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About the Citizens Foundation

We are democracy innovators

Our mission is to connect governments and citizens, bringing people together to debate and prioritize innovative ideas to improve their communities. Our main goal is to help citizens get their voices heard and to encourage citizens participation in governance.

 

The Citizens Foundation was founded in the aftermath of the Iceland’s economic and trust collapse in 2008. Since then we’ve developed open source tools and methods to promote online, democratic debate and to increase citizens’ participation in their community in Iceland and worldwide. We help governments setup locally owned and operated digital democratic infrastructure.

Citizens Foundation is a non-profit organisation based in Reykjavik, Iceland, since 2008. We were awarded for our efforts with Better Reykjavik in 2011, winning the European award in the e-Democracy Awards as well as several local awards in 2011 and 2012. In 2015 a forum of the mayors of the Nordic capitals awarded our Better Neighborhoods project in Reykjavík the Nordic Best Practice 2015 award.

Customised service

Upgrading Democracy around the world

Active Citizen / Open Active Voting / Participatory Budgeting / Policy Crowdsourcing / Your Priorities
Active Citizen / Participatory Budgeting / Policy Crowdsourcing

Open Participation Solutions & Services

Policy Crowdsourcing

 

Build up trust in your community with idea generation, policy crowdsourcing and debate.

Participatory Budgeting

 

Budget voting and civic education with Open Active Voting

Empower Citizens With AI

 

Empower citizens with Artificial Intelligence with Active Citizen

Meet The Team

Robert Bjarnason

President & CEO

Róbert is a successful entrepreneur that introduced the web to Iceland in 1993 and in 1995 to Denmark. Before co-founding the Citizens Foundation in the year 2008 he worked in the online gaming industry where his team received many industry awards.

 

robert@citizens.is

Guðný Maren Valsdóttir

Creative director

Maren is a multimedia artist and a designer. She is a force of creativity energy at the Citizens Foundation and works on the design of our apps and websites since the year 2012. Maren also contributes to the overall strategy and sits on the board of directors.

 

maren@citizens.is

Gunnar Grímsson
Gunnar Grímsson

Ambassador

As a co-founder and former CEO Gunnar has been at the heart of the Citizens Foundation since its start. He is an experienced process and interface designer with a strong background in multiple fields and has worked on citizens engagement projects all over the world.

 

gunnar@citizens.is

Our Social Networks

Blog

Open Source Software

Your Priorities App

 

Participatory idea generation and policy crowdsourcing social network application on github.

Open Active Voting

 

Budget voting and civic education app on github.

Active Citizen

 

Artificial Intelligence for citizen via Active Citizen library on github.

Let’s connect!

The Citizens Foundation, a global nonprofit based in Iceland, provides affordable, creative, and secure open source solutions using the latest web technology for civic engagement. Easy to use, mobile adapted, multilingual solutions for citizens to engage their governments or other organisations are our speciality. Our tools are used daily to generate ideas and solutions for communities as well as to make binding or advisory budget choices on refined ideas during special periods.

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Digital Solutions and Tools Information with links to the best videos and presentationsFree Webinar about Idea Generation and Participatory Budgeting with Q and A on our digital tools (Better Reykjavik’s 6 years, 4 million Euros per year participatory budgeting experience.)Hosting or Software Development Options - Affordable service level agreements, advanced hosting, software customizationOpen Source Code - I am a technology developer interested in options for collaboration