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Better communities
with democratic innovation


The nonprofit Citizens Foundation helps governments connect constructively with citizens online. Partners include Reykjavík city, State of New Jersey, Scottish Parliament, and the World Bank.

Your Priorities offers open source idea generation and deliberation. Connecting governments and citizens by bringing people together to debate and prioritize innovative ideas to improve their communities.

Engagement Features

Community idea generation

To solve complex problems facing society, we enable communities to come together to find solutions.


Efficient & proven deliberation solution

Evolved over 12 years through thousands of projects, our communities produce constructive deliberation.


Content and toxicity management

Simple content management. AI scans all incoming content for toxicity.


And much more including participatory budgeting, video & audio, surveys, and AI-driven analytics.

Public & Open Source

All the community solutions we create are public and open source. Visit our GitHub archive.

Cloud Services

Our nonprofit partly funds itself operating cloud services. Here are monthly prices for service level agreements where you and your citizens own the data.

  • Low budget

    If you don't have the budget you don't pay. Unlimited projects and users.

  • Small

    For small and medium sized organizations.

  • Medium

    For larger organizations.


For more information, you can download PDFs about Service Level Agreements and Startup Packages.


Open Active Voting

Open Active Voting provides a secure voting platform for participatory budgeting projects, giving citizens influence over parts of the government’s budget through a gamified web application.


Open Active Policy

Open Active Policy offers a deep policy-making gamification platform. As a part of our Icelandic Constitution Crowdsourcing project, we launched a game called Make Your Constitution, to teach citizens in Iceland what constitutions are about.

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Better Reykjavík


Mass online community participation with 70,000 citizens engaging out of a population of 120,000; over 30,000 registered users submitted 10,000 ideas and 21,000 debate points.


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Video: Rebuilding faith in democracy


We have recently seen technology undermine our faith in debate in the public arena; the Foundation believes that innovations in technology can be used to restore faith in democratic debate and institutions instead.

Playlist: Iceland Study Visit


A virtual study visit to Iceland exploring the latest in citizen engagement. Part of the CODE Europe project. Funded by EEA Grants – Norway Grants.

Meet The Team

Joshua Lanthier-Welch

Executive Director, Citizens Foundation America

Josh brings to Citizens Foundation America a diverse background, with stints in academic development and philanthropy fundraising, working closely with Robert in writing, design and business development tasks in the videogame industry, and most recently in socially responsible entrepreneurship in promoting sustainable agriculture and improved food systems.

Katherine Breedlove

Director, Citizens Foundation America

Katherine brings years of experience in logistics and operations. For the last ten years she has worked closely with Josh in social, political, and educational outreach in the agricultural sector, helping to build a brand that promoted sustainable agriculture and best practices in the food industry.

Dave Parsons


David has been involved in the development of Internet applications since 1996. Initially working at the Internet Applications Group (INTAPPS) delivering enterprise level applications for companies including PwC, UBS, Vodafone & BP. In 2004 he founded Decypher Media that developed advanced Fintech applications and websites for global hedge funds GLG Partners, Man Group PLC & Castle Trust.

Robert Bjarnason

CEO/President, Citizens Foundation Iceland

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 teams 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.

Gunnar Grímsson
Gunnar Grímsson


As a co-founder and former CEO Gunnar has been at the heart of the Citizens Foundation since its start. He is an experienced process and interface designer with a strong background in multiple fields and has worked on citizens engagement projects all over the world.

Sophia Dyvik Henke


Sophia is an undergraduate at Cambridge studying Human, Social and Political Sciences. She was the Coordinator of Rory Stewart’s field campaign in central London, has produced film and lobbied government with the UK Student Climate Network and is a Youth Climate Ambassador for the Centre for UN Constitutional Research.

We believe that by building from success in improving communities of all sizes, restoring faith in democratic engagement one constituency at a time, we will thereby help forge solutions that will mount to a global tide of change.


Citizens Foundation America
4025 Griffin Creek Rd
Medford, OR 97501 US
EIN: 84-2170353


Citizens Foundation Iceland
Vegmúli 2, 108
Reykjavik, Iceland


The nonprofit Citizens Foundation was founded in 2008 in Iceland and closely collaborates with Citizens Foundation America that was founded in 2019 and is a 501(c)(3) sub-section 509(a)(2) public charity. Our mission is to connect governments and citizens by creating open state-of-the-art engagement platforms and offering consultation on how to best plan & execute successful citizen engagement projects