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Learn the language of democracy (according to decidim)
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Decidim, a software platform for participatory democracy was developed in Europe to help cities and other large organizations engage citizens in meaningful deliberation and collaboration.
This software is constructed around specific terms/concepts with features attached to them to nurture democracy. It is important to understand what each of these means in the decidim system.
Spaces vs. Components
To understand how Decidim works, we need to distinguish between participatory spaces and components. The participatory spaces are like specified rooms or meeting halls that are designated to a purpose. There are four types of spaces, each with somewhat different features: Participatory Processes, Assemblies, Initiatives and Consultations.
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Groups are a sitewide function where members can self-create and invite members who wish to work together for some purpose they can define.
Initiatives are grassroots led spaces that allow members to build support for an action or idea.
A participatory process is something more than just a collection of participants or document container, processes are designed to have Phases and each phase can include various components. A process happens once, and has a beginning middle and end. A wide scale decision making process could start with surveys for example, then move to meetings, then proposals, then voting. Each process can have its own defined phases as appropriate.
An assembly is a group of members who instead of participating in a one time process, have an ongoing role, who meet periodically to make decisions about a specific area or scope of the organization. (e.g. EDAs, policy working groups, advisory councils, Federal Council, etc.)