The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) is an EU policy innovation initiative which aims to increase democratic legitimacy by giving the opportunity to European citizens to propose legislation to influence issues affecting all Member States. The Treaty of Lisbon introduced the European Citizen’s Initiative for the first time. It is currently supervised by the European Commission, and it follows a multi-level procedure including the formation of a citizen’s committee.
What you will need to make a proposal…
PADIGE is the project which tries to spread the word and inform about ECI. This project promotes ECI by developing a platform that will involve young people and NEETs in the decision-making process, allow them to promote their ideas and get in contact with peers that share them.
Participatory design (co-design) is an approach to create ‘products’ (for example, initiatives, project, strategies) by actively involving all stakeholders in the creation process. It is a strategy to democratize the process of design to everyone who is part of the process. Thus, it helps to ensure that the ‘product’ meets the needs of stakeholders, is genuinely user-centered and can lead to successful outcomes.
Before starting to develop an idea in depth, you need to identify who the individuals interested in your process and results (stakeholders) could be. Stakeholder mapping is the visual process of laying out all the stakeholders of a product, project or idea on a single map so you can clearly see the level of importance, influence, power you must give them in your project. Once you have this, you can develop a plan of how you will engage and monitor them.
To solve a problem, you need to know the problem. How to define it?
Users and stakeholder collaborate as experts. Organizations, during this step, should know that there is more than one expert, everyone can listen, and everyone can be creative.
In a workshop you first inform your stakeholders (what is the problem? How can they help?). Then, you design the workshop: find someone who acts as moderator and start the workshop. Finally, it’s the turn of providing feedback and taking action: we care about the input of stakeholders.