General Intellect combines the versatility of CONSUL software, an open source digital citizen engagement platform, with the power of AI and real world proven best practices.

Used by cities and organizations all over the world

A transparent digital tool that accommodates all types of participative processes used by institutions worldwide: citizen proposals, debates, participatory budgeting, collaborative legislation, interviews and surveys, voting, geolocation, and much more. Customizable & scalable for your needs today & tomorrow.

In contrast to other citizen engagement solutions, we have learnt that only open source software can guarantee accountability and transparency. Any citizen can audit how the software works. What differentiates General Intellect is our understanding that the socio-political context is crucial to ensure your project is a success.

Customizable

Customize it to suit your needs. Use it with any web browsers or mobile device.

Secure

Privacy protection with secure registration & login. integrates with many types systems.

Ongoing support

Continues monitoring & updates, as well as insight from other institutions that are using CONSUL across the world.

What is CONSUL?

CONSUL is a digital citizen engagement platform that connects the public with a greater level of flexibility & accountability than any other tool available. While other types of platforms, such as social media platforms, can have upvoting downvoting, likes, comments, surveys and polls, CONSUL was designed deliberately for citizen public engagement. It’s the most widely used open source citizen engagement tool on the market.

The value proposition

PLANS: CONSUL & CONSUL+

General Intellect created the CONSUL+ package to optimize citizen engagement rates. CONSUL+ combines award wining software with best practices and contextual needs of your use case to ensure that you achieve the highest citizen engagement rates.

What you get

CONSUL

  • Award winning software
  • A global open source network that includes updates , monitoring & maintenance
  • Best practice guides

CONSUL+

  • Award winning software
  • A global open source network that includes updates , monitoring & maintenance
  • Best practice guides
  • Guidance on how to increase citizen engagement tailored to your needs
  • Insights on where you are & how to get where you need to be
  • The ability to add AI & automation tools
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Just some of the things you can do with CONSUL

Take advantage of the collective intelligence in your community, crowdsource guidance on legislation, strategic plans, environmental assessments and other projects of public interest.

Debates

Discuss important topics with a like/dislike rating system.

Proposals

Propose your ideas and get support to make them real.

Participatory budgeting

Discuss, propose & vote on allocating a part of your budget.

Voting

Use a secure system to organize voting online or in person.

Collaborative legislation

Exchange ideas, discuss, propose & vote.

Customizable

Leverage the power of AI & other advanced tools.

Debates

Anybody can start a discussion thread and create an independent area where topics can be debated. Political representatives can also have verified profiles to open topics for debate as they see fit.

Some Key features:

Proposals

Anybody can submit a proposal to improve their city. Others can support it, and if a certain threshold is reached, the proposal can be put to the vote.

Some Key features:

Example of a citizen proposal: 1) Citizen submits a proposal, 2) Proposals that get 1% of the population’s support pass through to the next phase, 3) People can vote for or against proposals. 4) If there are more votes in favour than against, the request goes forward.

Participatory budgeting

Citizens propose and decide how parts of the budget are spent. Each person can make a proposal and vote for the initiatives of others.

The proposals that receive the most votes will be implemented.

Some Key features:

Example of a participatory budget process: 1) Part of the budget is reserved, 2) Citizens submit proposals to invest this money, 3) People support the proposals, prioritizing their preferred ones, 4) Institutions evaluate which proposals are viable and what the cost is 5) The people vote among the viable ones, 6) The most voted proposals are implemented.

Voting

You can vote for both citizen’s and institution’s proposals. Also, you can include the whole region or territory or just specific areas.

Some Key features:

Collaborative legislation
People can actively participate in preparing legislation and action plans.

Some Key features:

Customizable

As a flexible solution, flexibility, more complex participation processes can be designed, for example, for urban developments or more wide ranging institutional plans. These could include special phases of participation that can easily be integrated with other processes.

Surveys & Polling

Organizations can launch surveys and polls within the platform. Surveys can be a great compromise between full engagement and simple quick feedback. Organizations can get quantitative feedback from citizens to make informed decisions with less effort. Surveys & polling really shines when quantitative results are desirable.

What do you need to get started?

To start working with General Intellect, you just have to contact us. We will guide you in the right direction. You can leverage our team & global network experts and institutions already using CONSUL software.