Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Participatory Politics - Quotes - Short Statements

Participatory Politics - Introduction

In participatory politics, the flow of information is shaped by many in the broader community rather than by a small group of elites.

Members of a socially active community rally others—ranging from diffuse friendship groups and online networks to organized groups focused on related issues—to help accomplish civic or political goals.

Participatory politics build on and reinforce three important shifts operating at the level of the individual, the collective, the institution, and the systems that connect all three.

Young people participating actively in social media move far beyond the position of passive consumer and emerge as highly engaged, imaginative, active coproducers of media and community.

Young people are using social media to carry out the work of civics. They use social media sites and
mobile devices to circumvent gatekeepers, reduce costs by diminishing the importance of physical copresence, facilitate states of constant connection, and amplify the outcomes of those connections
for widening circles of friends and followers and use these connected communities to influence political decisions.

The focus in participatory politics is on collective practices across a range of tools and platforms that
aim to promote freedom, equity, and democratic deliberation.

Civic potential within social  networks may appear to be latent. A great deal of work goes into maintaining communities. But they are available to mobilize on behalf of collective efforts, under the right conditions

Facebook and YouTube—serve as an infrastructure for social movements during times of political crisis.

Democracy Machine

The Democracy Machine's operation can be summarized as drawing on public energy and ideas, mixing those into concrete policy advice, influencing government decision making,and creating a feedback loop that helps officials and citizens to track progress together as they continuously turn the policy making crank.  - John Gastil, Penn State University, June 2016 in article Building a Democratic Machine, Toward an Integrated and Empowered form of Civic Engagement.

Democracy is not a spectator sport, it's a participatory event. If we don't participate in it, it ceases to be a democracy. Michael Moore

Participatory Politics - Introduction

Bibliography - Participatory Politics

Updated 28 September 2017, 20 September 2017, 30 August 2017

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