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The Design & Democracy Project's two main projects are On the Fence and Ask Away.

Design & Democracy Project

The Design & Democracy Project is a strategic research unit established within Massey University’s College of Creative Arts to enhance the role that design and design thinking has to play in dealing with social issues.

The project is positioned to contribute to an upturn in voter participation and increase awareness among young voters on civic and election issues. The project's focus is on further developing and launching two previously successful online voter facilitation web tools – On the Fence and Ask Away for the 2014 New Zealand general election. 

On the Fence is a fun, accessible political-values questionnaire presented as an online game. It helps undecided voters make more informed electoral choices. Users feed a sheep with hay bales representing key policy platforms and find out which political parties are most compatible with their personal values. 

Ask Away enables New Zealand youth to set the political agenda. Users ask questions, promote or endorse other users’ questions, and receive answers from political candidates or parties. Voting for questions provides an unintimidating, one-click way of participating in the political conversation, and also shows the commitment by candidates if they contribute answers.

Follow their progress on Twitter:

  • @DesignDem
  • @AskAwayNZ
  • @NZonthefence

For for more information on each of the projects see the links below.

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