In this piece, just published here on the Participation Now site and here on the openDemocracy/Participation Now editorial partnership page, Hilde C. Stephansen and I review key milestones in the development and progress of the Participation Now project:
Milestone 1: this week, the collection of participatory public engagement initiatives, that’s been steadily building up in recent months, has passed the 100 mark. Various design upgrades, which we hope will improve the usability and experience of the site, have also gone live.
Milestone 2: we have begun to research this collection of 100 initiatives. The piece we’ve just written therefore also presents some initial results of a basic quantitative analysis of the 100 initiatives (there are charts). We have also recently started a piece of qualitative research which aims to develop a clearer picture of the different possibilities for being public (and for enacting forms of public action) being offered by these 100 initiatives. Three themes emerging from this qualitative analysis have already caught our attention and these are also briefly explored in the piece. The piece ends with a few thoughts about what’s at stake in this research and in this broader landscape of contemporary thinking and practice. Hope to hear from you if you have any comments.
If you haven’t done so already, do also check out the growing set of other short specially commissioned pieces about issues related to publics, participation and engagement that are now published on the Participation Now and openDemocracy/Participation Now pages. There’s some great stuff, authored by: Leah Lievrouw, Chris Kelty, Shannon Jackson, Janet Newman, Jenny Pearce, Ellen Stewart, Helen Pallett, Mike Mowbray, R.C. Smith, Sandra Boks, Paul Francois-Tremlett, Alex Dunedin, Andrea Beradi and others…