Monthly Archives: December 2013

27 12, 2013

I’m Running for the Board of IAP2 USA (Again)

By | December 27th, 2013|About|2 Comments

About three years ago, I decided to run for the Board of Directors of IAP2 USA. Here's the near-term agenda I proposed then: And here are a few of the things I’d like the new Board to focus on during the first year: Establish IAP2 USA as an agile, member-driven organization From the get-go, create [...]

20 12, 2013

Happy 10th, mySociety!

By | December 20th, 2013|Europe|0 Comments

UK-based mySociety turns ten: Now we are 10 Their mission is "to help people become more powerful in the civic and democratic parts of their lives, through digital means." Here's a list of their projects and services. Tom Steinberg hosted a well-received session at eDemocracyCamp in Washington, D.C. back in 2008. Here's a coolio list Tom [...]

19 12, 2013

California Assemblyman Invites Public to Draft Legislation

By | December 19th, 2013|Collaborative Governance, Crowdsourcing, Public Participation|3 Comments

California Assemblyman Mike Gatto, a Democrat representing California's 43rd district (Los Angeles area), announced on Monday that he's inviting the public to help "draft a piece of legislation directly via an online Wiki." From the announcement: Assemblyman Mike Gatto Invites Public to Draft the United States' First Ever "Wiki Bill" SACRAMENTO, CA - Today, Assemblyman Mike [...]

17 12, 2013

Knight Foundation: Public Decision Making Technology Gains Emerging Innovation Status

By | December 17th, 2013|Radar|3 Comments

The Knight Foundation released an interesting report the other week that takes a look at the budding civic tech sphere in the United States: What does the civic tech landscape look like? Civic leaders, organizations, funders and citizens increasingly recognize the power of technology to connect people, improve cities and make government more effective. A [...]

16 12, 2013

Engage2020: Improving Collaborative Governance in Science and Research

By | December 16th, 2013|Europe, Research|0 Comments

Engage2020 is a new EU-funded project to "map and promote more citizens and societal engagement in future calls for the EU-science programs in Horizon 2020." From the website: Why Engage 2020 During the last decades participatory approaches gained particular relevance in the field of science and technology policy making. Technocracy alone does not meet The [...]

7 12, 2013

Upcoming IAP2 NorCal Lunch Meetup Featuring Loomio

By | December 7th, 2013|Events|1 Comment

Quick note that I'm coordinating a lunch meetup for IAP2 NorCal (the Northern California chapter of IAP2 USA, where I serve as co-chair). From the IAP2 USA blog: IAP2 NorCal Lunch Meetup with Loomio: December 16 Loomio is an interesting new online decision making tool coming out of New Zealand. The Loomio team is currently [...]

7 12, 2013

An ExpertNet Pilot at the FDA?

By | December 7th, 2013|Crowdsourcing, Open Government|1 Comment

Another interesting tidbit from the U.S. Open Government National Action Plan that was released yesterday: 3. Continue to Pilot Expert Networking Platforms Expert networking platforms offer the potential for Government officials to find and connect with Federal colleagues, academic researchers, or members of the general public that have specialized skills or unique expertise. The pilot [...]

6 12, 2013

Second U.S. Open Government National Action Plan Endorses Participatory Budgeting

By | December 6th, 2013|Open Government, Participatory Budgeting|2 Comments

The White House today announced the release of the second United States Open Government National Action Plan. In the public participation category, the document (PDF) includes several noteworthy elements, e.g. improvements to the We The People online petition infrastructure, further improvement to the rulemaking process, and a promise to continue the work on "best practices [...]

6 12, 2013

2014 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation: October 17-19, 2014 in Reston, VA

By | December 6th, 2013|Events|0 Comments

This morning, NCDD had a little announcement to make: It’s time to save the date for the 2014 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation! We’re excited to announce that our next national conference will take place in the DC area October 17-19, 2014. Intellitics was a sponsor at the 2012 NCDD conference in Seattle, WA. [...]

2 12, 2013

Top Posts November 2013

By | December 2nd, 2013|About|0 Comments

Recent posts (from the period September through November) that were most popular last month: Deliberative Television Internet Usage Germany 1997-2013 By Age Group Build Peace Conference: April 5-6, 2014 at MIT Media Lab And here are November's three most popular legacy posts: What Is Public Participation? 2014 Event and Conference Radar What Is Public Participation? [...]