Monthly Archives: June 2011

24 06, 2011

Three Op-Eds On “What’s Next California”

By | June 24th, 2011|About, Press|0 Comments

I was invited to contribute one of three short op-eds about the upcoming Deliberative Poll "What's Next California?" for Zócalo Public Square, an online magazine on civic issues based in Los Angeles, CA. You can read all three of them here (scroll to the bottom for mine): Hurdles Remain, But It’s a Start The second of [...]

15 06, 2011

White House To Seek Input (Again): A Few Basic Tips to Make It Work

By | June 15th, 2011|Open Government, Public Participation|4 Comments

As part of the newly-launched Campaign to Cut Waste, the White House on Monday announced an initiative that aims to "get rid of at least half" of an estimated 24,000 federal websites. From a public participation perspective, here's the part that's interesting (emphasis mine): As one of the first steps of the Campaign to Cut Waste and as [...]

14 06, 2011

SFOpen 2011: Ask the Candidates about Public Participation

By | June 14th, 2011|Events, Open Government|0 Comments

On Thursday, I will attend SFOpen 2011, a forum discussion on Open Government with nine of the candidates currently running for the office of Mayor of San Francisco. The event is sponsored by, GovFresh, WordPress, and various others. From the event site: SFOpen 2011 brings together the 2011 San Francisco Mayoral candidates for a discussion [...]

14 06, 2011

What’s Next California: What Should The Observers Be Monitoring?

By | June 14th, 2011|Deliberation, Events|13 Comments

Following my previous post about the upcoming Deliberative Poll here in California, I have been invited to attend the event as an observer. From the invitation email: I am writing to invite you to observe an exciting civic engagement event this summer that will help chart the course for California’s future. On June 24-26, a [...]

13 06, 2011

dg.o 2011 First Conference to Use #edem IRC

By | June 13th, 2011|Events|1 Comment

The 12th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research (dg.o 2011) kicked off yesterday in College Park, MD. Their topic this year is "Digital Government Innovation in Challenging Times". While I have yet to attend dg.o in person, it's been on my radar for a while now, and their 2011 edition looks interesting once again. For example, [...]

6 06, 2011

CityCamp SF 2011: Looking for Recent Examples of Public Participation in the Bay Area

By | June 6th, 2011|Events|2 Comments

I had a great time co-instigating the first CityCampSF last year, and wanted to give a shout-out to the upcoming sequel: CityCampSF Saturday, June 18, 2011 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM San Francisco Department of Technology Atrium 1 So. Van Ness Second Floor San Francisco CA RSVP: From the event description: CityCampSF is municipal employees, journalists, [...]

2 06, 2011

Another Nice Thing About the New

By | June 2nd, 2011|Open Government|2 Comments

The newly-relaunched is getting rave reviews from across the Open Government community. Here's one more reason to like it: Not only do they list all upcoming public meetings and public hearings online, they also allow citizens to create their own "Public Notice Widget", a custom notification filter. Not sure if this feature was part [...]

1 06, 2011

Next #edem IRC Chat: July 6, 2011

By | June 1st, 2011|Events|0 Comments

We had another good trial run today, with a number of new people joining the #edem IRC for the first time. Thanks for coming, everyone! Nothing too momentous was discussed, aside from some general resource sharing and logistics planning for futures chats. If you're curious, Michael Allan of Votorola has put up a log of [...]

1 06, 2011

Top Posts May 2011

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

Following a slow April, things did start to pick up again in May. Our three most popular posts: What Is Government 2.0? Micro-Participation In Online Consultations New York Times Budget Puzzle Onwards to June!