Technology and Digital Engagement at NCDD 2016

The biennial National Conference on Dialogue and Deliberation is around the corner. Today, they released the full program, and just like we did last time around, here's a look at the sessions and workshops dealing with technology and digital engagement in some way, shape or form (emphasis mine). Friday, 1–2:30pm Opening Budgets to Public Engagement – Public officials generally agree that [...]

By | September 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

ParticipateDB Turns Seven: September 15 Meetup in San José, CA

For our readers in the San Francisco Bay Area, please join us next month for a casual meetup to celebrate International Day of Democracy and, along with it, the seventh anniversary of the launch of ParticipateDB, the online catalogue for all things digital engagement. Please register so we know roughly how many tables to reserve. Thanks, [...]

By | August 24th, 2016|Events, ParticipateDB|0 Comments

Mapping Digital Engagement Tools: July 4 in Paris, France

The good people at Etalab, the French Prime Minister's task force on open government and open data, are doing interesting work, and I'm thrilled to be speaking at an informal meetup they're hosting at the Easter-egg office in Paris, France this coming Monday, July 4: Mapping digital engagement tools 7.00 to 9.00pm Easter Eggs 44/46, rue [...]

By | June 28th, 2016|Europe, Events, Open Government, ParticipateDB|0 Comments

EU Tweetup: June 30 in Brussels, Belgium

I'll be spending the day in Brussels, Belgium this coming Thursday, June 30 and look forward to attending the local EU Tweetup in the evening: #EUtweetup Brussels – Thursday, 30 June 2016 – Holyrood meets Brussels About the event: ‘EU tweetups’ are informal pub nights about EU politics. They are relaxed friendly gatherings of people [...]

By | June 27th, 2016|Europe, Events|0 Comments

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