An attempt to change the Icelandic constitution in the 2018-2021 election period was made, in collaboration with all parties in the Icelandic Parliament. The University of Iceland & the Citizens Foundation created a connection to the government where the public can influence the proposed constitutional amendments. No actual changes have been made yet to the constitution, this is an ongoing process.
Over 39.000 people visited the website and learned about constitution-making. Exactly 1.092 citizens logged in and created ideas and debate points – Iceland is tiny and if the same % would have participated in the US that would be over 1 million citizens and a comparable % rate in the UK would be over 200.000 people.
Crowdsourcing was one method of many used to engage the public, a regular survey was also sent out, a randomly selected Deliberative Poll (a type of citizen assembly) was held with around 300 people from all over Iceland, over a weekend, and we launched an educational game called Make Your Constitution to teach citizens what constitutions are from a high level.
Engagement methods used:
Key Outcomes: Citizens:
Key Outcomes: Government
Visit the project here with automatic English machine translation.