Citizen participation in Andalusia in 10 “tips”.

Rafa Ayala. Consultant in Open Government models. Law 7/2017 of December 27 of Citizen Participation of Andalusia (LPCA) was published on January 5, 2018 in the BOJA ( -19-01_00127491.pdf). It was born as a law, the result of a long process of shaping and dialogue between public institutions and civil society organizations with a meritorious result that opens a new stage in the policy of citizen participation in a region as influential as Andalusia. read more

The implementation of transparency laws at local administrations in Catalonia.

Miquel Estapé Valls. Deputy Director – Strategy and innovation. AOC Consortium. The Consorcio Administración Abierta de Cataluña (AOC) [Catalonia Consortium for Open Administration] coordinated the introduction of the services to comply with local administration transparency laws in Catalonia. Resulting in 95% currently possessing a transparency portal. The initiative was born of the agreement by the Red de Gobiernos Locales Transparentes [Network of Transparent Local Governments] signed by the Generalitat [Regional Government of Catalonia], the provincial councils, read more

Student participation in school governance and operation.

Jordi Collado Llombart. Director of the Garbí Pere Vergés, Badalona. The Escola Garbí Pere Vergés in Badalona is a subsidised, secular, open and plural school with 870 students from year 3 infant to year 2 baccalaureate, with two streams. It forms part of the Fundació Escoles Garbí [Garbi Schools Foundation] and together with its sister school, was founded by pedagogue Pere Vergés, both therefore having descended from the old Escola del Mar and the Escola Nova movement. read more

Who does the city belong to? An opportunity to transition from words to action.

Zulma Bolívar. Town Planner, Msc. Urban Design, Specialist in Strategic Urban Planning, Local Management and Development. Lecturer-researcher at the Central University of Venezuela, and President of the Instituto Metropolitano de Urbanismo [Metropolitan Institute of Urban Planning] Caracas Workshop. In the middle of 2008 I was given the opportunity to leave academia to work in the civil service, and thereby put theory into practice. A candidate for the Mayoralty of the Metropolitan Region of Caracas had sought my assistance to design his government’s programme. read more

Consensus, persuasion, resources, patience, prudence and time: the fundamental ingredients of Good Governance.

Antxon Gallego Solaetxe. Ibatuz. Open government, Participation, New Technologies.
Public administrations are faced with the challenge of integrating a new communications culture, an updated organisational model and deploying creative talent both within and without the limits of their functions and competences. A challenge that involves viewing leaders, the public sector and the citizenry as necessary protagonists and collaborators, based on different assumptions about their activity and interaction, regarding the implementation, management and/or assessment of public policies. read more

Children’s Councils – a good way to introduce citizen involvement.

Marta Contreras Teixidó. Project Manager at ATC-SIG. Municipal administration has undergone great changes recently and the most important one was possibly the passing of the Law on Transparency and Good Governance, which brought about a paradigm shift in administration for citizens, and will foster citizen involvement as a decision-making tool. It is a big mistake to see involvement as something that has been imposed, though. Each municipality has its own features and its own level of maturity in terms of implementing involvement. read more

A new public administration.

Paul Gurmendi. Tech For Society. Clearly there is a debate about the legitimacy of “yielding” decision-making power over certain aspects of public administration. Is it OK for a group of citizens, a collective or other body to decide about a specific matter through a participation process? What would be the legitimacy of any decisions or conclusions taken during such a process? And ultimately, where would responsibility lie regarding any decisions taken, would it rest with the participants? read more