Non-Degree / Dates: 11-20 January 2021

Digital Innovation for Civic Engagement Projects is a programme for digital transformation in communities and civic initiatives in order to involve more people into the discussion and decision-making process by using technology. The aim is to experience what it means to be an active citizen, community member and leader in participatory democracy and to learn about what are the biggest challenges in civic engagement. Participants will also learn how to start the digital transformation in communities and civic initiatives in order to involve more people in the discussion and decision-making process, using technology for that.

This event will bring together representatives of the international community from Indonesia, India, Switzerland, Latvia, Poland, Estonia and other countries. In this programme we will explore and share the possibilities and challenges that participatory and e-democracy faces. The representatives will share their experience from each country and learn from each other’s projects.

The aim of the programme is to improve participatory leadership skills, to learn to design civic engagement projects using technology and to do it in a culturally diverse and startup-minded environment. In this hands-on training participants will work with their own projects to learn to initiate digitally innovative engagement projects.

Why take this online course?

  • The course will help you to understand the meaning of civic engagement and participatory democracy.

  • You will learn how to start the digital transformation in communities and civic initiatives in order to involve more people in the discussion and decision-making process.

Teacher(s)

Lecturers from Tallinn University’s School of Digital Technologies and Citizen OS, including Anett Linno, Kai Pata, Azwar Hasan, David Lamas, Margo Loor, Merja Bauters, Jaan Aps.

Timetable

Real time video lectures in Zoom (Ensure you have a stable and reliable internet connection).
Time Zone:  UTC/GMT +3 hours (Check the time difference to your location)

Classes take place from Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm, but there will be also extra activities after the classes and during the weekend. The exact timetable will be confirmed shortly.

Day 1 Welcome to the programme
Day 2 Participatory leadership and values
Day 3 Argumentation and critical thinking
Day 4 Design thinking of civic engagement project (the how?)
Day 5 Design thinking of civic engagement project (project work)
Day 6-7 Weekend
Day 8 Digital transformation strategy
Day 9 Pitching day
Day 10 TBC

Participants

This programme is designed for socially active campaign leaders, community leaders, and active people, who have been identifying social problems in their communities or society and have initiated community projects.

We expect the participants to have previous experience in initiating projects or leading or participating in community or civic initiated projects or campaigns, and they come to the programme to develop their social or community campaign, programme, initiative, project, or else. Participants from International Youth Leader Organizations, students, community leaders, and active citizens are welcome to attend the course.

Credit points

2 ECTS

Course fee

400 EUR. For students 300 EUR.

This course is organised together with Citizen OS Foundation, a Tallinn-based civic tech non-profit working all around the world to enhance democracy and participation in civil society. Their mission is to empower people to collaboratively decide on issues that affect their wellbeing, via their Citizen OS co-decision platform.