Online Asynchronous Interaction

At which stages of the virtual mini public do we apply asynchronous communication?

Real-Life Cases

Idea Generation: Crowd sourcing platforms prior to sessions (Tim Hughes)

Ideas

At which stages should we NOT do asynchronous interaction?

Real-Life Cases

Asynchronous interactions are not as useful when participants do not feel as though the platform has a sense of community. Participants’ sense of community within a platform is a key indicator of if/how often they choose to communicate asynchronously. (Meyer & Carey, 2014) https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17512786.2013.859838?casa_token=fcehiCGxbzoAAAAA%3AHxj1wG6pL5wm9xF9hKune8bU02iPfBAJTTrABJFblEfOkbU_mP0ElVAwjq7VnR70OzpowIK4mv289w

Ideas

– when voting? votings could also take place in asynchronous processes if the result doesn’t have to be collected at one specific point of time; asynchronous voting can minimize the convergence moment of a normal deliberative process

Which tools can be used for asynchronous communication stages? Limitation of number of participants? Facilitation resources?

Real-Life Cases

Decide Madrid used a Reddit like platform which allowed the public to upvote, comment, and discuss proposed ideas/ legislation asynchronously.(Their’s was very large scale) https://archive.org/details/FutureDemocraciesLCPD/page/n45/mode/2up

https://www.involve.org.uk/resources/case-studies/decide-madrid

Set concrete tasks for participants to work on during breakout sessions

“Macintosh (2004)defines three types of deliberation plat- forms: informative, consultative and participative. Informa- tive platforms are platforms used by governments to produce and deliver information for use by citizens. Consultative platforms add a way for citizens to provide feedback on materials received. Participative platforms allow citizens to actively engage in defining the process and content of policy-making.” https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/1265300?casa_token=7NYWHJIMqe4AAAAA:Mk65-07G0JX2XnWgMhDb3dSp05_EaKBpsXmlrKCaynlU3cVnbCVfJ_4ss7lOPArPSK4Uze16Sg

Ideas

limitations of some asynchronous platforms (e.g. Pol.is and Deliberatorium) for participants, who want to discuss and engage more deeply.

Technologies

Bulletin board system (discussion, Q&A, but not sure for the agreement moment)

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