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6 07, 2012

Tips for More Effective Crowdsourcing and Mapping from Dead Ushahidi

By |2018-11-21T15:42:25+00:00July 6th, 2012|Crowdsourcing, Maps and Mapping|0 Comments

Tiago Peixoto via Facebook points to Dead Ushahidi, a tongue-in-cheek -- or so I presume -- effort "to map dead maps (duh.)." From the about page: Using crowdsourcing tech like Ushahidi maps without doing the strategic and programmatic ground work is likely not going to work or change much of anything. Trying to crowdscource a map without a [...]

23 01, 2012

Ideas Worth Watching: Deliberapedia

By |2018-11-21T15:41:53+00:00January 23rd, 2012|Crowdsourcing, Deliberation, Radar|2 Comments

In the second chapter from his upcoming book, Tom Atlee picks up the topic of learning in deliberation, something he has written about previously. It's a thorny issue and generally applies to public participation as well. One problem, as I see it, is that quality deliberation requires informed participants, but properly framing the issue and creating the [...]

21 12, 2011

Expertnet Prototyping Using Quora: Participation Metrics at Week Two

By |2018-11-21T15:41:54+00:00December 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: [...]

27 10, 2011

Economist Article on Wiki Legislation

By |2018-11-21T15:41:55+00:00October 27th, 2011|About, Crowdsourcing, E-participation, Press|2 Comments

I'm quoted in the Economist today: Government by (all) the people [...] Successful examples of legislation by the masses are rare. Most people don’t know how to write laws. Tim Bonnemann, the founder of Intellitics, an American firm specialising in public-participation tools, says a better method is to canvas views widely but use a small [...]

14 02, 2011

Give A Minute Chicago Follow-Up

By |2018-11-21T15:41:59+00:00February 14th, 2011|Crowdsourcing, Radar|2 Comments

When Give a Minute launched in Chicago back in November, I asked what impact participants would have. This recent article in Fast Company's Co.Design seems to confirm my doubts: Looking for Bold Ideas to Fix the City, New York Turns to Crowd Sourcing In Chicago, the project, which ran from the end of November through [...]

23 12, 2010

Peter Levine on Crowdsourcing

By |2018-11-21T15:42:00+00:00December 23rd, 2010|Crowdsourcing|1 Comment

Peter Levine wonders whether we could "crowdsource civic renewal" and in his post shares a couple of key observations that relate to the crowdsourcing of policy, its challenges and the need for deliberation instead (emphasis mine): At first national meeting of the Coffee Party, in Louisville, KY, the legal scholar and activist Lawrence Lessig electrified the [...]

26 11, 2010

Give A Minute Chicago: Reinventing Public Participation?

By |2018-11-21T15:42:01+00:00November 26th, 2010|Crowdsourcing, Radar|6 Comments

Give a Minute Chicago is a new web and mobile application that asks citizens in the greater Chicago area to submit ideas about what would encourage them to walk, bike or take public transportation more often. Here's how CEOs for Cities, initiators behind this project, announced it on their website earlier this month: Give a Minute for [...]

22 11, 2010

UK Citizen Participation Platform Shelved

By |2018-11-21T15:42:01+00:00November 22nd, 2010|Crowdsourcing|4 Comments

Looks like the Citizen Participation Platform, an idea introduced by the UK Conservative party during the campaign there earlier this year, won't happen anytime soon. According to this report in The Guardian: [...] But another ambitious idea about how best to harness the power of the internet has also been dropped. The Tories announced a competition last [...]

12 10, 2010

Future Democracy ’10: Crowdsourcing in Policy Making

By |2010-10-12T08:24:36+00:00October 12th, 2010|Crowdsourcing, Events|1 Comment

This year's Future Democracy '10 will address the issue of crowdsourcing in policy making, among other things. From the latest bulletin: The question of whether ‘crowdsourcing’ techniques – inviting open online comment from the public – are a meaningful way to develop government policy is one of the main topics of debate at this year’s [...]

5 09, 2010

How About We Don’t Call Everything Crowdsourcing?

By |2018-11-21T15:42:02+00:00September 5th, 2010|Crowdsourcing|0 Comments

From an otherwise interesting post on Govfresh last week about the use of contests in citizen engagement: Collaborative innovation in open government: Is there an app for that? Could contests help us realize the vision of participatory democracy outlined by Thomas Jefferson, where citizens collaborate with government to solve the nation’s most difficult problems? The White [...]