How GlobalSay Works
GlobalSay consists of a GlobalSay Community, which is served by a set of GlobalSay software services.
The GlobalSay Community consists of Members who will take part in the meetings, and out of these some will act as Hosts and others will take the role as Facilitators. In each country represented in the Community we will need a National Node, which will translate information materials, videos, questions, instructions and the national language version of the GlobalSay software, and the nodes will help expanding the Community in their countries. Finally, the Community also has Partners, which are organisations taking a co-leadership of GlobalSay, and a Coordinator, which is DBT Foundation.
Besides involving the GlobalSay Community the debates should of course engage citizens at large. This will be done by inviting citizens as guests for the local meetings. And everyone can join as Members.
The GlobalSay software is a combination of
- Public internet functions to serve the Community with information, ensure the meetings run smoothly, and to disseminate the GlobalSay action results.
- Apps for mobiles and tablets to make it possible for members to sign up for the Community and for the meetings, and to report their answers so that they can be analysed and reported to decision-makers.
- Web-based back-end functions for the Coordinator, Partners and National Nodes.
The software is already developed to the level of screen mock-ups, rough specifications and a description of user work-flows.
A GlobalSay Action is a debate on a single topic. The Partners decide to run an Action – probably encouraged by the Community. Balanced and unbiased information is made – e.g. text to read and video to watch. It is translated by the National Nodes and published on the GlobalSay Action national sites. Hosts decide to make meetings and publish them on the site. Members sign up to meetings – and invite other citizens to sign up as well. On the day for the meeting they show up and the Facilitator ensures that they follow the program for the meeting. If there is no facilitator then the Host can start an online facilitator function, which directs the meeting on what to do when during the meeting. At the end of the meeting the participants fill in an online/app questionnaire providing their opinions or judgements. These results are analysed by the Partners and the results are published on the site. The Coordinator, Partners and National Nodes then bring the results to the attention of decision-makers.