Published on January 23, 2015

Civic Activism Toolkit

Civic activism

By Tim Hughes

Tim is director of Involve. He took over leadership of the organisation in January 2017, having previously led Involve’s open government programme and the UK Open Government Network (OGN).

Civic Activism

Civic Activism is:

“…the social norms, organisations, and practices which facilitate greater citizen involvement in public policies and decisions. These include access to civic associations, participation in the media, and the means to participate in civic activities such as nonviolent demonstration or petition. Civic activism is essential in ensuring that public institutions function in an accountable and transparent manner, with participation and representation for all.”

The Civic Activism Toolkit is an online directory of 29 innovative tools and approaches for civic activism from around the world. The toolkit was developed by Involve for the Building Change Trust, and is intended for use by civil society in Northern Ireland and beyond.

Building Change Trust

The 29 tools and approaches are:

21st Century Town Meetings Forum Theatre
Alternative Budget Initiatives Mystery Shopping
Argument Mapping Online Consensus Decision making
Citizen Assemblies Participatory Budgeting
Citizen Juries Participatory Card Games
Citizen Report Cards Planning Cells
Citizen Reporting PopUp Democracy
Citizen Science Public Conversations Project Dialogue
Community Led Procurement Public Forums
Community visioning Scenario Workshops
Consensus Conference Social Audits
Crowd Wise Study Groups
Deliberative Mapping Ushahidi Crowdmapping Platform
Deliberative Polling Wikis for Lawmaking
Digital Fact Checking Platforms


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