Monthly Archives: March 2011

28 03, 2011

New Guide from NAPA: Tools for Online Idea Generation

By | March 28th, 2011|Research, Resources|6 Comments

The Collaboration Project, an initiative by the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), just released a new resource: Tools for Online Idea Generation: A Comparison of Technology Platforms for Public Managers The document is a follow-up to their previous introduction to online group brainstorming, which I thought was a nicely done primer for anyone just getting started with [...]

21 03, 2011

ExpertNet Moving Forward?

By | March 21st, 2011|Radar|3 Comments

The Open Government Research and Development Summit is being held at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in Washington DC today and tomorrow. According to early reports on Twitter (here, here, here), the US Government is still actively pursuing the idea of creating an ExpertNet. Shelley Metzenbaum (OMB) is quoted saying that they hope to begin [...]

16 03, 2011

Top Posts February 2011

By | March 16th, 2011|About|0 Comments

Almost forgot to list our three most popular posts for February. Here they are: New York Times Budget Puzzle Calgary Budget Consultation: 13 Design Principles What Is Government 2.0? The March leader board looks quite different so far.

12 03, 2011

SXSW Future 15: Designing Successful Online Consultations

By | March 12th, 2011|E-participation, Events, Open Government|2 Comments

Open Government through Participation: Designing Successful Online Consultations View more presentations from Intellitics, Inc. I had a lot of fun this morning presenting at the SXSW Future 15 session on Government and Technology. Thanks again to Julie Germany for the invitation. Ten minutes is not a lot of time to get into much detail though [...]

9 03, 2011

Challenges for Wiki-Based Consultations

By | March 9th, 2011|Collaboration, E-participation, Research|7 Comments

This week saw an unexpected focus on wiki-based dialogue and deliberation. To round out the series, here's a list of shortcomings or challenges I observed back in 2007/2008 when I was reviewing the examples listed yesterday. With regard to Politicopia (January 2007): One challenge I see with a pure wiki approach in this context is the fact that [...]

8 03, 2011

Democs: Smart In-Person Process for Small-Group Consultations

By | March 8th, 2011|Facilitation, Games and Play, Research|2 Comments

Stephen Whitehead, researcher at London, UK-based New Economics Foundation (nef), recently alerted me to a new paper of theirs: Connected Conversations Reflecting on nef's decade of experience in democracy and participation, this pamphlet argues that tackling the biggest issues, from climate change to social inequality, needs to start with small conversations between friends and neighbours. [...]

8 03, 2011

Blast from the Past: Experiments in Wiki-Based Political Discourse from Way Back When

By | March 8th, 2011|Deliberation, Research|3 Comments

In my previous post, I mentioned that wiki-based policy crafting has been tried before. Well, I thought what better opportunity to reach deep into the archives and dig up a few related examples from around 2007/2008 (including some that tried to tackle slightly different problems, such as issue or debate mapping, but still all fairly [...]

7 03, 2011

How To Create Policy on a Wiki

By | March 7th, 2011|Collaboration, Deliberation, Radar|13 Comments

Over the weekend, I learned about LexPop, a new wiki-based site that invites participants to collaboratively craft public policy on any issue (see their current project: Policy Drive: MA Net Neutrality). From the about page (emphasis theirs): Just as pamphlets were once the most efficient and effective means for distributing ideas, so too was this type [...]