January 2020 - SDI Digital Democracy Report

The Solonian Democracy Institute is proud to announce the release of  the SDI 2020 Digital Democracy Report. Over the past six months we have been analysing the solutions of ten software vendors active in one or more of the following areas:

  • Decision-Making / Voting
  • Deliberation & Consensus-Building
  • Participatory Budgeting
  • Idea Generation / Ideation

Our goal is to provide a repository for policy makers, NGOs and academics, as well as for the democracy software industry itself, to help understand the democratic software landscape, whether to organise a participatory budgeting project for a small community or to plan a major voting exercise for a large city or even country.

To read the report, click on the image or follow this link.

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October 2018 – Unheard Voices Project for Fingal County Council

The Solonian Democracy Institute (SDI) has been selected for a pilot project run by Fingal County Council and SMART Dublin. As part of the Unheard Voices Challenge, SDI will be developing an E-Participation Hub to consult residents of Mulhuddart in Blanchardstown on changes to the Tolka Valley Park.

For more information on Smart Dublin click here.

Credit: SON Photographic Ltd

July 2018 – DemCon Convention in Dublin

From the 18th to 20th of July 2018 the Solonian Democracy Institute organised the first Democracy Convention (DemCon) in Dublin attended by academics, NGOs, activists, journalists and technologists from around the world. With over 25 speakers, DemCon focused on advancing innovations in democracy such as Participatory Budging, Universal Basic Income and Digital Democracy.

For more information about DemCon visit the convention website at http://www.demcon.org



June 2017 – Participatory Budgeting and Citizen Participation

On June 8th 2017, the Solonian Democracy Institute held its inaugural conference in Dublin, Ireland. The focus of the conference was Participatory Budgeting and Citizen Participation. The aim was to share best practices in PB, Citizens’ Assemblies and Digital Participation with politicians, activists and members of the public.

The conference was introduced by Dr. Roslyn Fuller of the Institute and featured talks by Tom Arnold (Chair of the 2012 Constitutional Convention in Ireland), Jez Hall of PB Partners in Manchester, Mayor Guss O’Connell of South Dublin County Council, Keith Moore of SmartVote.ie, and Denis Parfenov of the Open Knowledge Foundation.

The turnout was overwhelming and it was exciting to have so many interested people in the audience and so many great speakers to share their expertise in implementing these new forms of Citizen Participation.



Watch Presentations from the Conference below: