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Ismael Peña-López

Soc l'Ismael Peña-López.

Soc Director General de Participació Ciutadana i Processos Electorals a la Generalitat de Catalunya.
Anteriorment, i durant prop de 13 anys, vaig ser professor dels Estudis de Dret i Ciència Política de la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.
He estat també investigador sènior a Open Evidence i director fellow d'Innovació Oberta de la Fundació Jaume Bofill.

Els meus principals àmbits de treball són l'impacte de les TIC a la societat (e-Readiness, divisòria digital), especialment en el Desenvolupament (e-Inclusió, ICT4D) i les institucions educatives (e-Learning, competència digital) i polítiques (e-participació, e-democràcia).

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REPORT. Catalan Participation Lab Network. Public facilities and social innovation

Cover of the report "Xarxa ParticipaLab de Cataluña. Equipamientos ciudadanos e innovación social"
Xarxa ParticipaLab de Cataluña. Equipamientos ciudadanos e innovación social

When working with the idea of the citizen participation ecosystem from the point of view of a national government, one of the basic questions is how the Administration should nurture and facilitate such ecosystem. There are, at least, two approaches that have been traditionally explored.

  • On the one hand, the Administration can fund the creation or growth of a body of professionals that can contribute to deploy a number of citizen participation initiatives all over a given territory. These professionals can work at the higher level of the Administration or can be distributed or scattered on lower levels of the Administration (i.e. local administrations), but the result is to be able to cover most necessities with a good amount of trained and dedicated professionals.
  • On the other hand, and sometimes compatible with the former approach, the Administration can fund the ...

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GUIDE. Guide to gender mainstreaming in participatory processes

Cover of the "Guide to gender mainstreaming in participatory processes"
Guide to gender mainstreaming in participatory processes

Although I had been long interested on gender studies, during December 2018 and the first months of 2019 I began to actively search for documents that dealt with the issue of gender (discrimination, inequality, etc.) on citizen participation. I found out that there was quite a lot of literature on gender and democratic institutions, but nothing specifically on gender mainstreaming in participatory processes.

So, at the Directorate General of Citizen Participation and Electoral Processes we decided to do our own research and project on the issue. With the valuable help of Fundació Surt, and after an initial training, we analyzed public procurement, the facilitation of events, the evaluation processes, information and communication protocols, etc. under the light of gender mainstreaming.

The result was triple. First, the aforementioned analysis and evaluation; second, a set of internal protocols to improve our own work; third, a ...

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ICT4D Blog

26/09/2020

Citizen Participation in policy-making: internalizing externalities and preventing conflict through planning and evaluating

Some people use to believe of citizen participation as something that is at odds with policy-making. That is, that citizen participation complicates the execution of policies and delays results.

The reality is quite far from this —considering, of course, that one is committed with quality policy-making and actually aim at having an impact with the policies that one is pushing forward.

Although there is an increasing number of instruments that can be called citizen participation, most of them have the following scheme:

  1. The Administration has something in mind.
  2. Citizens are asked for an opinion.
  3. The Administration tells citizens what it did with their opinion.

These three apparently innocent steps are key to driving improvements —not delays— in policy-making.

First, the Administration just cannot "have something in mind". If one is not telling anyone, any crazy idea might be passed along and put into practice. But if the information is going to be public, and made widely available for public scrutiny, planning becomes a must. Thorough diagnosis, analysis, planning and design are a requisite for any kind of citizen participation initiative. In this train of thought, citizen participation ...

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Sociedad Red Blog

27/12/2020

Soluciones a la búsqueda de problemas y estándares de facto

Portada del artículo Soluciones a la búsqueda de problemas y estándares de facto

No hay un proceso canónico de creación de conocimiento. Encontraremos, desde la epistemología hasta el management, multitud de formas con las que explicar cómo la Humanidad baja del árbol y, una vez en pie, convierte una rama en una herramienta para mejorar su existencia.

Sin embargo, sí podemos definir dos direcciones opuestas en las que sucede esta creación del conocimiento, que la filosofía ha categorizado, a grandes rasgos, en racionalismo y empirismo. El racionalismo comienza haciéndose una gran pregunta, ...

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