*There resides in all populations a "mass of sense lying in a dormant state - which good government should quietly harness." Tom Paine 
Community involvement is about people and communities being able to play a full part in decision-making, for example local decision-making, and so influence the decisions which affect their lives. It is also about community empowerment, for example through access to appropriate information and adivce.
Proper community involvement is not tokenistic. Instead it is on-going, valued, meaningful, provides extensive opportunity and is genuinely and extensively influential.
Proper community involvement is not about allowing mere comment on decisions that have already largely been taken. Instead it begins at the design stage, the very beginning of any project or programme.
Proper community involvement does not include measures of success being foisted upon the community, or worse still simply being ignored. Instead it gives a primary role to the community in judging how successful a project or programme has been.
Action Ideas Edit
- Participatory carbon budgeting
- Participatory budgeting
- Participatory journalism
- Street parties
- Local quality of life conferences
- Community involvement weeks
- Youth Forum
- Places, projects and networks pages in this wiki
Wanted pages and external links
- OpeningParliament.org, forum intended to help connect the world's civic organizations engaged in monitoring, supporting and opening up their countries' parliaments and legislative institutions.
- Open Government Initiative
- Tim Berners-Lee on the next Web, video on TED.com
- Technology for transparency network
- Debategraph map Interactive map of the White House's Open Government brainstorming proposals
-  DotGreen.org A new green internet with .green domain names benefiting sustainability
- Democracies Online
- Civicus - World Alliance for Citizen Participation
- Imagine Chicago Imagine projects and networks in th UK, Europe and Australia have been modelled on Imagine Chicago.
- Green Drinks international Organic, self-organising network of people who meet up monthly for a beer at informal sessions known as Green Drinks.
- Meetup Free service that organizes local gatherings about anything, anywhere. Topic groups include 'New Urbanism and Sustainable Development'
- Wikis and blogs as instruments for citizen participation, LizAzyan Research
- ↑ Guardian review of Hilary Wainwright’s book Reclaim the State: Adventures in Popular Democracy, July 2003
- Working in Wiki, Governing.com, May 2008