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Three ways to engage civil society

Three ways to engage civil societyBy Joshua ChambersFounderGovInsider

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1. Set Challenges MyGov, IndiaGovernment platform runs challenges to let citizens and businesses propose ideasRanges from big issues like cleaning the Ganges, to tourism campaignsPeople can submit photography and design - winners get cash prizesOpens up procurement to ordinary people

Other examples of a similar approachMinistry of Defence Hackathon, SingaporeChallenge.Gov - United StatesAgents of Open Government, Sao Paulo

2. Citizens Juries - South Australia

How they workLocal NGO randomly selects 43 citizens from across societyOver 12 weeks, they hear testimony from both sides on an argumentThey debate their views after hearing testimony, and vote on an approachThis is summarised in a report written by civil servantsThe Governor reads the report and allocates budget to their proposalsSo far, government has accepted all recommendations! Created policies on controversial issues like cycle lanes and night markets

Why they workSouth Australia has a large rural population that can feel out of touchIt also struggles from high youth unemployment and rising dissatisfactionCitizens Juries are one of many schemes being used by the government to make different communities feel more includedThese juries also help break the status quo on controversial topics where a consensus can be foundDemonstrates to citizens how policy making works

3. Innovation Labs Malaysia and the UAEMalaysia Innovation Labs - Big Fast ResultsGetting consensus on transport policy or immigration lawsOne result: Visa free Chinese immigration to boost tourism $ - with the police on board after learning from industry

UAE Innovation Labs - problems solved in just one daySolved medical licensing issue by bringing people togetherIncludes students and local businesses in the processBuilds excitement by making policymaking an event

How to make government more inclusiveTell stories on Facebook, LinkedIn, TwitterTalk about the people who work in government there is genuine curiosity from citizensBe positive social media is a place where people share inspirational storiesDont be too serious an informal tone works bestRun schemes that include different voicesThe UK Government runs a successful apprenticeship scheme for policymakers who havent gone to universityFellowship schemes can encourage members of the diaspora to return for a short period to contribute to a projectWell-structured internships can attract strong local talent

Any questions?

Joshua ChambersFounder, GovInsiderjoshua@govinsider.asia+65 8681 4957