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29 09, 2014

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

By |2018-11-21T15:42:16+00:00September 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 [...]

26 02, 2014

Project NetDiscourse Explores Political Deliberation on Twitter

By |2018-11-21T15:42:17+00:00February 26th, 2014|Deliberation, Europe, Research, Social Media|0 Comments

Interesting research project out of the University of Bonn, Germany: Political Deliberation on the Internet: Forms and Functions of Digital Discourse Based on the Microblogging System Twitter From the project outline: Partly driven by social media applications such as the microblogging platform Twitter, the far reaching process of mediatisation of society has ushered in new [...]

21 01, 2014

Policy Compass: New Research Prototype for Policy Evaluation and Analysis

By |2018-11-21T15:42:17+00:00January 21st, 2014|Argument Mapping, Deliberation, Europe, Radar|0 Comments

While we're on the topic of interesting e-participation initiatives being funded out of Europe, here's another such example: Policy Compass! From the project website: The main goal of Policy Compass is to develop a research prototype of an easy-to-use, highly visual and intuitive tool for social networks and eParticipation platforms, enabling citizens and public officials [...]

11 10, 2013

Card Mapping the NIF Approach to Citizen Deliberation

By |2018-11-21T15:42:20+00:00October 11th, 2013|Deliberation, Research|4 Comments

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 [...]

3 10, 2013

iParticipate: 11 Research Challenges for a National Deliberative Process

By |2018-11-21T15:42:20+00:00October 3rd, 2013|Deliberation, Research|0 Comments

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 [...]

3 09, 2012

NCDD 2012: Workshop “Demystifying Online/Offline Engagement”

By |2012-09-03T15:55:19+00:00September 3rd, 2012|Deliberation, Dialogue, Events|0 Comments

I look very much forward to co-hosting this session at the upcoming 2012 National Conference on Dialogue and Deliberation (NCDD2012): Demystifying Online/Offline Engagement This session is intended to explore the relationships, tensions and opportunities in the interplay between online and offline strategies for dialogue and civic engagement. Using exercises, case studies and best practices, this [...]

8 08, 2012

The Web Is What We Make It

By |2018-11-21T15:42:25+00:00August 8th, 2012|Deliberation, Research|0 Comments

The latest issue of Journal of Information Technology & Politics (Volume 9, Issue 3, 2012, pages 279-297) features an interesting article by Travis Kriplean and others: Facilitating Diverse Political Engagement with the Living Voters Guide (requires registration/payment). Abstract: Unlike 20th-century mass media, the Internet requires self-selection of content by its very nature. This has raised the [...]

7 02, 2012

New Research Paper Presents 30 General Design Considerations for Online Deliberation Systems

By |2018-11-21T15:41:52+00:00February 7th, 2012|Deliberation, E-participation, Research|3 Comments

Thanks to a tweet by Evgeny Morozov I came across this new research paper by W. Ben Towne and James D. Herbsleb, published in the current edition of Journal of Information Technology & Politics (Volume 9, Issue 1, 2012, pages 97-115): Design Considerations for Online Deliberation Systems (subscription required) ABSTRACT. Online deliberation enables structured, topical discussion about particular questions [...]

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 [...]

14 01, 2012

NCDD Confab Call with Tom Atlee: January 17

By |2018-11-21T15:41:53+00:00January 14th, 2012|Deliberation, E-participation, Events|0 Comments

Tom Atlee will be presenting at this week's NCDD Confab Call. From his blog: I'll be doing an online dialogue in the 2-hour National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation Confab Call on Tuesday, January 17th at 2pm Eastern (11am Pacific). Ben Roberts, a principal in both weDialogue and Occupy Café, will be facilitating the call [...]