We are launching GADA, an online incubator of public policies. GADA will turn civic engagement on its head by giving citizens the power to discuss, develop and disseminate their policy ideas - and then start campaigns to realise them, together.
Anti-establishment sentiments have grown among the general public: political dissatisfaction, apathy and lack of representation are widespread feelings that find resonance across the media, in protest movements and fringe parties. Young people are pinpointed as the main sufferers of this ‘malaise’. In sum, democracy is in troubles and politicians seem unable to address this discontent.
We think that new models of civic engagement are needed and that new tools must emerge to help citizens get the influence they want, on the issues they care about, through the means they choose. From the local to the global level. That is what GADA wants to do: we are launching a free service that will make it easier for anyone to connect with others and use their knowledge, passion and creativity to shape the policy agenda. Using advanced internet technology and the power of networks, we will re-energise civic engagement and harness it to tackle the social, economic and environmental problems we all face.
How Fellows can help
GADA is a chance to change the terms and conditions of our democratic engagement. But this ambitious project can only work if you, Fellows, join us in this movement for change.
Join the team: we are building a team with skills in research, political activism, PR and communication – if you have an expertise and/or interest in one of the above, please contact us
External support: we will hugely benefit from your advice and your networks, whether you help us as a one-off thing or taking on a formal advisory role
Fundraising: despite great support from the RSAs Catalyst programme we still need additional funds to test the service and scale it up: can you help?
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