Over the past 15 years we've produced thousands of Participatory Budgeting and Buy a Feature events. In that time we've created a lot of variations of the core theme - and we continue to create more! In this design tip we'd like to share some of the many variations we've used in the hopes that you might find combinations that can help you Collaborate at Scale. Think of this design tip as giving you access to a set of knobs and dials that will enable you to create versions of this framework that meet your needs. I will also cover Zero-Based Budgeting, a very special configuration of these policies that is becoming increasingly important in our Participatory Budgeting projects. A subsequent design tip will give more insight into analyzing results of Buy a Feature frameworks.
It is the time of year where we reflect on what we’ve accomplished and set plans for the coming year. Accordingly, we and several of our clients are presently engaged in various forms of strategic planning and roadmapping. You might also be engaged in similar activities, so for this month’s framework of the month I want to focus on a framework that is great at helping organizations in strategic planning: The Innovation Ambition Matrix. We use this framework so we think you should use it too. This framework works well with the Sweet Spot of Strategy and Horizon Planning frameworks, which I will cover in a future framework of the month.
Everyone who knows me knows that I like to read a lot of stuff. And I like to share the articles and books that have made a positive impact in my world.
Dear Agile 2016 Attendees -
It pains me when billionaires who are trying to make America better face the same challenges as ordinary citizens creating high-impact results that improve outcomes, especially when Conteneo and our community of Certified Collaboration Architects have developed solutions to these challenges through Deliberative Decision Making, Participatory Budgeting and other forms of scalable civic engagement.
Mayor Sam Liccardo and the San José City Council, in partnership with the Every Voice Engaged Foundation and Conteneo Inc., invite San José residents to participate online in a citywide participatory budgeting event during the week of February 22, 2016.
|The hour-long online “zero-based” budgeting sessions will provide residents with an opportunity to get involved in their government and community and impact the city budget.|
In my last post about Participatory Budgeting I discussed why surveys suck when used as a tool to understand budget priorities. But there is game-related evolution of surveys, so-called "budget puzzles", that are even more harmful than surveys because they create intense feeling of despair and harden political opinion. In an era of increasingly partisan politics, budget puzzles are making things worse, not better. What's especially sad about this is that it appears to be the exact opposite of the goals of the organizations who are promoting budget puzzles. In this post, I'll elaborate on why budget puzzles are considered harmful and show how collaborative participatory budgeting is the superior approach.
We've completed our fourth Sprint for the San José Budget Programs, adding resident recruitment, improving copy, and providing more information on the overall process to our d3decides.com web site. The City has now started to work on the actual content for the sessions, which has motivated me to revisit the core design of both Buy a Feature and the Budget Game, my extension of Buy a Feature created in 2011 for Participatory Budgeting with limited resources.
We've completed our third Sprint for the San José Budget Project! We've got the core functionality of the San José District 3 Participatory Budgeting web site up and running and are now turning our attention to building out our facilitator team (have you signed up? Well, get to it! Sign up here.).