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Citizen engagement for modern society

Citizen engagement for modern society

21/5/18

In our modern world current citizen engagement models and practices are increasingly ineffective. Historically, it was common for municipalities to have town hall gatherings and to have communities that revolved around the market square. However, today the world is a much different place, most people don’t go to town hall meetings and market squares are not what they once were. Municipalities and cities must reassess their models of citizen engagement and consider what citizen engagement means in a modern digital world.

Future Dialog is in the business of empowering cities and citizens to design the future of their communities together.

People at the core

Smart cities and dynamic communities create democratic innovation by putting the people at the core of development, at the center of decision making, and at the heart of local issues. This means that they actively work together, requiring a close relationship to be built between city citizens and city administrations. Future Dialog is a facilitator and a partner in building and developing these relationships.

Civic participation for all

Empowering the people of every city to have their voices heard beyond periodic voting is a necessity for modern smart cities and municipalities. People have busy active lives which makes participation extremely difficult. The fact of the matter is that local civic participation, for the average person, is nowhere close to being a priority, people are busy and civic participation requires too much time, too much effort, and there is too little reciprocation. Future Dialog aims to change this, by putting the tools of city engagement and communication in every resident’s hand. So that residents can participate when they have time from any location. 

Everyone has a role to play, a capacity to share insights, and a duty to make their cities better places to live. Together we can change the world. You can start with your local neighborhood, on your own street, and in your unique communities.

 

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