What is the Discussion? 💬
The Discussion is the most developed and interactive participatory mode, made for in-depth debating. It offers a wide range of options for your participants to get involved:
- Writing their own contributions
- Reading others’ opinion
- Commenting on a contribution
- Upvoting a suggestion
- Create new highlights
- Reacting with the citizen reactions
- Sharing on social media
- Saving contributions to get notified
Your participants can use the highlighting tool, made to bring out the main ideas of their contributions. Other participants can highlight parts of their suggestions too.
To learn more about our other participatory modes, click here!
Why choose the Discussion? 📚
This mode differs from the others because it allows your participants to go deeper into the discussion: more ways of interacting and longer contributions. They can share their opinion and illustrate it with images, videos or other documents.
As administrators, you can comment on your participants’ suggestions.
How to set it up? 🔧
To set up your Discussion, go to the settings page. You can follow the “?” on the right side of the page and the examples given in the boxes. Try to share as much information as possible, in a very simple way, to give the participants all the tools they need to participate. The clearer the explanation, the better the engagement.
How can I improve engagement on my Discussion? 📢
You have several tools at hand to make your participants get more engaged in your Discussion. First, make sure to regularly check the activity on your platform and to read all the contributions carefully. You can answer all valuable contributions: it is usually highly appreciated by the participants!
Keep in mind to always use a positive vocabulary when you answer your participants.
Wrong example: “Your idea is not going to be implemented because it has already been decided otherwise.”
Right example: “Thank you John for having taken the time to share your opinion! We will keep your idea in mind. If you are interested in this subject, then you will probably like what we implemented last year in… ”
And when it’s over? ⏱️
It is time to share your results and what you plan on doing with them! Start by thanking your participants warmly for taking the time to get involved. Then, share your results in a very simple and understandable way.
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