Monthly Archives: January 2012

10 01, 2012

Consulting With Canadians

By | January 10th, 2012|Open Government, Radar|0 Comments

I'm probably the last person to see this, but the Canadian Government provides a comprehensive directory of consultations from various departments and agencies. From the English language version homepage: Welcome to the Consulting With Canadians site! The Government of Canada is committed to finding new and innovative ways to consult with, and engage Canadians. Consulting [...]

9 01, 2012

NCDD/DDC White House Open Government Response

By | January 9th, 2012|Open Government|0 Comments

The National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation (NCDD) and the Deliberative Democracy Consortium (DDC) have put out a joint response to the recent White House call for input. It's very solid, so please make sure to read it in full: Strengthening the Public Participation Elements of the Open Government Plan (PDF). Especially noteworthy is a list of [...]

9 01, 2012

UK Good Practice Guide on Public Engagement in Planning

By | January 9th, 2012|Europe, Planning, Public Participation, Resources|0 Comments

In light of the recent call for input regarding public participation best practices, it's always interesting to compare how that question is being answered abroad. Here's a 2010 document by Planning Aid England, which is part of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), the UK's "leading planning body for spatial, sustainable, integrative and inclusive planning": Good [...]

9 01, 2012 The Greek Open Government Initiative

By | January 9th, 2012|Deliberation, E-participation, Europe, Open Government, Radar|1 Comment

Via Alex Moll on Twitter, I just came across, the website for the Greek Open Government Initiative. From the English language version: has been designed to serve the principles of transparency, deliberation, collaboration and accountability and includes three initiatives: Οpen calls for the recruitment of public administration officials. Top level and mid-level openings [...]

6 01, 2012

Group Works: A Pattern Language for Bringing Life to Meetings and Other Gatherings

By | January 6th, 2012|Collaboration, Dialogue, Facilitation, Research, Resources|2 Comments

For the past three years (ever since attending "The Underlying Dynamics of Conversations that Matter", a most excellent pre-conference workshop with Tom Atlee and Peggy Holman at NCDD 2008 in Austin, TX), I've been following the Group Pattern Language Project, a very exciting endeavor led by Tree Bressen, Sue Woehrlin and Dave Pollard and involving dozens of contributors from a [...]

6 01, 2012

OpenGov Metrics Google Group

By | January 6th, 2012|Open Government, Radar|1 Comment

Last April, Stephen Buckley started OpenGov Metrics, a Google group about "the adoption and use of standard metrics for measuring progress in 'Open Government' efforts, i.e, to make government more 'transparent, participatory, and collaborative'." In light of the recent White House request for input regarding best practices and metrics, the group is currently being relaunched. If [...]

5 01, 2012

Circle Intellitics on Google+

By | January 5th, 2012|About|0 Comments

A couple of months ago, we set up our Intellitics company page on Google+, a new social networking thingy from Google. It's still early days for this service, but more people and organizations are joining every day so things are bound to get more interesting over time. If you're already using Google+, feel free to circle [...]

4 01, 2012

Response to White House Request for Input: What Are the Most Effective Web Tools for Public Participation?

By | January 4th, 2012|E-participation, Open Government, Public Participation|5 Comments

In December, the White House issued a request for input regarding the U.S. Open Government National Action Plan. Their list of seven questions included one on e-participation. To jog your memory, here it is once again: What are the most effective forms of technology and web tools to encourage public participation, engage with the private sector/non-profit and [...]

3 01, 2012

Another Budget Puzzle from New York Times

By | January 3rd, 2012|Radar|1 Comment

Following their very successful 2010 budget puzzle (see our coverage here, here and here), the New York Times today has released another exercise, this time asking participants to identify their preferred approach to cuts to the U.S. defense budget. From their site: The Future Military: Your Budget Strategy The Pentagon has committed to $450 billion [...]

2 01, 2012

White House Request for Input: Understanding Terminology and Scope

By | January 2nd, 2012|Open Government, Public Participation|0 Comments

In a blog post the other week, Code for America helped promote the White House's most recent request for input, asking: How do you measure participation? The post approaches this question with an understanding of "participation in its broadest sense". Not to be too nit-picky, but that's probably not the focused area of exploration I believe the [...]