Decision Making

What can government learn from crowdsourcing? 2/2
All of the examples presented in our Fact Cards have features that could be adopted, one way or another, by public services to develop public decision-making more ‘public’. When building a platform, a number of things need to happen already at the stage when the foundations are laid. Fundamental questions need to be discussed before [...] Read more – ‘What can government learn from crowdsourcing? 2/2’.
What can government learn from crowdsourcing? 1/2
Last week I posted about how crowdfunding initiatives have been facing headwind in Finland owing much to the helplessness of authorities, who seem paralysed when coming into contact with new ways of harnessing the internet. Our series of Fact Cards have showcased some of the interesting examples globally. These projects usually take the form of [...] Read more – ‘What can government learn from crowdsourcing? 1/2’.
Brickstarter prototype v0.1, and using sketches to ask questions
Previously on Brickstarter: our project is about sketching new cultures of public decision-making, predicated on reversing NIMBY cultures to become YIMBY cultures. We’re creating a platform for making suggestions about how to improve your neighbourhood or environment, and then turn those proposals into projects. We do this in order to start constructive conversations within and [...] Read more – ‘Brickstarter prototype v0.1, and using sketches to ask questions’.
Conversation with Finn Williams (Sub-Plan, Friends of Arnold Circus, Croydon Council &c)
We were fortunate to have Finn Williams in Helsinki recently, courtesy of a WDC event called Unbuilt Helsinki (organised by Nene Tsuboi of NOW etc. and Benjamin of Åbäke etc. with the Museum of Finnish Architecture.) Finn is part of the urban design team at Croydon Council in the UK (one of the largest London boroughs) as [...] Read more – ‘Conversation with Finn Williams (Sub-Plan, Friends of Arnold Circus, Croydon Council &c)’.
For Involved Urbanism
I’ve responded to a recent post entitled “Against Kickstarter Urbanism” by Alexandra Lange over at Design Observer and the response is included in full below. Before getting into that, however, I wanted to propose that “kickstarter urbanism” is not a thing, really. What Lange writes about is not a site enabling or creating a movement so [...] Read more – ‘For Involved Urbanism’.
Conversation with Rodrigo Araya, Tironi Asociados, Chile
On the phone to Alejandro Gutierrez the other day, talking citizen participation, he said I had to meet his Chilean colleague, Rodrigo Araya of Tironi Asociados. Rodrigo, and Tironi, were doing amongst the most interesting and effective citizen participation work around, apparently. A few weeks later, Rodrigo happened to be in northern Europe, so we reeled [...] Read more – ‘Conversation with Rodrigo Araya, Tironi Asociados, Chile’.
A curiosity of a couple of Greek city-states
“Democracy was a curiosity of a couple of Greek city-states where the decision-making polity could turn out in one place all together. It only became a generally workable system, at population-scale, after print. So my conclusion is that when communications tools lead to radical increases in the number of producers of media (not just the [...] Read more – ‘A curiosity of a couple of Greek city-states’.
Conversation with Marcus Westbury (Renew Newcastle, Renew Australia etc.)
Marcus Westbury started Renew Newcastle, which was one of the (many) starting points for Brickstarter – you can read more about it here, and here, and here, and here, and here. We won’t go into it in detail here, save to say that it is an inspiring example of light-touch social infrastructure and governance, with purpose. [...] Read more – ‘Conversation with Marcus Westbury (Renew Newcastle, Renew Australia etc.)’.
Dark matter
Physicist Fritz Zwicky coined the term “missing mass” for what we would now describe as dark matter. The answer to unlocking a new experience, product or service is sometimes buried deep within organisational culture, regulatory or policy environment. The Brickstarter project is predicated on explicitly recognising that this ‘dark matter’ is part of the design challenge. [...] Read more – ‘Dark matter’.
Trust vs. Assurance
Toshio Yamagishi‘s book titled The Structure of Trust: An Evolutionary Game of Mind and Society is promising. The premise is simple (emphasis mine): This book is written around the central message that collectivist society produces security but destroys trust. We understand intuitively that in a collectivist society… people tend to feel secure with their own kind [...] Read more – ‘Trust vs. Assurance’.
Background thinking
Welcome to Brickstarter! Here’s our evolving one-page overview of the project, but there our many precursors to this project that it builds upon. We’re talking hundreds of analogous case studies and projects, dozens of web services and apps, several books, many academic research papers, and a hearty stew of ongoing conversations. We’ll be discussing the most relevant [...] Read more – ‘Background thinking’.