Online Facilitation Unconference 2013 (as announced here) happened last week. We had more than 300 people registered from 30 countries around the world and saw incredible turn-out. All in all, the agenda featured more than 20 sessions on a broad range of topics. The OFU13 team will meet again on Monday for a review call [...]
Join me for this session at 10am this morning (1pm Pacific): Group patterns: how do they apply to online/virtual environments? We'll briefly introduce the Group Pattern Language Project and discuss if and to what extent these might apply in online or virtual environments. We'll be using conference calling and hackpad to collaborate on this one.
Here's another session I'll be hosting today at 2pm Pacific (5pm Eastern) that some folks might be interested in: Virtual Ice Breakers We'll be using conference calling and the hackpad to share some ideas, examples and resources. This session is part of the Online Facilitation Unconference 2013.
What a week! The response to the idea of an online unconference on facilitating in virtual environments has been overwhelming. Check out these amazing numbers: 125+ people signed up (see the attendee list at the bottom) 20 countries $500+ raised in donations Here's a map to show where our registrants are based. Quite the international crowd! [...]
As mentioned a few weeks ago, International Facilitation Week is around the corner, and I'd really like to see something happen around the topic of online facilitation. Here's the comment I left on the IAF LinkedIn group: I've been exploring the idea of hosting a virtual unconference on online facilitation as part of facilitation week. Looks [...]
We have recently been working on a project that aims to translate an in-person citizen deliberation process (National Issues Forum approach) into an online experience using Zilino. As part of our current design and development phase, I was wondering if the Group Works card deck might serve as a guide to better identify use cases [...]
Once again, it's time to get your submissions ready for the International Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government 2014 (CeDEM14). The call for papers (PDF) list the conference tracks: E-Democracy and E-Participation E-Voting Bottom-Up Movements Social and Mobile Media for Public Administration Open Collaborative Government Democracy, Globalization and Migration Connected Smart City Open Data, Transparency [...]
Over on her Citizenize-Citizenise blog, Janice Thomson shared a great post late last week about her experience applying various forms of engagement, online and in person, at a recent training event: Engaging on the Edges: Creative Street and Online Engagement This week I experimented with various approaches to creative street and online engagement by using [...]
The other week, I got to do an interview with Queena Kim of Marketplace. Her short piece on the City of San Francisco's recent push to take participatory budgeting online aired on Marketplace Morning Report earlier today. Here's my quote (transcript mine): "One of the smarter uses of technology that I've seen with participatory budgeting [...]
Somehow, this old 2009 (!) post by Doug Schuler about the National Initiative for Social Participation popped up in my feed reader tonight. On the iParticipate wiki, I found a list of potential projects, including one regarding a National Deliberative Process. Quote: Compelling National Need: Political discussions at all levels are often characterized by a [...]