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Social Participation Living Lab

Brazil former president Dilma Rousseff wanted to improve the participation of society in the decisions of the federal government and ordered the creation of a Social Participation Secretary at the beginning of 2015. By that time I just returned Brazil after my four years as a PhD student in the Netherlands. Ms Rousseff officers asked my help to develop a laboratory for social participation means.

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I helped them to organize a 10 day workshop to co-create the lab as well as an app for interacting with federal programs. We transformed a regular bureaucratic office into an inspiring design room, full of bright people from the government, university, social movements and professionals.

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The Dialoga app created during the workshop became the social participation means with the largest reach of the government, receiving more than 20.000 proposals and 270.000 votes in 3 months. Unfortunately, the app (and the whole Social Participation Secretary) was shut down by the new president Michel Temer in 2016.

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