Weighing Digital, An Experts Guide. Episode 1/3: Madrid with Miguel Arana Catania

Mar 25, 2019, 12:00 PM
Annie Cook from The Democratic Society chats to three digital participatory budgeting experts across the globe who have designed, developed and are actively running participatory budgeting & citizen engagement digital platforms, with an aim to create a better and more democratic world.

In this first episode Annie chats to Miguel Arana Catania, Director of Citizen Participation for Madrid City Council about the benefits and challenges of using a digital tool for citizen engagement and Consul which is a free software platform first set up and used in Madrid by the brand Decide Madrid and now used across the globe, that allows everyday citizens to participate in various functions for a more open, transparent and democratic government. It includes: citizen proposals, voting options, participatory budgeting, collaborative legislation, public debates, collective interviews, and sectorial processes.

(Interview over Skype) Available on Creative Commons licence. Music by Hamish Cook (copyright for music, all rights reserved).