Reykjavik’s online platform for citizens

Better Reykjavik is an online citizen engagement platform used by more than half of the city’s population. The open-source software ‘Your Priorities’ relays policy suggestions from citizens to policymakers. Policies are proposed, voted upon by platform users and eventually submitted to city councillors. Examples of policy proposals that have been included in legislation include tougher sanctions on political figures accepting illicit donations and better support for the city’s homeless. Over $2.2 million has been spent developing over 200 citizen-suggested policies so far. The site has helped to repair the city’s confidence in its elected politicians following the 2008 financial crisis, which saw all three of Iceland’s largest privately-owned banks default at the end of the year.