We made a shiny infographic/diagram about this idea of government as a platform. Click to see it full size (it's pretty big).
We may be a relatively small company (there's about 12 of us), but we have big ideas and a big vision to improve government. This is a vision based on connecting more people more directly to the decision-making process to make a more participative democracy.
We're also excited about the potential of using apps to act as the interface between government and citizens, seeing government as a platform which is enabled and optimised by an ecosystem of innovative apps. Apps are not only quick and easy to use, but they're also low-cost - a massive bonus.
From a practical perspective, the kinds of everyday work we do is largely in the sphere of policy consultation and crowd-sourcing - helping run these processes in a more efficient way using our whizzy set of digital democracy tools.
And, over the years, we've helped (and are helping) a diverse range of public sector organisations around the world including: NHS, BBC Trust, Defra, European Parliament, Department of Homeland Security, NAPA, DoH, Cabinet Office, Bristol City Council, London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, Macmillan Cancer Care. See some quick examples.
So there you go. That's us in a few paragraphs. If you want to get in contact with our team to chat some more, visit our contact page.
Although still a relatively young company, we've been doing this digital democracy stuff for a while. So here's a quick potted history of our democratic tinkerings since 2001:
2001: we create a political satire site for the 2001 UK elections called spinon.co.uk.
2002: we work on the first UK e-voting pilots across with BT and Accenture where people could vote in local elections using the internet and SMS.
2004: we create a series of democracy games called "Demgames", used by over 100 Councils across the UK.
2007: we win the BBC's innovation awards for our argument visualisation app called aMap.
2008: we work on a pilot policy crowd-sourcing project with NAPA and the Office of Management and Budget in Washington DC.
2009: Obama's team use our app (the Dialogue App) to run their first OpenGov crowd-sourcing project. In partnership with NAPA in Washington, we then go on to establish the Dialogue App as a leading crowd-sourcing tool in the US working with government agencies from the Department of Homeland Security to the Department of Energy.
2010: Citizen Space redeveloped as joint initiative with the UK Government - using open-source software to develop a complete consultation system for government.
2010: we launch "Open Gov the Movie" a documentary about the first 12 months of Obama's Open Gov initiative.
2010: the UK Government use our app (the Dialogue App) to crowd source ideas for Spending Challenge and law reform (Your Freedom). Over 58,000 ideas submitted across both dialogues.
2011: "Delib Down Under" - Chris and Tom visit Australia multiple times, to meet lovely Australian gov people and share ideas about digital democracy.
2011: Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) launch Delib-designed My 2050 - an online simulator to consult on UK energy and carbon policy.
2012: Delib goes firmly Down Under, as we launch *Delib Australia*
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