Monthly Archives: February 2009

27 02, 2009

Intellitics Is an eDemocracyCamp Sponsor (Again)

By | February 27th, 2009|Community, Events|0 Comments

In late 2007, I came up with the idea for eDemocracyCamp, a barcamp on e-democracy. One goal from the beginning was for it to be an open, participant-driven complement to the annual Politics Online Conference in Washington DC. The first event took place on March 2, 2008 in Washington DC. About 70 or so people [...]

23 02, 2009

European eParticipation Day: March 4, 2009 in Brussels

By | February 23rd, 2009|Events|0 Comments

Worth checking out, if you happen to be in the area: European eParticipation Day, 4 March 2009 The development and wide use of powerful new ICT applications are transforming the political landscape. These new tools allow citizens to access more information and interact, debate and participate in public life in way not seen before. They [...]

20 02, 2009

Public Participation and the Open Government Directive

By | February 20th, 2009|Public Participation, Resources|4 Comments

A few days after the launch of the new website, President Obama issued a memorandum on Transparency and Open Government, which announced that the new administration ... is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government.  We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public [...]

17 02, 2009

Finding Appropriate Evaluation Criteria for Participant Input

By | February 17th, 2009|Research|1 Comment

A common approach to trying to surface the most relevant, highest-quality or most agreed-upon items out of a large quantity of content is to allow participants to rate each other's contributions and then expose the highest-rated items in a "most popular" list. Very often, a simple binary, up-or-down rating mechanism is used for this purpose. [...]

15 02, 2009

Structuring Participant Input: Dynamic Facilitation, Brainstorming

By | February 15th, 2009|Facilitation, Research|7 Comments

While I was assembling my off-the-cuff analysis of input types on, I felt compelled to revisit two existing facilitation techniques that help guide participation by adding to the process the kind of structure that I believe could work very well for large-scale efforts. First, Dynamic Facilitation, a method I first learned about at the 2006 National Conference on [...]

15 02, 2009

25 Types of Participant Input on

By | February 15th, 2009|Research|6 Comments

As I pointed out previously, some of the discussions we saw on were all over the place even when they were supposed to focus on specific topic-related questions (e.g. "What worries you most about the healthcare system in our country?") or tasks (suggesting a question or an idea to the president-elect). At the massive [...]

9 02, 2009

Clay Shirky on and Crowd Wisdom

By | February 9th, 2009|Crowdsourcing, E-participation|3 Comments

David Wilcox reports on a talk Clay Shirky gave at the London School of Economics this past week about collective action in a political context and some of the discussions that have since ensued: Clay Shirky: online crowds aren’t always wise Clay Shirky, leading commentator on internet technologies and author of Here Comes Everybody, last night backed away [...]