A new application by Local Projects helps citizens to give their communities specific feedback.
Supposedly citizens have a say when it comes to what happens in their communities. But public engagement in the form we have it now isn't fun or effective: It often entails attending a long, contentious meeting that's framed around the concept of conflict. People don't feel their voices are heard on issues in their own neighborhood, and they don't believe that a letter or email will be read by the right people. Give a Minute is a new application designed by Local Projects that's like a 311 (or basic civic services hotline) and a virtual billboard for citizen ideas: It allows people to register direct feedback to their local government, and places them in a public forum.
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