About Participedia


Publication: 2013-05-22


We live in a world in which citizens of most countries are asking for greater involvement in collective decisions. Many governments, non-governmental organizations, and even some corporations are responding by experimenting with ways to increase public participation.

Hundreds of thousands of participatory processes occur each year in almost every country in the world. They are occurring in a wide variety of political and policy problems. And they often supplement and sometimes compete with more traditional forms of politics, such as representative democracy.


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  • Participedia TeamThe Participedia Team >> The initial vision for Participedia was developed by Archon Fung (Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University) and Mark E. Warren (Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia), and is guided by an Executive Committee. This site was created by Drupal developers Affinity Bridge in partnership with the SIM Centre at Emily Carr, with contributions from a wide range of collaborators. Find the full list of Executive Committee, web team and project collaborators here. >>

  • Archon Fung

  • Mark E. Warren

  • Affinity Bridge

  • SIM Centre

  • Participedia Executive CommitteeThe Participedia project is guided by an Executive Committee:

  • Archon FungThe Roy and Lila Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

  • Matt LeighningerDeliberative Democracy Consortium

  • Patrizia NanzInstitute for Advanced Study in the Humanities/ Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut - Forschungskolleg der Universitäten Bochum

  • Patrick L. ScullyDirector, Participedia, President, Clearview Consulting, LLC

  • Graham SmithCentre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster

  • Mark E. WarrenDepartment of Political Science / Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions, University of British Columbia

  • Participedia Project CollaboratorsParticipedia reflects the contributions of many different institutions and individuals. Core project collaborators include:

  • Julia AbelsonClinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics, McMaster University

  • Amber Frid-JimenezFaculty of Design + Dynamic Media, Emily Carr University

  • John GastilDepartment of Communication Arts and Sciences, Penn State University

  • Hollie Russon GilmanFellow, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation

  • Sandy HeierbacherNational Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation

  • Richard JohnstonCentre for the Study of Democratic Institutions, University of British Columbia

  • David KahaneDepartment of Political Science, University of Alberta

  • Amy LangCity Manager's Office, City of Toronto

  • Peter LoewenDepartment of Political Science, University of Toronto, Mississagua

  • Michael MackenzieDepartment of Political Science, University of British Columbia

  • Mary Pat MacKinnonGraduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa

  • Bettina von LieresDepartment of Political Science, University of Toronto, Mississagua

  • Tiago PeixotoICT4Gov Program, World Bank Institute

  • Matt G. RyanDepartment of Politics and International Relations, University of Southampton

  • Participedia Web TeamThis site was built by Affinity Bridge, a Vancouver-based web development company, on the Drupal platform. It launched in December 2011. The visual design for this site was created by David Aitken (Emily Carr University, Class of 2011). The previous, alpha version of Participedia was built on MediaWiki by Paul Daniell (Dept. of Philosophy, University of California, Los Angeles).

  • David Aitken

  • Paul Daniell

  • Participedia PartnersPartners >> Participedia reflects partnerships with people and organizations across the globe who share an interest in participatory politics and governance. Please contact us if you would like to discuss developing a partnership to support Participedia's global mission. View the full list of our current partners at Generous support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) made possible the development of this beta version of Participedia. This funding was provided in the form of a Partnership Development Grant, for two years beginning April 2011. In 2012, The Bertelsmann Foundation provided generous support for development of multi-language functionality. Bertelsmann's investment in creating a German-language interface that is fully integrated in the main website platform will allow us to create an infrastructure that makes it possible to add many more languages. Domains (.org and .com) generously provided by Intellitics, Inc.

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

  • The Bertelsmann Foundation

  • Intellitics, Inc.

  • PractitionersPractitioners, activists, government officials, and journalists will benefit from Participedia's searchable database of cases, methods, and organizations, including knowledge about how well processes have worked for similar problems, under similar conditions.

  • Activists

  • Government Officials

  • Journalists

  • Social ScientistsSocial scientists, policy analysts, democratic theorists, and other scholars will benefit from access to a dynamic, diverse, and growing source of comparable qualitative and quantitative data. We encourage you to contribute information on case studies, methods and organizations. The more you participate, the more you will appreciate what this site has to offer.

  • Policy Analysts

  • Democratic Theorists

  • Scholars