Monthly Archives: December 2011

29 12, 2011

New Book on Online Consultations

By | December 29th, 2011|E-participation, Resources|0 Comments

Peter M. Shane, Jacob E. Davis and Jacob E. Davis II Chair in Law at the Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law, just announced the arrival of a new book he has co-edited with Stephen Coleman, Professor of Political Communication in the Institute of Communications Studies at the University of Leeds: "Connecting Democracy: Online Consultation [...]

22 12, 2011

ACUS Recommendations on E-Rulemaking

By | December 22nd, 2011|Checklist, E-participation, Open Government, Rulemaking|0 Comments

The Assembly of the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) recently adopted recommendations regarding Agency Innovations in E-Rulemaking (PDF) after having reviewed the websites and e-rulemaking initiatives of 90 agencies. The Conference studied the websites and e-rulemaking initiatives of 90 agencies, each of which had reported completing an average of two or more rulemakings during each [...]

21 12, 2011

Expertnet Prototyping Using Quora: Participation Metrics at Week Two

By | December 21st, 2011|Crowdsourcing, Open Government, ParticipateDB|1 Comment

Early on during the Expertnet consultation last year, I shared the following (sadly, the Expertnet wiki is locked due to its paid subscription having expired, but Google still has most of it cached): re: Notifying Experts tbonnema Dec 18, 2010 12:43 am It looks like ExpertNet is trying to solve at least two distinct problems: [...]

20 12, 2011

Participedia Relaunch

By | December 20th, 2011|Research|0 Comments

This morning, I was alerted to the relaunch of Participedia, an online resource that documents organizations, methods and projects in the area of participatory democracy. From the about page: Participedia harnesses the power of collaboration to respond to a recent global phenomenon: the rapid development of experiments in new forms of participatory politics and governance [...]

16 12, 2011

2012 IAP2 USA Board Involvement

By | December 16th, 2011|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Last year, after having been actively involved in its creation, I decided to run for a seat on the Board of Directors of IAP2 USA. Here are the goals I had in mind then: And here are a few of the things I’d like the new Board to focus on during the first year: Establish IAP2 [...]

14 12, 2011

Roundtable Promises Meaningful (Online) Conversations

By | December 14th, 2011|Radar|1 Comment

Reading Clay Johnson's response to the White House's request for input, I came across Roundtable, a new take on building an online environment for "meaningful conversations" currently under development. From their blog: At Roundtable we're all about empowering meaningful conversations – between thought leaders, between friends, and between curated communities of strangers. There is little [...]

14 12, 2011

Discuss White House Request for Input: Friday, December 16

By | December 14th, 2011|E-participation, Metrics, Open Government|6 Comments

As you know, the White House is asking for input on public participation best practices and metrics, including for e-participation. I'm informally pulling together a few fellow IAP2 USA members to discuss how we might want to answer the technology part. We might take this opportunity to kick off our community of practice around online [...]

8 12, 2011

Five Design Categories for Online Deliberation

By | December 8th, 2011|Deliberation, E-participation, Research|2 Comments

Earlier this summer, I happened to come across an excellent new article on online deliberation design. Now that it's out of draft mode, I can finally share it here. Online Deliberation Design: Choices, Criteria, and Evidence (PDF, final working version) by Todd Davies and Reid Chandler is currently in press and will appear as chapter 6 in [...]

6 12, 2011

White House Seeking Guidance on E-Participation

By | December 6th, 2011|E-participation, Open Government|8 Comments

Back in September, when the United States released its U.S. Open Government National Action Plan (PDF), I listed the initiatives it contains in the area of public participation: Open Government Partnership: Public Participation in the US National Plan One item I found particularly appealing. Under "New initiatives", the plan states that the U.S. will: Develop Best Practices and Metrics [...]