You’ve decided to get engaged in public decision making, that’s awesome! Now, it’s time to get started. Don’t worry, we’ll guide you every step of the way.
Step 1: Create your account 📝
First things first. In order to participate, you will need to create your Civocracy account. It’s really simple: click on “sign up” and fill in your name, surname, email address and password. When setting up your profile, we recommend you to upload a profile photo for a more “face to face” and cordial interactions. For security measures, you’ll receive a confirmation email for you to confirm your email address (check your spam folder just in case). Do so and you’ll be ready to start!
Step 2: Find your community 🔎
Whether it’s your neighborhood, city, region or an association, you’ll find the right community for you. For this, go on the "Communities" page and search for the name of your community. Found it? Great!
📩 Before we get going, an important thing first: if you want to get informed by email about everything happening in your community, click on the “follow” button, otherwise you’ll miss all the good stuff. ✅ To manage your email settings preferences, go to your profile, under “settings”.
Step 3: Check out the project in your area 🚧
Once you’re in your community, you can see all former and current projects launched by your Organisation. Is there a project you find interesting? Then go ahead and participate! For this, click on “participate”, and you’ll land on the project page. There, you’ll find the participation modules, the events organised by the Organisation, news and all the information you need to participate.
Step 4: Share your opinion! 📣
You’ll see, citizen participation is very easy. To participate well, it is important to read the project explanation. In the “More info…” section, you'll find all the information you need to understand what the project is about. To be top of the class, you can also read the news already sent and the shared documents.
Then, share your opinion using the different participation modules: discussion, idea box or questionnaire. To learn more about this, have a look at our participation modules article.
Now, you can read the other participants’ contributions and vote, comment or react to them. If you want to share your opinion, create your own contribution!
Thank you for reading this article and have fun participating!