Already more than a dozen tools involving citizen participation are beginning to be used :

  • Community Forum or Town Meeting : a public debate based on collective reflection involving the participation of many citizens; such processes can become recurrent in this environment.
  • Consensus Conference : public inquiry from a group of non-specialist citizens’ questions, which provide organizers a perspective and framework for possible consensus.
  • Delphi Method : iterative consultation of experts, sometimes anonymous, from a questionnaire seeking to identify possible areas of consensus.
  • Participatory Budget : discussions with local citizens concerning the annual allocation of costs of their services.
  • Groupware : list, petition, portal, mailing, social networks, etc.
  • Bar Camp, hackathon or non-conference, especially with young programmers.
  • Scenario Construction : development of descriptions of possible-futures intended to support decision-making, or via conferences around knowledge maps, evolutionary patterns or dashboards.
  • Citizen Financing (Civic Crowd Funding) : people send personal contributions to help finance a collective project.
  • Festival : a big party that is a mixture of popular assembly, ideas-launch and entertainment and helps the public become aware of the issues that define a problem and help them form solid opinions.
  • World Café : debate around small tables (atmosphere of a cafe) where animators stimulate discussions among participants and where all ideas are then put together in a plenary.
  • Public Walls : wall or space covered with texts written by the citizens.