Manuel Barros
Manuel Barros

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Manuel: “Abre is a methodology + digital platform for participation and true collaboration within local governments. Abre arises from the need to innovate in public management and to claim the role of the citizen in the creation and maintenance of the conditions of their existence and coexistence with other actors. Closely linked to the concept of open government, Abre strengthens the relationship between authorities and citizens through collaboration and, above all, active and binding participation.”

Abre is a methodology and digital platform for real citizen participation. A space for collaboration between local governments and citizens.

Project description

What problem are you trying to solve?
Both in Chile and in Latin America there is a deep crisis of confidence in public institutions and a great disaffection between the citizens and their authorities. Cases of corruption, remoteness in decision-making and a tradition of governance behind citizens’ backs have profoundly diminished civic space and a healthy democratic relationship. This is manifested with special emphasis on the smaller territories, on local governments, in which opaque decision-making processes are perpetuated and often obscure particular interests outside the community. This undoubtedly affects the common good and healthy coexistence.

What is your solution to this problem?
Abre is a proposal of Fundación Ciudadano Inteligente that seeks to bring the work of local governments closer to the reality of their communities and put collaboration at the center of local management. It is a participatory methodology for the creation and implementation of municipal policies, programs and actions, composed of a set of stages and instances of dialogue between the municipality and its neighbors.

With the support of a digital platform for dialogue and systematization of processes, in addition to a strong component of fieldwork, Abre is projected as a new way of doing things in governments, starting from the idea that “neighbors do know what they want” as solutions to their problems.

Why are you going to win The Spindle Award for Best Innovation?
“Abre” is going to win The Spindle Award for Best Innovation not only because it’s a proposal of changing the way decisions are made within local governments, but because it does so by taking on a very important discussion in the field of social innovation: the relationship between online and offline. “Abre” identified and addressed the need -at least in Latin American territory- to successfully combine spaces of digital deliberation with instances of face-to-face encounter and collaboration.


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