Monthly Archives: July 2011

29 07, 2011

New York Times Poll: “What Should Congress Do?”

By | July 29th, 2011|Radar|0 Comments

Someone on Google+ shared this very cool feature the New York Times is offering on their website today. It's a graphic interface for a poll asking readers to indicate their position in the current debate about the US debt ceiling: The Debt Crisis: What Should Congress Do? The instructions are given as follows: Congress must raise the debt ceiling by Tuesday [...]

20 07, 2011

Open Government Partnership: Geo-Political Big Picture

By | July 20th, 2011|Open Government|1 Comment

The Christian Science Monitor last week featured an article from guest blogger Greg Michener, a Canadian currently based in Brazil, that explores how the Open Government Partnership "could provide the US another means to promote democracy and free trade": The Open Government Partnership – a new direction for US foreign policy? (note: the article first appeared [...]

20 07, 2011

NCDD Summer Fund Drive

By | July 20th, 2011|Community|1 Comment

The National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) is hosting their first-ever summer fund drive. From the announcement: Since 2002, the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation has served as a hub, a resource clearinghouse, and a facilitative leader for our dialogue and deliberation community. Together we have been the catalyst for extraordinary connection and [...]

20 07, 2011

Call for Chapter Proposals: Sustainable eParticipation

By | July 20th, 2011|E-participation, Radar, Research|0 Comments

There's an interesting new book project launching in Europe, scheduled to come out next year: Sustainable eParticipation Here's the introduction: In the past 5-10 years, eParticipation emerged as a novel theoretical and practical domain, and it will further characterise the policy agendas of most industrialised and developing countries in the near future. By eParticipation, we mean [...]

19 07, 2011

Open Government Partnership

By | July 19th, 2011|Open Government|3 Comments

I was traveling last week (great trip!) and am still trying to catch up on the newly-announced Open Government Partnership. From their website: The Open Government Partnership is a global effort to make governments better. We all want more transparent, effective and accountable governments -- with institutions that empower citizens and are responsive to their [...]

19 07, 2011

ParticipateDB Could Use Your Input

By | July 19th, 2011|About, ParticipateDB|0 Comments

Over on the ParticipateDB blog, we ask: What’s Next for ParticipateDB? If you've been following the project and find it a useful addition to your list of online resources, please let us know what we can and should do to make the site better. A few good ideas have already been added in the comments. Thank [...]

11 07, 2011

Deliberative Democracy Exchange 2011

By | July 11th, 2011|Events, Research|1 Comment

I'll be heading out to Dayton, OH tomorrow to attend the Kettering Foundation's Deliberative Democracy Exchange 2011: [...] This collaborative event is the Kettering Foundation’s annual opportunity to share our research and to get acquainted with people who have just learned about our work and are looking to learn even more. These research exchanges are also [...]

10 07, 2011

Give A Minute NYC Launches as Change By Us

By | July 10th, 2011|E-participation|1 Comment

For those who have been following the Give a Minute project (our coverage here, here, here), they just launched in New York City, NY under a new name, Change by Us. According to the blog, a beta version had already launched back in April. The about page explains the site's focus: users can share ideas, join or create [...]

9 07, 2011

Public Participation: It’s the Law!

By | July 9th, 2011|Public Participation|4 Comments

Via @demsoc on Twitter, I found this gem in Local Government Lawyer, a UK-based legal publication that focuses on lawyers working for and advising local authorities: Judge quashes one of first selective licensing schemes over "perfunctory" consultation Apparently, a local government in the UK had decided to implement certain changes to their housing regulations that were negatively [...]

8 07, 2011

In Defense of the Twitter Town Hall

By | July 8th, 2011|Open Government, Public Participation|7 Comments

On Wednesday, Umair Haque, well-known columnist and blogger for Harvard Business Review, shared a few thoughts on the then about-to-go-live Twitter town hall with President Barack Obama: AskObama Is a Meaningless Marketing Stunt His piece read roughly like this (selectively paraphrased for illustrative purposes): "... a tiny dose of digital dumbification... grumble grumble... a cynical [...]