We Played More Than Two Games - And Changed the World!
In my  Agile 2015 keynote, I challenged the Agile Community to change the world by playing two games. With the help of the  Agile Alliance , the  Scrum Alliance , Agilists around the world and a whole bunch of other people,  Every Voice Engaged Foundation was able to accomplish a whole lot! Here is a brief summary of what we accomplished since August of 2015.
Completed: We produced a very large Zero-Based Budget Participatory Budgeting project for San José, CA in February of 2016. This project enabled the City to better allocate more than $63M in funding for Neighborhood Services (report  here). This project is a terrific example of how San José, CA continues to experiment with various forms of Participatory Budgeting for dollar amounts that are quite significant. We are presently hoping to expand this to get City employees involved in the process because we think they would have excellent insight on the best way to allocate reallocate funds within a budget.
Completed: We produced  www.d3decides.com, a project in which residents of District 3 were given $100,000 in funding. Residents submitted ideas, shaped them into proposals, and selected the funds. If you like  Product Box, you're going to love watching the videos of residents pitching their products:  http://d3decides.com/phase-four/. This project also enabled us to extend  Buy a Feature  to enable single-player mode on smart phones, dramatically increasing our ability to engage residents.
Completed: We wanted to see if we could push the boundaries of Participatory Budgeting, so we gave $500 to the Sunnyvale Middle School (grades 6,7,8) under the condition that the kids were in complete control of the funds. They used our software platforms to create project ideas, shaped them into proposals and then selected them. The winning project surprised all of the adults: replacing an existing water fountain with a new model that could refill water bottles (better for the environment ;-).
In-Flight: We finished a whole slew of updates to  Common Ground for Action, our deliberation platform we created in partnership with the Kettering Foundation. We're in the midst of planning a big project for 18 members of the US Congress on  Making Ends Meet (inequality),  Immigration Reform, and  Political Fix (getting American politics back on track).
Completed : We've trained more than 100 facilitators (this was pro-bono training!). And we're going to KEEP on training people.
In-Design: We're hoping to work with Kettering and other Communities to improve race relations with public safety (police) and the communities they serve. This is an especially sticky problem so we're moving with respect and caution.
Finally, y'all know we're crazy dreamers... so I'll close this post by sharing  The Democracy Machine, our vision of an expanded platform that integrates and extends our work in Participatory Budgeting and Deliberative Decision Making. Written by  John Gastil with contributions from Luke Hohmann, Amy Lee from The Kettering Foundation, and others, we're proud to have published this work in collaboration (there's that word again! ;-)) with the  Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Dream and Play On, my friends.