New Platform Crowdsourcing Participatory Democracy

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We are pleased to announce the launch of our fully redesigned open-source, open-edit website

Participedia is a resource for anyone interested in the new forms of civic engagement and democratic innovation being developed around the world. From academics, to practitioners and engaged citizens, Participedia’s community shares a common goal: to document and understand new forms of governance and community-empowerment in all places and at all scales. On Participedia, anyone can collaboratively document and share cases, methods, and organizations related to public participation.

Since 2009, nearly 2000 entries have been published on, collectively written and edited by close to 3000 users, and accessed by hundreds of thousands of people all over the world. The research project has grown into a global network of over fifty co-investigators and collaborators from partner institutions spanning six continents.


Visit to discover knowledge and stories of public participation, and share your own!


Twitter: @Participedia


Participedia is made possible by a Partnership Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). The project was founded by principal investigator Dr Mark Warren of the University of British Columbia and co-investigator Dr Archon Fung of Harvard University’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. The new Participedia website was designed by the project’s Design & Technology Team, led by Amber Frid-Jimenez, Canada Research Chair in art and design technology and director of the Studio for Extensive Aesthetics at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

Participedia Contacts:

Jesi Carson
Lead Designer & Communities Coordinator, Participedia

Patrick L. Scully
Managing Director, Participedia


Scott Fletcher

Managing Editor & Research Associate, Participedia/University of British Columbia