Israel's Civic Cabinet
The Civic Cabinet is a Crowd Think Tank that is active in making an innovative and groundbreaking future for Israel. The project is volunteer-based and puts together leading experts, a professional team, and insights from the public. The cabinet's policy documents, experts and advisories work together to promote innovative and systematical solutions for big strategical challenges in Israel.
The project was founded on March 2020, at the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic in Israel. We all gathered because we share a deep desire to help the government handle the crisis, bringing transparency to the decision making process. We have seen the huge mistakes on handling the crisis from the very beginning. We are active on bringing an additional professional voice on the table of national discussions, that will help on promoting decisions that will help Israel recover from the pandemic with minimal damage as possible.
We all experienced the absence of the decision-making process and its organized mechanisms. As it is written in the Winograd Committee for Lessons of the Second Lebanese War, administrative work should "minimalize the dangers of uncriticized reliance on emotion, baseless intuition, impulsive reactions, or personal and political considerations" (page 54).
With the end of the first wave of the coronavirus, we understood that there is the need for an additional professional voice and a wider different thinking and decided to update our mission (presentation). Cabinet 2.0 will be beyond being active on managing the coronavirus crisis, and instead, to rebuild the way the country manages itself. It is time for us to have a different, positive, containing, and shared future, in relation with the way we want to live here.
We are not the United Nations. We have a Jewish, social, and democratic outlook, that is aiming towards our goals:
- The State of Israel, as the state of the Jews, is obligated to be pioneering and inclusive on managing our wants, promoting togetherness and mobility, and to create equal opportunities for all. We want to build a model society.
- The State of Israel, as a democratic state, needs to incorporate knowledge, expertise, and insights for a wider range of the public on its decision-making processes. We are busying the government. We are supposed to serve. This is our money.
There are some things we do differently, that reflect strong points:
- New Ides and a hunger for change: The Cabinet has a diverse team, that thinks differently and is looking for something new.
- Sharing with a wider range of communities on thinking: The Cabinet incorporates and brings the public's voice through technology.
- A flexible and fast work process: At the Cabinet, teams change, the final product is to the point and the recommendations are clear.
- A deep understanding of the system: The Cabinet has experienced experts and a professional team who knows how the system works.
It is important to note that: We do not publish op-eds (we are not a newspaper), we are not partisan (but we do have an agenda and are active on promoting it), we do not get paid from the government (and we are not its consultant company), and we do not substitute for an advocacy organization.
We are interested in influencing, and we measure it by the rate of publications that brought a change on the decisions of the division of resources, work management, instructions for the public. In addition, our Policy Team scrutinizes over the number of publications at the newspapers.
A lot of issues are at hand, but time and attention are limited, and the activity is volunteer based. There are four pillars for choosing the issues that are being focused on:
1 Number of citizens the issue might influence.
2 Extent of damage that might be caused from a mistake.
3 The ability to influence the way the issues are handled.
4 The likelihood to be mistaken at the decision-making process.
The Cabinet's work structure is anchored on our methodology document. Generally, incorporated teams finalize a policy publication, which is then passed on towards policy makers through the Policy Team, towards editors and journalists through the Communications Team, and through the website, Facebook, and Twitter for the public.
Once after every season, we incorporate a new team of volunteers to the Cabinet. We are looking for people with experience on research and policy making (students for government, policy researchers, former civil servants, etc.) with a priority towards background at the field, that could contribute 10 hours a week for volunteering for searching, material gathering, researching, and writing. Teams will be joining different experts on writing publications.
You can join here. We will get back to you every few months.
The Cabinet's publications are passed on to from a professional team to policy makers and to communication channels. For anything that has to with policy makers, we measure it by the level of interest by the policy makers, the inclusion of publications at committees, and at the end of the day, if the publications brought a change to policy. For anything that has to do with communication channels, we measure by the number of references the publications got at different types of media.
- 175 numbers of applications towards policy makers.
58 applications that the policy makers showed interested in (35%).
- 10 publications that influenced a committee on a certain issue.
- 8 briefings that were done because of the publications.
You can contact us through our Facebook page or our e-mail address.