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Update from the people doing the heavy lifting: Enhancing Citizen Participation in Decision-Making
Transparency, a concept we have discussed a lot in the Open Government Initiative, is
a means to an end. One of the important roles that transparency plays
is to facilitate public participation in government decision-making.
As President Obama has said: "Our commitment to openness means more
than simply informing the American people about how decisions are made.
It means recognizing that government does not have all the answers and
that public officials need to draw on what citizens know. "
How You Can Help
Building on the ideas generated during the Brainstorm, we’d like to ask for your input on a few specific topics:
1. Digging deeper into the Brainstorm:
What are the pros and cons of the ideas proposed during the
Brainstorm? Help us to flesh out specifics and weigh the costs and
benefits of each approach. Are there important ideas for enhancing
citizen participation in government decision-making that you think are
2. Identifying best practices: Do you know of best practices for public
participation currently in place in governments (perhaps a local
government in your community or a foreign government halfway around the
world) or other large institutions that we have not yet identified?
3. Providing incentives for participation: What can government do to
remove barriers and create opportunities for public participation? How
can we attract new and diverse participants and strengthen their voices
in a conversation traditionally dominated by Washington lawyers,
lobbyists and interest groups?