Monthly Archives: February 2011

21 02, 2011

CRS Report on Open Government Initiative

By | February 21st, 2011|Open Government, Public Participation, Radar|2 Comments

As reported by Federal Computer Week last week, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) recently published a report for Congress that evaluates the first year of the Open Government Directive: The Obama Administration’s Open Government Initiative: Issues for Congress (PDF) From the summary: The 112th Congress may have interest in accessing information and documents from the [...]

16 02, 2011

Online Participation 101 In Five Minutes

By | February 16th, 2011|Events|1 Comment

Lucas Cioffi (Co-founder and CEO, Online Townhalls) is leading an effort to organize a global series of Local Open Government Innovation Summits in May. From the wiki: Welcome Note These summits will take place between May 14-22, 2011. Organizing teams, led by people who want to improve their own community, have already formed to hold [...]

14 02, 2011

Give A Minute Chicago Follow-Up

By | February 14th, 2011|Crowdsourcing, Radar|2 Comments

When Give a Minute launched in Chicago back in November, I asked what impact participants would have. This recent article in Fast Company's Co.Design seems to confirm my doubts: Looking for Bold Ideas to Fix the City, New York Turns to Crowd Sourcing In Chicago, the project, which ran from the end of November through [...]

14 02, 2011

Calgary Budget Consultation: 13 Design Principles

By | February 14th, 2011|Checklist, Participatory Budgeting, Radar, Resources|1 Comment

On Friday, the City of Calgary launched a large-scale citizen engagement project: Our City. Our Budget. Our Future. In February 2011, Council approved the engagement process for the facilitated review of core services and The City’s business planning and budget process. It is an extensive engagement process that will facilitate conversations with citizens, employees and [...]

10 02, 2011

How About an OpenGov Meetup at SXSW?

By | February 10th, 2011|Events|2 Comments

Hordes of people are set to descend on Austin, TX for SXSW Interactive next month, and it appears quite a few of them are interested in government and technology, Open Government, Government 2.0 etc. So, why not arrange for a casual get-together? Please head over to Govloop and leave a comment to help us finalize [...]

8 02, 2011

Are We Missing a Common Definition of Public Engagement?

By | February 8th, 2011|Public Participation, Radar|2 Comments

Over on the Common Sense California blog, Daniel Klein writes: Calgary Public Engagement raises some questions (it's a short post, quoted here in full): The City of Calgary, Alberta is launching a public engagement process for Business Planning. Read more here. This is an example of the need for a common definition of public engagement. Is [...]

1 02, 2011

Deliberative Democracy Workshop: February 3-5, 2011 in Sydney, Australia

By | February 1st, 2011|Deliberation, Events|1 Comment

In case you haven't seen, there's a very interesting event coming up this week. The Deliberative Democracy Workshop "Connecting Research and Practice" will take place February 3-5, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. An invited workshop, it will bring together some of the leading researchers and practitioners in this field from around the world. The expected key [...]

1 02, 2011

Top Posts January 2011

By | February 1st, 2011|About|0 Comments

For the third month in a row, our coverage of the New York Times' Budget Puzzle topped our charts. Here are our three most popular posts for January 2011: New York Times Budget Puzzle Six Questions For ExpertNet What Is Government 2.0? A bunch of interesting topics are already lining up for February. Stay tuned!