CitiZing is a "civic networking platform", providing a space for true collaboration on public problems.
CitiZing combines the power of social networking with new decision-making processes focused on collaboration and actionable outcomes. It brings together individuals, organizations, businesses, academics, and government with each other to establish common ground, provide meaningful, clearly-defined roles for each participant, and ultimately elicit better outcomes. This online platform is structured to provide key missing ingredients from today's civic problem-solving arena: action, and not just talk; transparency; the opportunity to learn from one another; and new social connections. It provides citizens with the opportunity to get involved, and decision-makers with the opportunity to harness the perspective and passion of citizens.
What's different about CitiZing?
CitiZing sees individuals and "public participation" in a whole new way. Rather than seeing you as customers or just another stakeholder we need to get buy-in from, we believe that every individual has a unique perspective that is necessary to finding new and innovative solutions to our most common problems. Further, we believe that these new, innovative solutions will only work if we all contribute in our own way to implementing and sustaining them.
CitiZing provides a space to connect with people you wouldn't otherwise meet. We think this will enrich our discussions, and ultimately, lead to better outcomes.
While we broker and allow all views, and understand that disagreement will (and perhaps should) happen, incivility will not be tolerated. This is not a site for complaining, vilifying or advocating narrow perspectives; it's for collaborating for the common good.
What's so different about the process?
CitiZing helps decision-makers create meaningful and transparent public processes with clearly-defined and influential citizen roles. It also provides a space for citizens to collaborate together and bring forth their concerns and ideas in a productive and effective way. It does this by facilitating the Citizens League unique model of problem-solving, taking place in three phases: problem diagnosis, analysis and conclusion, and implementation.
How does it work?
CitiZing combines the power of social networking with easy-to-use tools, like surveys, wikis, forums, prioritizers, and stakeholder maps, to provide the toolkit to work through problems collectively. Work can be done either exclusively online or in complement to existing in-person activities. Right now CitiZing hosts one of the Citizens League's most important projects, which aims to refresh how we think about and solve poverty. We'll be adding more projects soon, and in the future both individuals and organizations will be able to start and run their own projects.