I read a lot of this document and then went over to the CGIC site to read more. There was a statement on the CGIC site that an identified problem was:
“Despite the intense efforts of CGIC, the group ran into a very common planning problem in 2013 – lack of public participation.”
I am wondering if we can help make a difference here. Can technology (e.g. phone app, etc.) play a role in reaching people in a way that they are both aware and emotionally energized (rewarded) to participate and respond? Perhaps something anonymous.If the phones are being supplied through some program (welfare, etc), then perhaps the phones can be preloaded?
For example: If someone is job hunting, then a phone app to help the city and county understand where they are blocked, need help, and ensure they are looking, and so on? Also with social services as a means of communicating immediate needs, portal for compliance, and other matters?