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Open Participation Solutions & Services

Build up trust in your community with idea generation, policy crowdsourcing and debate.

Budget voting and civic education with Open Active Voting

Empower citizens with Artificial Intelligence with Active Citizen

About Citizens Foundation

Open source electronic participation

We are democracy innovators

Our mission is to bring people together to debate and prioritize innovative ideas to improve their communities. Our main goal is to help citizens get their voices heard and to encourage citizens participation in governance. The Citizens Foundation was founded in the aftermath of the Iceland’s economic and trust collapse in 2008. Since then we’ve developed open source tools and methods to promote online, democratic debate and to increase citizens’ participation in their community in Iceland and worldwide. We help governments setup locally owned and operated digital democratic infrastructure.

Citizens Foundation is a non-profit organisation based in Reykjavik, Iceland, since 2008. We were awarded for our efforts with Better Reykjavik in 2011, winning the European award in the e-Democracy Awards as well as several local awards in 2011 and 2012. In 2015 a forum of the mayors of the Nordic capitals awarded our Better Neighborhoods project in Reykjavík the Nordic Best Practice 2015 award.

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Meet The Team

Robert Bjarnason

President & CEO

Róbert is a successful entrepreneur that introduced the web to Iceland in 1993 and in 1995 to Denmark. Before co-founding the Citizens Foundation in the year 2008 he worked in the online gaming industry where his team received many industry awards.

Guðný Maren Valsdóttir

Creative director

Maren is a multimedia artist and a designer. She is a force of creativity energy at the Citizens Foundation and works on the design of our apps and websites since the year 2012. Maren also contributes to the overall strategy and sits on the board of directors.









Our Participatory Social Networks

Popular participation social network in Iceland with Over 20.000 registered users in a city with 100.000 people on the voting registry.

The Better Iceland has many different projects both on national and local level in Iceland.

The Your Priorities participatory social network has citizens participating from over 20 countries in hundreds of communities.


Upgrading democracy around the world

Active Citizen, Open Active Voting, Participatory Budgeting, Policy Crowdsourcing, Your Priorities

Open Source Software

Participatory idea generation and policy crowdsourcing social network application on github.

Budget voting and civic education app on github.

Artificial Intelligence for citizen via Active Citizen library on github.

We have a better solution for your community


Contact Us


+354 6944411


Let’s connect!

The Citizens Foundation, a global nonprofit based in Iceland, provides affordable, creative, and secure open source solutions using the latest web technology for civic engagement. Easy to use, mobile adapted, multilingual solutions for citizens to engage their governments or other organisations are our speciality. Our tools are used daily to generate ideas and solutions for communities as well as to make binding or advisory budget choices on refined ideas during special periods.

Request information on our tools. Please tell us what you need from digital tools for your community or organisation.

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Digital Solutions and Tools Information with links to the best videos and presentationsFree Webinar about Idea Generation and Participatory Budgeting with Q and A on our digital tools (Better Reykjavik’s 6 years, 4 million Euros per year participatory budgeting experience.)Hosting or Software Development Options - Affordable service level agreements, advanced hosting, software customizationOpen Source Code - I am a technology developer interested in options for collaborationExclusive - Civic Reach Digital Outreach Case Study - Send me your case study comparing the use of different Facebook Ads and Google Ads in the promotion of citizen participation initiatives (inside information on our effort to reach citizen of Iceland for 13,000 Euros via well tested online advertising)