Monthly Archives: September 2009

29 09, 2009

Participatory Government in the US: Next Milestones

By | September 29th, 2009|Events, Public Participation|2 Comments

Earlier today, the FASTForward Blog hosted a webinar discussion with Beth Simone Noveck, US Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Open Government, and Andrew Rasiej, the co-founder of the Personal Democracy Forum, titled: Gov 2.0: The Collaborative Opportunities of Open Government A recording of the webinar is available on the FASTForward Blog. I was lucky enough to get [...]

17 09, 2009

What Is Community?

By | September 17th, 2009|Community, Dictionary|0 Comments

If there was an award for most-overused term, I'm sure community would be a contender. For future reference, here is one of the best definitions I've come across so far. It's somewhat hidden in a blog post by Canada-based Myriam Laberge from a while back: Collaboration As A Living Emergent Co-Creative Process A ‘community’ is created over [...]

15 09, 2009

Crowdsourcing and Public Participation

By | September 15th, 2009|Crowdsourcing, Public Participation, Research|14 Comments

As I noted last week, I see widespread confusion around some of the key terms in the conversation about government 2.0 in general and participation in particular: public participation, crowdsourcing and "the wisdom of the crowds" -- unless I am terribly mistaken, the three don't mean the same thing and hence should not be used [...]

15 09, 2009


By | September 15th, 2009|About, E-participation, ParticipateDB, Research|4 Comments

Probably the most memorable presentation at the 2007 Community Next conference in Stanford was "The Patent-Pending skinnyCorp Method for Creating Online Awesomeness and Other Cool Stuff" by Jeffrey Kalmikoff and Jake Nickell of skinnyCorp, makers of Threadless and other entertaining projects large and small. As Kalmikoff pointed out in one of the stories they shared [...]

6 09, 2009

“No Better Time” Session Notes Now Available

By | September 6th, 2009|Deliberation, Events, Research, ROI|1 Comment

Session notes and related resources from the "No Better Time" conference at the University of New Hampshire back in July are now available for download on their resources page. Measuring and metrics was a hot topic that was discussed at the following learning exchanges: Embedding Deliberative Practices in Local Democracy (session notes, PDF): This would need some further digging [...]

5 09, 2009

Influencing EU E-Government Policy: “Open Declaration On Public Services 2.0”

By | September 5th, 2009|E-government, E-participation, Public Participation|0 Comments

I just came across this project today (a sure sign I need to refactor my RSS reading habits). From their about page: Background Every two years, EU Ministers gather to agree on a Ministerial Declaration on e-government, which is the main European strategic document. This is usually accompanied by an Industry declaration. We feel the [...]

1 09, 2009

14 Ways to Make Online Citizen Participation Work: “Be Careful What You Promise!”

By | September 1st, 2009|E-participation, Events|8 Comments

In preparation for our potential panel at SXSW 2010 and in an effort to give people a better understanding what our topic is all about, I'm putting together a mini series of posts around some of the recommendations we plan to share. This post is the first part of this series and addresses the importance [...]