Monthly Archives: August 2010

27 08, 2010

Five Participation-Related Topic Proposals at SXSW ’11

By | August 27th, 2010|Events|3 Comments

Like last year, the vast majority of session proposals for SXSW '11 in the Open Government category seem to focus on transparency and open data. Here are five sessions that look interesting from a participation perspective (including ours, of course): Social Powered Community Planning - How Now Open Government through Participation: Designing Successful Online Consultations [...]

27 08, 2010

Conversations Elsewhere

By | August 27th, 2010|About, Radar|0 Comments

Three interesting threads to highlight this week: For the second time, NCDD ran a "featured member" post and attracted a few good questions and answers: Today’s Featured NCDD Member: Healthy Democracy Oregon Over on the NCDD Forum, Matt Leighninger asks (great discussion, to be continued): Better to convene, or to aggregate? (and how?) My own [...]

27 08, 2010

How to Do a Citizens’ Assembly

By | August 27th, 2010|Deliberation, Research|2 Comments

Over the past few weeks, Melbourne, Australia-based Ron Lubensky has written an series of posts explaining the concept of a Citizens' Assembly and defending it against unfounded criticism: July 23, 2010: Open letter to Julia Gillard, Prime Minister July 26, 2010: Assembled citizens make sense July 26, 2010: Another good op-ed supporting Citizens' Assembly about [...]

24 08, 2010

Second Life and Empathy

By | August 24th, 2010|Games and Play, Radar|1 Comment

Reading up on the Knight Foundation's Technology for Engagement Inititative as they've just announced their first round of five projects to receive funding, I came across Boston, MA-based Engagement Game Lab. From their mission statement: The Engagement Game Lab at Emerson College is devoted to forging a place for games in urban civic life.  The [...]

24 08, 2010

Public Participation: Ten Simple Ideas for Better Online/Offline Integration

By | August 24th, 2010|Collaboration, Community, Public Participation, Research|11 Comments

In preparation for the upcoming series of NCDD 2010 Regional Events (including the one right here in the Bay Area, October 29), Sandy Heierbacher (Director, NCDD) has asked for input on a question I know has been on the minds of many in the NCDD community for the past few years: "How can we best meld/combine [...]

23 08, 2010


By | August 23rd, 2010|About, Public Participation|3 Comments

I had the distinct pleasure to attend all five days of IAP2's Certificate Training Course in Public Participation last month (check their training calendar for upcoming training opportunities in your area). As I mentioned at the time, it was time well spent! As per the training materials, here's what the three training units [...]

19 08, 2010

CityCampSF: October 16/17, 2010 in San Francisco, CA

By | August 19th, 2010|Events|3 Comments

Update 09/30: There will be a smaller, one-day event on October 16, while we start planning a larger, two-day event for early 2011. A couple of months ago, I started an innocent thread on Govloop: OpenGov unconference in the SF Bay Area? Speaking of barcamps, we should really do an unconference about this stuff in the [...]

13 08, 2010

Conversations Elsewhere

By | August 13th, 2010|About, Radar|0 Comments

Just a few threads to point to this week, a couple of which prompted me to highlight IAP2's core values and code of ethics: Andrea di Maio covers a report by The Guardian on Programme for Government, I point out that this was not crowdsourcing and reiterate the list of possible reasons why this effort failed [...]

12 08, 2010

E-Participation in Context (Part 3): Bureaucratic Change

By | August 12th, 2010|E-participation, Public Participation, Research|1 Comment

This is the third part of a series of discussion starters on contextual aspects of e-participation (part 1 dealt with Institutional Backing, part 2 with Advocacy and Leadership). Contributed by our student intern, they are inspired by his master thesis on e-participation. Establishing mechanisms for collaborative governance, such as e-participation processes (or public participation processes [...]

11 08, 2010

Intellitics SXSW 2011 Session Proposal: “Open Government through Participation: Designing Successful Online Consultations”

By | August 11th, 2010|Events|3 Comments

As is the tradition with South by South West, they do a great job of allowing the community to help design the conference program. Their famous Panel Picker application went live this morning, and this is the session proposal we submitted: Open Government through Participation: Designing Successful Online Consultations Public participation—the process of engaging citizens and stakeholders [...]