U.S. Department of Energy Guidance on “Effective Public Participation”

As I was searching the web today for resources on the history of public participation in the United States, I came across this paper (PDF) from 1998 by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of NEPA Policy and Assistance outlining a number of recommendations regarding effective public participation. The document defines public participation as follows: Definition of [...]

By |November 5th, 2015|Dictionary, Public Participation, Resources|0 Comments

2016 Event and Conference Radar

For the fifth year in a row (see here, here, here and here), we're putting together a list of 2016 conferences and events at the intersection of technology and: public participation, dialogue and deliberation, planning, conflict resolution, open government, civic engagement, and related fields. This page will be continuously updated. Please leave a comment below or contact us if you [...]

By |November 3rd, 2015|Events|1 Comment

CeDEM16 Call for Papers

The international Conference for e-Democracy and Open Government (CeDEM), is celebrating its tenth anniversary next year. The conference: ... brings together e-democracy, e-participation and open government specialists working in academia, politics, government and business to critically analyse the innovations, issues, ideas and challenges in the networked societies of the digital age. Tracks include: E-Democracy and E-Participation [...]

By |November 2nd, 2015|Events|0 Comments

SmartParticipation Launches NYC Congestion Discussion

The RegulationRoom team at Cornell University just launched their first local policy discussion on From the email announcement: Lately, experts and advocacy groups have been weighing in heavily on NYC traffic congestion. While this is good, it’s also important to hear from the people who deal with congestion daily—commuters, pedestrians, bicyclists, professional & private drivers, [...]

By |October 29th, 2015|E-participation, Online Consultation, Radar|0 Comments

Cataloguing the Arguments Pro and Con Participatory Budgeting

Last November, I started a list to help keep track of the ever-evolving debate around participatory budgeting and its promise and merits, particularly in the United States: Participatory Budgeting: Arguments Pro and Con The goal is to compile a comprehensive list of arguments pro and con Participatory Budgeting (PB). The term participatory budgeting here refers to [...]

By |October 28th, 2015|Participatory Budgeting, Research|0 Comments

Public Participation in the Third U.S. Open Government National Action Plan

Today, the United States released their third Open Government National Action Plan (see also our previous posts here and here). Once again, the plan includes a number of items related to public participation, one of the three open government pillars contained in the original memorandum and directive back in 2009: U.S. Public Participation Playbook (page [...]

Online Facilitation Unconference 2015

International Facilitation Week is upon us, October 19-25, courtesy the International Association of Facilitators (IAF). For the third year in a row (see here, here), we're involved in organizing an online unconference for practitioners from around the globe interested in sharing and learning about facilitation in virtual environments. Topic brainstorming is set to kick off [...]

By |October 16th, 2015|Events, Facilitation|0 Comments

The GovLab to Host Third Global Online Conference on Crowdlaw

Following two events earlier this year (see here), The GovLab will host another online conference on crowdlaw this Thursday, September 24. From the Eventbrite page: The GovLab is organizing its third global online conference on #CrowdLaw, that will bring together practitioners to share their experiences and learn from others about crowdsourced legislative and regulatory lawmaking. [...]

By |September 21st, 2015|Events|0 Comments