Webinar #2: Containment and participatory approaches - what initiatives and what prospects for the future?

Webinar #2: Containment and participatory approaches - what initiatives and what prospects for the future?

A webinar that was hosted on May 27, 2020 by Eloïse Gabadou and Antoine Gaboriau.

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For this webinar, we provided an overview of the steps that were organized on Decidim during the containment period and are now preparing for the post-pandemic period. From the organization of participation and solidarity in the territories to the writing of stories of containment, as well as possible solutions for a post-pandemic world, this webinar aimed to highlight these initiatives carried by the organizations of our ecosystem, both public and private, and to question more generally the perspectives of participatory approaches for the coming months.

Among the "containment x participatory approaches" themes we will deal with are the following: 

  • What are the alternatives for hybrid participatory approaches that are organized around face-to-face highlights? A 100% digital approach, yes, but how? 
  • What are the new opportunities to organize mutual aid and solidarity on its territory? 
  • What is the impact on the culture and internal governance of an organization?  
  • Containment as an opportunity for post-pandemic projection?

Among the public institutions, associations and companies we have mentioned: 

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Webinar #1: Why is open source becoming the norm for participatory approaches?

Webinar #1: Why is open source becoming the norm for participatory approaches?

A webinar that was hosted on April 22, 2020 by Eloïse Gabadou and Léna Dumont.

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Open source software is software with open source code. The movement that has formed around this technological choice is gaining momentum in our society in general, and in the area of citizen participation in particular .

Why is that? The fruit of the free software movement, it is a direct response to the demand of our societies for greater transparency and vigilance with regard to the technologies deployed by institutions and organisations. Open source questions us about the relationship between the government and citizens, as well as the consultation prior to any technological or political choice that could interfere in the life of each person. We are currently seeing this with the StopCovid application, which raises legitimate questions, particularly about the use of personal data.

The relationship of trust with the citizen only becomes decisive in public participatory processes, especially when the participants consulted ask to know the origin and nature of the software and data processing that will shape the future of their organisation, or of their city, region or country. According to Francesca Bria, ex-CTO of the city of Barcelona, free and open source software preserves "the fundamental rights of citizens" by "[allowing] to know what [the algorithms] do and by [guaranteeing] the absence of security loopholes".

As far as private organizations and companies are concerned, the choice of open source opens the doors to diverse communities that are representative of their usage ecosystem (institutions, companies, developers, end-users, researchers, etc.). These communities also allow the pooling of resources and development investments to offer scalable and learning software.

The webinar of April 22, 2020 focused on what open source is and why it is becoming the norm for participatory processes.

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