Traditionally participatory budgeting processes have always had a big issue around trust. Participare is an online platform built to address these issues, ensuring proper participants identification, maximizing online and offline engagement.
Paris (PRWEB) March 06, 2015
ChangeTomorrow announced today the release of first beta version of Participare, the world’s first out-of-the-box multilingual participatory budgeting platform, capable of managing the entire process of promotion, proposal gathering, voting and execution monitoring. Participare is set to transform participatory budgeting processes enabling multicultural communities, as well as, promoting online and offline engagement around a trust building platform. Official launch will happen in Paris at the Workshop "Innover dans le financement des territoires européens par les processus participatifs et coopératifs."
“Traditionally participatory budgeting processes have always had a big issue around trust. People don’t see themselves in the political system, and mistrust all opening attempts. Doubt increases even more when it comes to voting. Elected politicians lack their voter’s opinions as they don’t have solid and direct contact with them. Often decisions are exclusively based on technical considerations or key people consultation, which doesn't always respond to the needs of minorities or local people. Many participatory budgeting processes fail for lack of representation due to reduced participation caused by all the trust problems. Participare is an online platform built to address these issues, ensuring proper participants identification, maximizing engagement and assuring integrated offline and online voting process,” said Cesar Silva, co-founder and CEO, ChangeTomorrow. “Our aim is to provide an easy to use, do-it-yourself, participatory democracy platform capable of adapting to the best practices as well as local specificity.”
ChangeTomorrow is a Portuguese start-up created to develop a global platform for participation democracy initiatives. We aim at exploring new and exciting ways of enhancing population involvement in society, helping people change their tomorrow. We helped most of participatory budgeting projects in Portugal with engagement rates as high as 25% of population (Ovar’2014).