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12 02, 2015

Upcoming Knight News Challenge to Focus on Elections

By |2018-11-21T15:42:16+00:00February 12th, 2015|Radar|1 Comment

The Knight Foundation just announced details about their next News Challenge, and it's bound to be interesting. From their blog: On Feb. 25 we will open the next Knight News Challenge with this question: How might we better inform voters and increase civic participation before, during and after elections? The challenge is a collaboration between [...]

11 09, 2014

The Civity Initiative: Improving Community Problem Solving

By |2014-09-11T09:16:42+00:00September 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 [...]

2 09, 2014

Latest Knight News Challenge to Focus on Libraries

By |2014-09-02T12:13:14+00:00September 2nd, 2014|Radar|1 Comment

The Knight Foundation is out with another News Challenge, this one focusing on public libraries in the United States. From the website: How might we leverage libraries as a platform to build more knowledgeable communities? This is an open call for ideas. We view libraries as key for improving Americans’ ability to know about and [...]

12 08, 2014

NDI Launches DemTools Democracy Toolkit

By |2018-11-21T15:42:16+00:00August 12th, 2014|E-participation, Radar|0 Comments

The National Democratic Institute (NDI) today launched a new set of web-based applications. From the NDItech DemocracyWorks blog: Meet DemTools: Closing the Geek Gap Human rights and democracy advocates in the developing world have been left stranded in this leap to more effective tools. There’s a new form of digital divide that’s emerged: call it [...]

8 08, 2014

Friday Findings

By |2018-11-21T15:42:16+00:00August 8th, 2014|Radar|0 Comments

A few items that caught our interest this past week: Peter Levine gives an account of the recent youth participatory budgeting project in Boston, MA and how it benefits civic engagement: You can add us to equations but they never make us equal: participatory budgeting in Boston Knight Digital Media Center shares five best practices [...]

6 08, 2014

Crowdsourcing Text Analysis of FCC Open Internet Rulemaking Data

By |2018-11-21T15:42:16+00:00August 6th, 2014|Radar, Research, Rulemaking|1 Comment

Yesterday, the FCC released a large portion of the more than one million public comments it has received regarding its ongoing Open Internet rulemaking effort: FCC Makes Open Internet Comments More Accessible to Public Because of the sheer number of comments and the great public interest in what they say, Chairman Wheeler has asked the [...]

5 08, 2014

Financial Platform Stellar to Apply Participatory Budgeting Concepts

By |2018-11-21T15:42:16+00:00August 5th, 2014|Participatory Budgeting, Radar|0 Comments

The Stellar Development Foundation, a not-for-profit organization launched publicly this past week, is developing a new financial platform based on Stellar, their decentralized protocol for sending and receiving money in any pair of currencies. To learn more about the concept, check out their inaugural blog post. Their website contains this interesting tidbit (emphasis mine): Stellar [...]

29 07, 2014

CivicPatterns: A Common Language for Creating Citizen Engagement Apps

By |2018-11-21T15:42:16+00:00July 29th, 2014|Radar|0 Comments

Via the Knight Foundation blog, I just found out about CivicPatterns, a new pattern language effort that was announced by the International Journalists' Network (IJNet) in late June. From the website: CivicPatterns is a catalogue of design patterns and tools for civic technology projects. Anyone who builds public tools needs to make sure that their [...]

25 07, 2014

Friday Findings

By |2014-07-25T12:03:43+00:00July 25th, 2014|Radar|0 Comments

A few interesting bits that crossed our stream this week: Caroline W. Lee (Associate Professor of Sociology, Lafayette College) has a book coming out early next year: Do-It-Yourself Democracy The Rise of the Public Engagement Industry (Oxford University Press). Via the IAP2 Canada Facebook group, hat tip to Mary Moreland. Participatory budgeting expands big time in New [...]

13 06, 2014

IAP2 USA Survey: Public Participation Core Competencies

By |2014-06-13T09:56:51+00:00June 13th, 2014|Public Participation, Radar|0 Comments

The International Association for Public Participation in the United States (IAP2 USA) has launched an initiative to develop a certification program for public participation professionals. From the website: The IAP2 Certification process is just beginning. IAP2 USA in cooperation with IAP2 Canada and IAP2 Southern Africa are working on behalf of the rest of the [...]