I'm quoted in the Economist today: Government by (all) the people [...] Successful examples of legislation by the masses are rare. Most people don’t know how to write laws. Tim Bonnemann, the founder of Intellitics, an American firm specialising in public-participation tools, says a better method is to canvas views widely but use a small [...]
If you're in the San Francisco Bay Area, you might want to check out this exciting event the IAP2 NorCal Chapter is putting on (I'm chapter co-chair): IAP2 NorCal Event: Fixing Broke(n) Governments through Serious Games, November 17 in San Francisco Governments around the world are all facing budget shortfalls, spending cuts and reduced services. All [...]
Peter Levine points to an interesting research effort: OWS research [...] Thus I am very interested in Occupy Research, a wiki page that includes a research agenda, a survey instrument, a semi-structured protocol for qualitative interviews, guides for researchers, and even a sample release form. Doing this in a “wiki” style, so that anyone is [...]
IAP2 Canada together with Noreen Rude from the City of Calgary are hosting a Twitter chat about online engagement next week: Thursday, October 20, 2011 9.30-11.00pm MST (that's 8.30pm Pacific) Hashtag: #IAP2chat From the flyer (PDF): Online tools for Engagement?!?! Social media to engage? IAP2 Canada and Noreen Rude from the City of Calgary are hosting a [...]
Earlier last month, New York City saw the beginning of the Occupy Wall Street protest movement. What started out as a small group of people camping out at a local park in downtown Manhattan has since gained a lot of momentum and spread to dozens of cities across the US. From Wikipedia: Occupy Wall Street is [...]
Here are our top posts from September: What Is Government 2.0? What Is Public Participation? White House Petitions: A Small Sample of Popular Feedback Some good comments, too. Thanks, everyone!
Late last month, a new online community launched in Germany for people and organizations that "want to advance citizen participation in political decision making and shape the future of public participation" (translation mine). From the website (in German): Die Partizipation der Bürgerinnen und Bürger an gesellschaftlichen und politischen Entscheidungsprozessen ist ein elementarer Grundpfeiler der Demokratie: [...]
I look forward to joining this Zócalo/New America Foundation event as co-panelist, October 26, 2011 at Stanford. From the announcement: Zócalo in Palo Alto: Can Technology Save California Governments? California has more than 4,500 local governments, yet it still often feels ungoverned. Proponents of so-called “e-government” say technology can change that: the digital world, they argue, [...]