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We are pleased to inform you that the Association For Societal Participation has officially been registered by the court in Budapest, Hungary. We are currently working on building the international network and applying for grants to establish a firmer financial basis for the association. New members and volunteers are of course always welcome!
Also, since our last update, we have built a new website for Civilzone. We hope that this will shed more light on the Civilzone project and that it makes our goals clearer. If you have any comments on the new text and design, please do not hesitate to share it with us. Participy.org will remain active as well, functioning as our blog. We hope to see you again in the future at both websites!
This July, the European Commission published its 2013 Work Programme for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT). In chapter 7.5 they are addressing health, ageing well, and inclusion and governance. They wish to improve and manage personal life, aiming for productivity gains, higher customer satisfaction and harnessing the network effect for better provision of the public interest. The sections that interest us the most though are the ones about governance and policy modelling and collective awareness platforms for social innovation.
The European Commission is focusing on the topics because the public sector has a significant role in stimulating economic growth, as has been evident from the current economic and financial crisis. At the same time, citizens and in particular the younger generation are becoming more vocal in monitoring and influencing policy decisions. Current ICT tools for collaborative governance and policy modeling show great opportunities for empowerment of citizens and increased transparency in decision-making. In addition, there is a growing need for research and innovation for future public services that will be a catalyst for growth and sustainability.