Category Archives: Participation

Modeling as Social Practice

Modeling – the creation of simplified or abstract representations of the world – is something that people do in many different ways and for many different reasons, and is a social practice. This is true even in the case of … Continue reading

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Participatory Models Need to Include Cultural Models

Participatory modeling has at its heart the goal of engaging and involving community stakeholders. It aims to connect academic environments and the communities we want to understand and/or help. Participatory modelling approaches include: use facilitators, provide hands-on experiences, allow open … Continue reading

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Synthesis of knowledge about participatory modeling

How do a group’s perceptions change over time, when members across a range of institutions are brought together at regular intervals to synthesize ideas? Synthesis centers have been established to catalyze more effective cross-disciplinary research on complex problems, as described … Continue reading

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The Tactics of Collaboration

Understanding the tactics of collaboration can help make the unique value of working well together real. It’s important because the whole — all of us, humanity — can be greater than the sum of our parts. We often discuss collaboration … Continue reading

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The Iceland Constitutional Council on a Participatory Constitution

The bill starts with a prologue and contains a total of 114 articles in 9 chapters. The bill’s prologue starts with the following words: „We, who inhabit Iceland, want to create a fair society, where everyone is equal. Our different … 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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Choice and Quality in Action Research Practice

Read This article explores the nature of quality in action research practice. The origins and purposes of action research and its relation to social science methodology are reviewed. Action research is described in terms of four characteristic dimensions—worthwhile practical purposes, … Continue reading

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Geographic Information Science and Public Participation

Read Computer-mediated participation is at the crossroads. In the early heady days of the digital revolution, access to “high” technologies such as GIS promised the empowerment of marginalized communities by providing data and information that was previously hidden away from … 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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