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In a world first, Southern Lakes community news website Crux is joining forces with a global pioneer in digital democracy – Ethelo.

The Local Democracy Project is designed to increase the power of the citizen. This is the first-time public interest journalism and a digital democracy platform have joined forces.  The founding principle of the project is that citizen engagement needs to be based on an educated and informed community.

Marrying public interest journalism and fast-moving, agile citizen engagement, the aim is to combat ‘survey fatigue’ and add journalistic impact to the way public opinion is measured and made to count. More than 100 Government agencies in 33 countries are now running direct digital democracy projects.

Ethelo founder John Richardson will co-present the launch with Crux Managing Editor Peter Newport. The first Crux/Ethelo project will go live on Friday 5 April.  The goal is to give residents the power to set the agenda for this year’s local body elections, rather than the agenda being set by the candidates themselves.

Come along to the free launch to hear more!

Find out more here