Monthly Archives: May 2011

30 05, 2011

Next #edem IRC Chat: June 1, 2011

By | May 30th, 2011|Events|3 Comments

Following the inaugural IRC chat earlier this month, we'll be meeting again this coming Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at 2pm Pacific Central (9pm 11pm 9pm Berlin): #edem The idea is to establish this as an additional standing backchannel to be used especially during conferences and events related to e-participation and e-democracy. In the meantime, we'll [...]

29 05, 2011

Upcoming Deliberative Poll on California Governance Issues

By | May 29th, 2011|Deliberation|3 Comments

Now here's an interesting project, scheduled to happen in California next month (via). From the press release: Coalition of Reformers, Academics and Foundations to Conduct California’s First-Ever Statewide Deliberative Poll SAN FRANCISCO, CA — A coalition of non-partisan reform organizations, academics and journalists today announced that they will partner with Stanford University's Center for Deliberative Democracy to conduct [...]

22 05, 2011

Lenzo: The Key to Online Hosting Is Deep Listening

By | May 22nd, 2011|Facilitation|3 Comments

Adriano Pianesi and Amy Lenzo just released a short guide to online hosting (published in the March issue of The Systems Thinker): The Art of Online Hosting: From Powerpoint to Powerful (PDF). From the paper: The key to online hosting is simple—deep listening. When it comes to using online tools, people are often distracted by technology, and [...]

17 05, 2011

Collective Intelligence 2012: April 19-20, 2012 in Cambridge, MA

By | May 17th, 2011|Events|4 Comments

The other day, this promising-looking conference popped up on my radar: Collective Intelligence 2012. From the site (emphasis mine): Overview Collective intelligence has existed at least as long as humans have, because families, armies, countries, and companies have all--at least sometimes--acted collectively in ways that seem intelligent. But in the last decade or so a new kind [...]

10 05, 2011

Consultation Directory At

By | May 10th, 2011|Open Government|0 Comments

Earlier today, a new UK government site launched which I'm sure will be very much worth watching. From the about page: What is is an experimental prototype of a new, single website for UK Government, developed in line with the recommendations of Martha Lane-Fox's Review. The site is a demonstration, and whilst it's [...]

7 05, 2011

What Is Civic Engagement?

By | May 7th, 2011|Dictionary|7 Comments

My previous post on micro-participation included a definition of civic engagement that I hadn't referenced before. According to Michael X. Delli Carpini, Dean of the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, civic engagement can be defined as: Individual and collective actions designed to identify and address issues of public concern. I have [...]

3 05, 2011

This Thursday in SF: IAP2 NorCal Chapter Meetup

By | May 3rd, 2011|Events|0 Comments

I'll be in San Francisco this Thursday night to meet up with fellow members and friends of the IAP2 NorCal chapter. From the IAP2 USA blog: NorCal Chapter Meetup This Thursday in SF As promised, here are the details for this week’s get-together of the Northern California chapter: IAP2 NorCal Meetup Thursday, May 5 from [...]

2 05, 2011

Heierbacher: Dialogue and Deliberation as the Basis for Sustainable Decision Making

By | May 2nd, 2011|Deliberation, Dialogue|1 Comment

Sandy Heierbacher, Director of the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation (NCDD), gives a nice two-paragraph summary this morning of what her organization's work is all about: [...] Our most urgent problems seem even more unsolvable because of our inability to come together civilly and discuss issues and potential solutions in depth with all “sides.” [...]

2 05, 2011

Top Posts April 2011

By | May 2nd, 2011|About|1 Comment

April turned out to be one of those low-yield blog months, and none of the most recent posts were able to score against the archives. Here are the three most popular ones: What Is Government 2.0? New York Times Budget Puzzle What Is Public Participation? Let's hope things pick up again in May.