London Openspace Notes on Digital Democracy: 28th March 2015
Computer –> mobile telephony –> community concerns
To promote engagement; not replace traditional methods like bums on seats in halls.
Involve more young people in civic life.
Experiment at Pembrokeshire College. Already had electronic suggestion box with 100 suggestions (but do they take any notice). When VocalEyes was added we got 30,000 suggestions. Who took notice?
It is a crowd sourcing idea: debate –> voting –> then individuals can commit to taking things forward. Track to monitor progress.
It works. Gets through the apathy of lack of engagement.
Platform that can be used by students, senior management, unions. It is an idea that might be in opposition to hierarchy. Can be taken forward to a Student Parliament or used to start a Working Group.