Civic Intelligence

Pursuance Project

Organization's slogan: 
Pursuance -> Collaboration -> Justice
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Pursuance is open source software that enables individuals to organize in the pursuit of shared goals. Individuals and/or existing organizations can form or join a “pursuance” to work toward a common goal. Pursuances combine secure task management and discussion features, allowing newcomers to quickly get up to speed and enabling productive team-wide collaboration. Pursuances can interact with each other, cooperating on shared goals or assigning tasks to one another.

Organizational engagement: 
Active
Volunteer Opportunities: 
Come get involved! You can join us on our Mattermost chat server and volunteer your skills. We're especially on the lookout for: Developers (React) If you're a coder, and especially if you're proficient with React, we want you! Enter the "pursuance" Mattermost channel and tell us a bit about yourself. Pursuance's tech stack consists of React, Redux, Bootstrap; Go, Postgres, PostgREST; WebSockets; NaCl and miniLock for crypto. For more information, review the overview of the Pursuance system. Designers We're looking for designers and UX experts who can lend their keen eyes to the Pursuance team. Join us in the "pursuance" Mattermost channel and introduce yourself! Artists and creative types We're preparing a Kickstarter and trying to put together some great merch options for our backers. Handy with GIMP/Photoshop or Inkscape/Illustrator? Got an eye for creative product design? Have good ideas for designs that others can execute? Come on in to the "Creative Design" Mattermost channel and talk to us! Want other ways to get involved? There are other ways to support Pursuance: Donate to Pursuance! The Pursuance Project is a nonprofit organization of dedicated volunteers - it needs your financial support. Every bit helps! Join our Mailing List! Our monthly mails include updates on the platform's development and ways to get involved. Sign up here!
Contact information: 
team@pursuanceproject.org

democracyLab

Organization's slogan: 
Can Technology Save Democracy? We think so.
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What does Democracy Lab do?
 
We connect tech sector experts to civic issues they care about. 
 
A PLATFORM FOR CIVIC TECHNOLOGY
The civic tech movement is trying to invent the future.  It’s a future where every person can contribute to the decisions that affect them, where public services are delivered dynamically, and where collective intelligence fits in the palm of your hand.
Organizational engagement: 
Active
Organization's headquarters: 
Seattle
Organization's geographic focus: 
Seattle — currently.
Volunteer Opportunities: 
http://www.democracylab.org/get_involved DemocracyLab is building a transparent, collaborative, inclusive, civil, and meritocratic community dedicated to using technology to improve society. We use Slack to communicate (make sure to click on the word “Channels” in the left hand navigation after joining). We use Google Drive to store and share documentation of our work. We use Trello to organize our tasks and priorities. We use Github to manage our code (MIT open source license). We use Meetup to organize open, regularly scheduled meetings (in Seattle, WA). You can take a look at our Interactive Prototype to see the current design of our platform. We've launched a MVP version of our product. Take a look here!
Contact person: 
Mark Frischmuth

The Democracy Lab

Organization's slogan: 
The democracy lab is a think-tank and research centre that seeks to turn information into knowledge for citizens.
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Our mission is to turn information into knowledge for citizens Because we believe that the health of any democracy is directly proportional to the quality and quantity of citizen participation in governance Our Vision is more and better citizen participation in governance Which makes our objective to give as many citizens as possible the type and quality of knowledge they need to meaningfully participate in their own governance.

Organizational engagement: 
Active
Organization's headquarters: 
Latin America
Contact information: 
https://www.democracy-lab.org/contact/

Full LV Pattern Deck in Chinese (reduced filesize)

Resource name: 
full-lv-pattern-deck-chinese-reduced
Resource type: 
Pattern cards

Civic Intelligence Role Playing Games

Pattern ID: 
139
Discussion: 

 

Role Playing Games (RPGS) such a Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) combine storytelling with a set of rules that determine the abilities of the players and govern the interactions between the players and their environment. Essentially, RPGs allow the players to simulate imaginary scenarios and act them out. There are many elements of RPGs that are similar to elements of Civic Intelligence (CI). The development of a CI-RPG could allow roleplaying game methods to be applied for practical social justice problem solving and team building.

At the start of a game, the players in an RPG gather together to form a team which is usually called a “party.” Then they are often presented with a mission, a quest which the party will attempt to complete. Before each game, each player develops the character they will play, and determines the Skills and Attributes they will have. This is similar to the Capabilities found in Civic Intelligence.

In D&D there are six Attributes every player’s character has: Strength, Constitution, Dexterity, Intelligence, Wisdom and Charisma. For each character each of these Attributes will have a number value assigned to it (randomly), which measures how much of that particular Attribute the character has. Characters also have Skills, such as Concentration or Diplomacy, which correspond to certain Attributes. For example, a character with high Dexterity who has the Use Rope Skill will be very good at that Skill. The higher the corresponding Attribute the better a character will be at a particular skill.

Different characters will have different Skills and Attributes and a party must work together and combine their capabilities to be successful. A Civic Intelligence Roleplaying Game could allow a group of civic-minded people to explore ways to improve their individual operations and cooperative interactions by simulating problems and imagining potential solutions. Where traditional RPGs often serve as escapism, a CI-RPG would seek to replicate the real world and experiment in ways that might be too difficult or dangerous to perform in real life without rehearsal.

Categories: 
engagement
Categories: 
social
Categories: 
resources
Themes: 
Research for Action
Themes: 
Community Action
Themes: 
Theory
Themes: 
Case Studies
Pattern status: 
Draft

Community Oriented Social Media

Pattern ID: 
138
Rudyard
Discussion: 

Access to information and connections is essential to be successful in the 21st century. There is talk in many cities across the country of establishing municipal broadband- for example the grassroots organization “Upgrade Seattle” wants to “make the internet a city-owned and operated utility.” in Seattle.

 

A possible step further would be to create a publicly owned, operated and funded Social Network that would fill a role similar to that of radio and TV public broadcasting. The first and most obvious benefit would be the same one that comes from public broadcasting, that is- providing an alternative to the corporately owned, commercially funded media platforms, with a greater emphasis on community issues.

 

The services that companies like Facebook provide are valuable, and many of us willing give up a lot of equally valuable information in exchange for those services. The personal data Facebook mines from us is sold to other companies and used for market analysis, as well for generating personally targeted advertisements. A great wealth of information is produced thru all the clicks and likes and views from the users. All this data could go to good uses the private sector is not likely to be concerned with. Collection of census data and statistics for aiding scientific research are some of the immediate possibilities.

 

There is a need for people to have greater control over their information and how it is used. Perhaps not only a need, but a right. Then, beyond the issue of how our information is used, there’s the issue of how information filters to us through our “feeds.” The posts we see from our friends and the pages we follow (as well as advertisers) are sifted and prioritized based on hidden algorithms. There should be concern about how this system can create personal bubbles and opinion echo-chambers. Not to mention how it could influence people’s mental states (based on whether they see more police shootings or puppy videos, for example).

Categories: 
organization
Categories: 
social
Themes: 
Community Action
Pattern status: 
Draft

Towards a New Public Infrastructure

Resource name: 
Towards a New Public Infrastructure — preprint
Resource type: 
Articles
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