Monthly Archives: December 2010

29 12, 2010

ExpertNet: White House Clarifies Intended Audience and Topic Focus

By | December 29th, 2010|Open Government|2 Comments

The online consultation around the ExpertNet RFI has been under way for almost three weeks. A couple of weeks back, I raised two key questions concerning the scope of the proposed platform: ExpertNet scope: intended audience, topic focus According to the original draft, "[ExpertNet] allows government officials to tap into a vast network of experts and [...]

27 12, 2010 Participation Map for Germany

By | December 27th, 2010|Europe, Radar|1 Comment (German for my democracy) is a new directory of participation opportunities in Germany that launched a few days ago. The much-anticipated project describes itself as a central information hub for opportunities for political participation and allows users to find information about nearby projects and ways to participate. From the about page (translation mine): [...]

23 12, 2010

Peter Levine on Crowdsourcing

By | December 23rd, 2010|Crowdsourcing|1 Comment

Peter Levine wonders whether we could "crowdsource civic renewal" and in his post shares a couple of key observations that relate to the crowdsourcing of policy, its challenges and the need for deliberation instead (emphasis mine): At first national meeting of the Coffee Party, in Louisville, KY, the legal scholar and activist Lawrence Lessig electrified the [...]

21 12, 2010

Participation Hashtags We Follow

By | December 21st, 2010|Radar|6 Comments

Someone just suggested a new Twitter hashtag for a certain participation-related topic. They are becoming so many, I thought it might be a good idea to list the ones that we're trying to follow (some more than others): #edem -- All things e-democracy and e-participation #epartizipation -- German for e-participation #epart -- E-participation #publicengmt -- [...]

20 12, 2010

I’m Running for the Board of IAP2 USA

By | December 20th, 2010|About|6 Comments

I'm running for the Board of IAP2 USA. Here are a few reasons why: I believe strongly in the power of participation, and IAP2 with its solid framework (core values, code of ethics, spectrum etc.) and centuries of collective experience among its membership is one of the premier organizations in this field. IAP2 USA is [...]

15 12, 2010

New EIPP Paper: Thoughts on Public Participation in Europe

By | December 15th, 2010|Europe, Public Participation, Research, ROI|4 Comments

The European Institute for Public Participation (EIPP), a Bremen, Germany-based not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote better decision-making through public participation, just shared a new paper titled Making citizens' voices heard -- and listened to. Thoughts on public participation in Europe (PDF). I found this definition of public participation useful (page 3/4): Public participation, thus, [...]

8 12, 2010

ExpertNet RFI

By | December 8th, 2010|Radar|9 Comments

This just in via the Open Government Directive Google group! The US General Services Administration (GSA) is looking for input on a proposed ExpertNet platform. Draft Concept for Government-Wide ``ExpertNet'' Platform and Process To Elicit Expert Public Participation in Response to Government Questions AGENCY: U.S. General Services Administration. ACTION: Notice; request for public comment. SUMMARY: [...]

7 12, 2010

IAP2 USA Board Elections

By | December 7th, 2010|Radar|0 Comments

Since I last mentioned it in September, quite a bit of progress has been made towards starting up the new IAP2 USA: the application to become an IAP2 Affiliate was approved by the International Board in November, the blog has been seeing about ten posts per month and regular comments, and both individuals and organizations are beginning to [...]

6 12, 2010

Top Posts November 2010

By | December 6th, 2010|About|0 Comments

In case you missed them, here are the three posts that were most popular during the month of November: New York Times Budget Puzzle PACE Conference: The Role of Social Media in Public Participation Public Participation: Four Common Misconceptions November was our best month yet in terms of traffic, with the Budget Puzzle coverage eclipsing [...]

2 12, 2010

Video: Online Engagement Panel at NCDD 2010 Austin

By | December 2nd, 2010|Events|1 Comment Here's the video from the Online Engagement panel at NCDD 2010 Austin (see slides). My 9-minute opening remarks start at around 14:45. Asked about the one big issue or question the panelists were grappling with I stated the following (minimally edited, starts at 35:15): The main challenge that my company is working on is [...]