Monthly Archives: November 2010

29 11, 2010

The Citizens’ Toolbox: March 16-19, 2011 in Oxford, OH

By | November 29th, 2010|Events|0 Comments

Following this year's Connect the Dots, the next national student conference is right around the corner: The Citizens' Toolbox March 16-19, 2011 The Miami University Marcum Conference Center Oxford, OH The conference is "for students but includes professionals, academics, and everyday citizens." From the website (emphasis mine): Convening a diverse group of students and participants from [...]

27 11, 2010

What Is Government 2.0?

By | November 27th, 2010|Dictionary|13 Comments

This is one of those posts that's more of a mental note to myself than anything else. Don't expect to learn anything new if you're following these conversations already. Over on GovLoop, the difference between Government 2.0 and Open Government is being discussed (probably not for the first, much less for the last time). I [...]

26 11, 2010

Give A Minute Chicago: Reinventing Public Participation?

By | November 26th, 2010|Crowdsourcing, Radar|6 Comments

Give a Minute Chicago is a new web and mobile application that asks citizens in the greater Chicago area to submit ideas about what would encourage them to walk, bike or take public transportation more often. Here's how CEOs for Cities, initiators behind this project, announced it on their website earlier this month: Give a Minute for [...]

22 11, 2010

UK Citizen Participation Platform Shelved

By | November 22nd, 2010|Crowdsourcing|4 Comments

Looks like the Citizen Participation Platform, an idea introduced by the UK Conservative party during the campaign there earlier this year, won't happen anytime soon. According to this report in The Guardian: [...] But another ambitious idea about how best to harness the power of the internet has also been dropped. The Tories announced a competition last [...]

18 11, 2010

Participation Meetup Cologne: January 8, 2011

By | November 18th, 2010|Europe, Events, Open Government|13 Comments

Update 12/21: It appears that OpenEtherpad's .com domain has expired. Please use the .org domain instead to RSVP for this event: When it comes to e-participation, Europe really has it going on. It seems hardly a week goes by that doesn't see some kind of workshop or conference or other activity in that area. [...]

16 11, 2010

Does the Budget Puzzle Qualify As “Deliberative Choice Work”?

By | November 16th, 2010|Deliberation, Participatory Budgeting, Radar|3 Comments

Over on Facebook, the Kettering Foundation asks with regard to the Times' Budget Puzzle: What do you think: are budgeting exercises like these what we would call "deliberative choice work"? If not, how are they related? For a definition of what Kettering means by choice work, we turn to the ever-competent NCDD resource center and [...]

14 11, 2010

New York Times Budget Puzzle

By | November 14th, 2010|Participatory Budgeting, Radar, Research|11 Comments

Update 11/14: For more background, see this accompanying NYTimes story: O.K., You Fix the Budget Yesterday, The New York Times launched Budget Puzzle: You Fix the Budget, an easy-to-use online budget simulator that challenges participants to balance the US federal budget both short and longer-term. From the website: Today, you’re in charge of the nation’s [...]

12 11, 2010

Top Posts October 2010

By | November 12th, 2010|About|0 Comments

These were the three most popular posts last month: Public Participation: Four Common Misconceptions What Is Deliberation? CityCampSF: October 16/17, 2010 in San Francisco, CA November is next.

11 11, 2010

IAP2 NorCal Lunch Webinar: November 19

By | November 11th, 2010|Events|0 Comments

The IAP2 Northern California chapter, of which I am one of the two co-chairs, is doing a lunch webinar next week: IAP2 NorCal Lunch Webinar Friday, November 19 at 12 noon Pacific Time Web conference details to be announced We'll update interested members and non-members on the IAP2 transition process and will discuss our future [...]