The goal of a Local Issues Forum is to give everyone a greater voice in local decisions and encourage more citizen participation in local public policy making.
A Local Issues Forum is an online public commons where any citizen or elected official can:
• Ask questions
• Make public announcements
• Network with other local citizens
• Monitor local opinion
• Ask for public input
A forum manager is also required to monitor the conversation, maintain a neutral environment and ensure the focus is on local issues when necessary.
• Local Issues Forums are citizen driven.
• Costs include the setting up and maintenance of an online environment.
Approximate time expense
• Takes place in an online setting so the time requirements are ongoing.
• Keep up with community news
• Allows open questioning
• To share your opinion on local issues
• Allows networking with elected officials
• Instant feedback
• Requires a dedicated forum manager
• Can lack focus or orientation
Local Issues Forums have developed from eDemocracy and emulate Wikis but in a more localised and policy orientated fashion.
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Involve or see the e-democracy Issues Forum guidebook.
Gather individual pre-existing opinions
Number of participants
Self selected participants attending as individuals (open access process)
Level of awareness and interest
participants know about some aspects/can roughly articulate some interest
Crime and justice
Culture and arts
Environment and climate change
Health and well-being
Housing and Planning
Science and technology
Limit search to...
... online processes
Level of involvement