Engineering for the local systems of the social participation architecture
Michał Dziecielski1 Maciej Kamiński2 Maciej Szarejko2 Sara Zielińska1
1Department of Geographical and Geological Sciences, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań 2 Urban Cybernetics Center, Wrocław University of Technology
For several years in Poland there was conducted a test implementation concerning voting in individual public projects. This applies to particularly noticeable improvements for the residents (bicycle paths, recreation infrastructure, etc.). These tasks entirely belong to the commune’s tasks. On the other hand, under the current test procedures the residents have the opportunity to submit their project proposals. Then there is created a list of all projects
and as a result of the vote, the decision on the selection of projects directed to implementation from public funds is decided. In this way the citizens vote for specific projects, not for the people – the politicians.
This leads to the independence of the electoral calendar from the investment calendar and allows to perform early public consultations.
Most current restructuring processes in enterprises (of any size) are based on leaving the hierarchical structures for the management by the projects. One novelty is creating in the companies „Project Support Office” (PSO), operating within companies. It is a kind of alternative leadership, it focuses not on the „position” in the company, but on the realization of individual tasks (projects).
Our study presents the possibility of using the Project Support Office organization template as a surprisingly effective intermediary between hierarchically organized local government and residents.
Ideas for civic projects (created by both residents and officials), are also an opportunity to improve the quality and efficiency of the very nature of public discussion.
For the engineering for the local systems of the social participation architecture, a Participatory Project Support Office (PPSO) may be interesting proposal. It can permanently and in an extremely efficient way connect the internal decision-making specialist services and with a more spontaneous and democratic decision-making departments of the office.
In this context, the growing Polish Civil Funds experiment could enter a permanent panorama of democratic cultures. Of course, only if the public discussion concerning individual projects does not turn into a marginal part of the overall media policy.