A participatory process is a sequence of participatory activities (e.g. first filling out a survey, then making proposals, discussing them in face-to-face or virtual meetings, and finally prioritizing them) with the aim of defining and making a decision on a specific topic.
Examples of participatory processes are: a process of electing committee members (where candidatures are first presented, then debated and finally a candidacy is chosen), participatory budgets (where proposals are made, valued economically and voted on with the money available), a strategic planning process, the collaborative drafting of a regulation or norm, the design of an urban space or the production of a public policy plan.
On Monday, July 19, NOVA Web Development's interns will be meeting with a representative that has been working on FundAction's Decidim implementation. The discussion will primarily be about troubleshooting when errors occur and the process of putting a Decidim instance out to the world.
FundAction is a company that uses Decidim to manage the budgeting of grants for social action and justice in Europe. Their Decidim implementation is member-only, which allows FundAction members to participate in the allocation of funds to support various civil rights movements and events. While this might not necessarily be exactly the same as the way NOVA Web Development intends on using Decidim, it is certainly an interesting idea that would likely be successful in the United States as well. This process is just to collect thoughts and questions that anyone might want to ask the FundAction representative we will be talking to.