Monthly Archives: September 2014

29 09, 2014

Knight News Challenge: Online Deliberation For Informed Community Problem-Solving

By | September 29th, 2014|Deliberation|1 Comment

Back in 2013, we threw out an idea during the inspiration phase of the Knight News Challenge on Open Government. It wasn't really core to what we're doing here at Intellitics, so we didn't pursue it further. To our knowledge, the "public participation calendar" still hasn't been implemented two years later, so we recently brought [...]

12 09, 2014

Upcoming Research Trip: Participatory Democracy in South Korea

By | September 12th, 2014|Research|0 Comments

I will be traveling to Seoul, South Korea next month and hope to be spending some time learning about the local participatory democracy scene there. A few interesting tidbits that have caught my attention so far: Participatory budgeting appears to have been explored and applied for over ten years now, according to this research paper [...]

11 09, 2014

The Civity Initiative: Improving Community Problem Solving

By | September 11th, 2014|Radar|0 Comments

A new civic effort out of the San Francisco Bay Area was just announced this morning. The Civity Initiative (tag line: "offering the story of civity to counter civic gridlock") was founded by Palma Strand and Malka Kopell and aims to improve community problem solving. From the email: As many of you know, [we] have [...]

7 09, 2014

White House Seeking Input on Open Government Portal Relaunch

By | September 7th, 2014|Open Government, Public Participation|1 Comment

Earlier this week, the White House via the recently launched U.S. Open Government Google group, asked for input regarding an upcoming "refresh" of their Open Government website at Here's the comment I just left: Hi Cori, I'd like to re-introduce the idea of a public participation calendar: The idea is to provide one [...]

6 09, 2014

Getting the IAP2 Spectrum Wrong

By | September 6th, 2014|Public Participation|12 Comments

Update (2014/09/08): A recording of Friday's call is now available online. I had a chance to attend a conference call on "Deepening Digital Engagement" yesterday hosted by Community Matters, a program by the Orton Family Foundation that "equips cities and towns to strengthen their places and inspire change... through transparent, collaborative conversations". There was a lot [...]

5 09, 2014

Bertelsmann Stiftung Releases New Study on Public Participation in Germany

By | September 5th, 2014|Europe, Public Participation, ROI|0 Comments

Gütersloh, Germany-based Bertelsmann Stiftung today released a new study on public participation in Germany, which shows increasing citizen demand for various types of participatory processes and which confirms a number of ways public participation yields positive impact (pages 4-5, in German): Vielfältige Demokratie: Kernergebnisse der Studie „Partizipation im Wandel – Unsere Demokratie zwischen Wählen, Mitmachen [...]

4 09, 2014

Top Posts August 2014

By | September 4th, 2014|About|0 Comments

Happy September, everyone! Here's last month's most popular posts (for the period June through August 2014): Crowdsourcing Text Analysis of FCC Open Internet Rulemaking Data NDI Launches DemTools Democracy Toolkit Financial Platform Stellar to Apply Participatory Budgeting Concepts And our three top performing posts overall: What Is Public Participation? What Is Public Participation? Internet Usage [...]