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9 01, 2010

Civic Participation Terminology From the National Democratic Institute

By |2018-11-21T15:42:07+00:00January 9th, 2010|Dictionary|0 Comments

I came across this document from the National Democratic Institute (NDI): Civic Participation Terminology: A Guide to Frequently Used Terms and Phrases This Glossary is part of NDI’s growing library of publications that form the basis for the Institute’s efforts to create a new and precise lexicon to convey the concepts central to democracy and [...]

30 10, 2009

Talking About Participation

By |2018-11-21T15:42:08+00:00October 30th, 2009|Dictionary, Public Participation|5 Comments

The other day, I mentioned on Twitter how I sometimes wish there were a glossary of the key terms and definitions that guide our conversations around participation. With the Open Government Directive expected to be released within a few weeks, one challenge remains that people don't necessarily mean the same thing when they discuss participation and [...]

17 09, 2009

What Is Community?

By |2018-11-21T15:42:08+00:00September 17th, 2009|Community, Dictionary|0 Comments

If there was an award for most-overused term, I'm sure community would be a contender. For future reference, here is one of the best definitions I've come across so far. It's somewhat hidden in a blog post by Canada-based Myriam Laberge from a while back: Collaboration As A Living Emergent Co-Creative Process A ‘community’ is created over [...]

19 03, 2009

Mind Your Jargon

By |2018-11-21T15:42:09+00:00March 19th, 2009|Dictionary|0 Comments

Interesting article on BBC News regarding a list of 200 jargon terms recently "banned" by the UK-based Local Government Association (LGB): Council leaders have compiled a banned list of the 200 worst uses of jargon, with "predictors of beaconicity" and "taxonomy" among the worst horrors. The Local Government Association says such words and phrases must be [...]

6 03, 2009

What Is E-Consultation?

By |2009-03-06T23:03:12+00:00March 6th, 2009|Dictionary|2 Comments

The latest edition of the European Journal of ePractice is dedicated entirely to the topic of e-participation. One article contained a useful description of the term e-consultation (actual quote taken from the PDF download, 135 KB): E-consultations: New tools for civic engagement or facades for political correctness? 2) Defining e-consultations E-consultations constitute interactive “tell-us-what-you-think” on-line platforms where ordinary citizens, civic [...]

4 03, 2009

What Is Deliberation?

By |2018-11-21T15:42:09+00:00March 4th, 2009|Deliberation, Dictionary|1 Comment

In their FAQ, The Deliberative Democracy Consortium defines deliberation and deliberative democracy as follows: What is "deliberation"? Deliberation is an approach to decision-making in which citizens consider relevant facts from multiple points of view, converse with one another to think critically about options before them and enlarge their perspectives, opinions, and understandings. What is "deliberative democracy"? [...]

26 05, 2008

What is E-Participation?

By |2018-11-21T15:42:12+00:00May 26th, 2008|Dictionary|2 Comments

I came across a fairly succinct definition of the term e-participation today that I find useful with regard to the things we are working on: In the context of current project, e-Participation means the use of ICT for enabling and strengthening citizen participation in democratic decision-making processes. Depending on the aspect of democracy being promoted [...]

24 03, 2008

What Is Public Participation?

By |2018-11-21T15:42:12+00:00March 24th, 2008|About, Dictionary, Public Participation, Research|18 Comments

Following a recent IAP2 Northern California chapter meeting, I came across this definition of public participation: What is Public Participation? Public participation is the process by which an organization consults with interested or affected individuals, organizations, and government entities before making a decision. Public participation is two-way communication and collaborative problem solving with the goal [...]

18 11, 2007

Quick Comparison: Debate and Deliberation

By |2018-11-21T15:42:12+00:00November 18th, 2007|Deliberation, Dictionary|2 Comments

Sandra S. Hodge, Ph.D. and Program Director Discovering Common Ground: Missouri Communities Deliberate at University of Missouri has a nice comparison chart that looks at the differences between debate and deliberation: Deliberation and Your Community: How to Convene and Moderate Local Public Forums Using Deliberative Decision-Making (training manual) (PDF, 1.1MB). The training manual is part [...]

13 07, 2007

Dialogue and Deliberation

By |2018-11-21T15:42:12+00:00July 13th, 2007|About, Deliberation, Dialogue, Dictionary|4 Comments

The National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) provides a good definition of dialogue and deliberation, and describes how the two relate to each other: So what are dialogue and deliberation anyway? Dialogue is a process that allows people, usually in small groups, to share their perspectives and experiences with one another about difficult issues [...]