Case Study: Who directs the conversation of the Catalan Independence?
Politics worldwide in the year 2017 showed that we are more divided than ever. Brexit negotiations continued to split the U.K. population. The gulf between Trump supporters and Democrats in America is growing. And in Spain, Catalonia’s bid for independence provoked diverse opinions.
Expert sociologists and psychologists say it is crucial that we “learn to understand people on the other side of the divide” –and crucial that policy-makers use empathy to seek access “to a range of diverse lived experiences”.
Healing divided communities means listening and understanding. #civictech platforms like Citibeats let leaders hear what both sides are saying.
We put our machine-learning algorithm to the test, analyzing citizens’ concerns around Catalan independence throughout late September and October. We traced responses from the lead-up to the 1 October (1-Oct) referendum throughout the month that followed, including key events like:
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