How do we work?
In Kentucky, only 11% of the electorate have ever contacted one of their elected officials. Only 23% report talking to their friends, family, or neighbors about the issues that impact their community. Even less show up at council meetings, participate in public hearings, or sit on municipal boards and commissions.
That’s not good.
But we think there’s a good reason why this is happening: civic processes aren’t built for everyday folks.
Civic processes can feel inaccessible because the folks that spend all day working on these issues are… professionals that spend all day working on these issues. They have degrees in urban design or finance. They’re used to using certain language and certain approaches. And that’s great!
But it can mean that normal, everyday folks have a hard time engaging with it.
We’re trying to tackle this issue by using creative practice and technology to examine and reimagine civic processes at the local level in Lexington, Kentucky.
Creative Practice is just a fancy way of saying “we try to be childlike, creative, and critical”.
Our work tries to put a creative spin on civic processes like budgeting, constituent engagement, and more through playing games, making art together, and facilitating conversation in a way that is inviting to as many people as possible.
Civic technology often suffers from the same problems that civic processes do.
We design simple, easy to use technology implementations to solve issues like understanding how government is structured, who to engage with on specific issues, and more.