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Proceedings from 7th International Conference on eParticipation

The 7th International Conference on eParticipation (ePart 2015) is currently under way in Thessaloniki, Greece. Topic areas include: eParticipation and social media, deliberation and consultation, evaluation, and policy formulation and modeling. A number of interesting papers are being presented. Here's one co-authored by Todd Davies (mentioned here): Equality of Participation Online Versus Face to Face: Condensed Analysis of the Community [...]

By |2018-11-21T15:42:13+00:00September 1st, 2015|E-participation, Europe, Events|0 Comments

International IDEA to Host Constitution Building Tech Fair

The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), an intergovernmental organization whose mission is “to support sustainable democratic change by providing comparative knowledge, and assisting in democratic reform, and influencing policies and politics”, will be hosting an event on the use of information and communications technologies (ICT) in the constitution making context. From the announcement (emphasis [...]

By |2015-08-17T09:05:43+00:00August 17th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Engaging the Public on Public Budgets LinkedIn Group

Chris Adams, President at Denver, Colorado-based Engaged Public, just announced the launch of a new LinkedIn group focused on “engaging the public on public budgets”. From his post: Is public engagement on public budgets even a thing? It is if you believe that traditional public hearings (a.k.a. "three minutes at the mic"), posting huge PDFs on websites, [...]

By |2015-08-11T10:13:16+00:00August 11th, 2015|Radar|0 Comments

About That Ladder

"Buckled ladder" by Craig Pennington is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Editor's note: This post, after having been sitting in the draft folder for quite some time, got published prematurely by accident late last week. I've made a few minor edits and added or edited two of the hyperlinks. The post was supposed [...]

By |2018-11-21T15:42:13+00:00June 12th, 2015|Public Participation|1 Comment

Participation Week Launches in Scotland

The Directorate for Local Government and Communities in Scotland kicks off a weeklong event series today that aims to explore what a more people-centric and participatory government might look like. From Eventbrite: Participation Week is a chance for all of us involved in public services to learn together about how we involve people more in the development [...]

By |2015-06-08T08:57:11+00:00June 8th, 2015|Europe, Events, Radar, Uncategorized|1 Comment

White House Seeking Input on Third Open Government National Action Plan

As per an announcement on the White House blog yesterday (emphasis mine): Consistent with the commitment to the Open Government Partnership, later this year the United States plans to publish a third Open Government National Action Plan (NAP) including new and expanded open government initiatives to pursue in the next two years. The first U.S. NAP [...]

Irvin and Stansbury: Advantages and Disadvantages of Public Participation

A few days ago, I came across this 2007 article in the International Journal for Public Participation (IJP2) by Renee A. Irvin and John Stansbury: Citizen Participation in Decision-Making: Is it Worth the Effort? (PDF). In it, the authors list a number of advantages and drawbacks of public participation and weigh the trade-offs between the potential benefits [...]

By |2018-11-21T15:42:13+00:00June 4th, 2015|Public Participation, Research, ROI|4 Comments

San José, CA on Track to Launching Participatory Budgeting Pilot

Newly-elected Mayor Sam Liccardo of San José, CA continues to advocate for the introduction of a participatory budgeting program for the city. A quick look back: Here's a May 23, 2013 article in the Mercury News that outlines then-Councilmember Liccardo's original proposal: The idea is to provide $100,000 for each of the 10 council districts to [...]

By |2018-11-21T15:42:13+00:00June 3rd, 2015|Participatory Budgeting|1 Comment