs. Resources range from course syllabi and class assignments, to handbooks, simulations, and multi-media training material. You can submit teaching resources here.