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Bringing Fun to Public Policy and Budgeting


September 7, 2017

Must Public Financial Management (PFM) remain a dry and boring subject to the majority of people? How can governments engage citizen critical thinking to improve policy? How can we leap from an environment where diverse opinions are given little respect to an environment of inclusivity to create smarter governments?

These were some of the questions addressed at the “Cities at Play” sessions earlier today at the Wilson Center in Washington. The core subject was “serious games” that engage citizens, from classrooms to civil society. Seven themes emerged:

  1. Need for citizen engagement in order to improve policy and budgeting decisions
  2. Need for open data to enable civic engagement
  3. Need to educate citizens on complicated policy trade offs
  4. Need to integrate online and offline citizen engagement
  5. Citizen engagement is a journey
  6. Serious games are part of CivicTech
  7. When done correctly, engagement leads to increased trust in government
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Doug Hadden

Doug Hadden

Executive Vice President, Innovation at FreeBalance
Doug is responsible for identifying new global markets, new technologies and trends, and new and enhanced internal processes. Doug leads a cross-functional international team that is responsible for developing product prototypes and innovative go-to-market strategies.

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