This took a little longer than planned to get on the schedule, but the card mapping exercise I suggested last October is finally happening: Card Mapping the NIF Approach to Citizen Deliberation Monday, January 13, 2014 10am Pacific (1pm Eastern) Duration is up to one hour. We'll connect via phone and do screensharing of some [...]
Engage2020 is a new EU-funded project to "map and promote more citizens and societal engagement in future calls for the EU-science programs in Horizon 2020." From the website: Why Engage 2020 During the last decades participatory approaches gained particular relevance in the field of science and technology policy making. Technocracy alone does not meet The [...]
From the announcement: Seeking Nominations for the Penn State Democracy Medal Each year, the Penn State Democracy Institute is giving a medal and $5,000 award for exceptional innovations that advance the design and practice of democracy. The medal celebrates and helps to publicize the best work being done to advance democracy in the United States or [...]
Via the de Borda Institute blog, news that a new peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the research of dialogue has been launched by UK-based Dialogue Society. From their website: Overview The Journal of Dialogue Studies is a multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed academic journal published twice a year. Its aim is to study the theory and practice of dialogue, [...]
Photo by dailyinvention / CC BY 2.0 The latest edition of the Journal for Public Deliberation features an interesting article by Ashley Muddiman and Matthew R. Meier that discusses how using citizen panels might be applied to "refocus news outlets on their fundamentally democratic functions and foster a more engaged and deliberative citizenry": Deliberative Television: [...]
Join me for this session at 10am this morning (1pm Pacific): Group patterns: how do they apply to online/virtual environments? We'll briefly introduce the Group Pattern Language Project and discuss if and to what extent these might apply in online or virtual environments. We'll be using conference calling and hackpad to collaborate on this one.
Here's another session I'll be hosting today at 2pm Pacific (5pm Eastern) that some folks might be interested in: Virtual Ice Breakers We'll be using conference calling and the hackpad to share some ideas, examples and resources. This session is part of the Online Facilitation Unconference 2013.
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 [...]
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 [...]
In preparation for our session at IAP2 2013 today, I looked through the list of 200+ tools currently listed on ParticipateDB. I tried to take a first stab at identifying potential categories. Upon further refinement, this could become a typology of digital engagement tools. Typology of tools, technologies and services (a work in progress) Argument [...]