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Are you charged with leading virtual teams to get stuff done? Join the Online Facilitation Unconference!

I'm part of a small group organizing an online unconference on the topic of facilitating in virtual environments, using technology such as phone conferences, webinars, online forums, Google hangouts, social media... you name it!

Our registration page has all the details: http://ofu13.eventbrite.com

When it comes to helping groups and communities achieve their desired outcomes, technology is playing an…

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Added by Tim Bonnemann on October 18, 2013 at 3:51pm — 1 Comment

Online participatory budgeting in SF: new frontier or shiny object syndrome?

TL;DR:

It's fantastic to see a city government get so enthusiastic about tech-enabling public participation. However, I’m a bit concerned that they may be jumping ahead too quickly, focusing on shiny technology when the basics still aren't quite in place yet.


Read my full post here: E-Participatory Budgeting in San Francisco

Added by Tim Bonnemann on September 16, 2013 at 12:26pm — No Comments

Open for Business

This post was originally published on the Intellitics blog.

Come in We're Open!

Just a quick note this morning to let everyone know that Intellitics is now officially open for business.

We're starting out focusing on two major areas:

  • We're building …
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Added by Tim Bonnemann on February 1, 2013 at 1:37pm — No Comments

ParticipateDB: Now Under Creative Commons License

ParticipateDB (http://participateDB.com) is a collaborative catalogue for online participation tools and one of the world's most comprehensive resources of its kind.

We finally got around to putting it under a Creative Commons license. Read yesterday's announcement here:

Creative Commons…

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Added by Tim Bonnemann on November 30, 2012 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Zilino Road Show Kicks Off in L.A. December 7

Zilino Road Show

We're hosting a meetup next Friday in downtown Los Angeles for friends and colleagues in the area to show where we are with Zilino, our online participation app. We'll give a short demo, discuss the roadmap and hope to explore opportunities for collaboration:

Zilino Road Show Los Angeles,…

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Added by Tim Bonnemann on November 30, 2012 at 3:29am — No Comments

IMPACT Webinars: Tools for Argument Visualization and Structured Consultation

Over on the PEP-NET blog, they just announced a series of webinars for the week after next:

Get involved in the latest developments of eParticipation tools!

Policy analysts, decision makers as well as civil society stakeholders and other people interested in policy-making all have to cope with numerous arguments brought forward in…

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Added by Tim Bonnemann on August 10, 2012 at 1:34pm — No Comments

The Web Is What We Make It

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…

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Added by Tim Bonnemann on August 8, 2012 at 2:34pm — No Comments

Austrian Government Standards of Public Participation

As I’m starting to prepare for my session on public participation ROI at the IAP2 North America 2012 Conference, I came across Standards of Public Participation, a guidebook developed by the Austrian government and officially adopted in 2008 in an effort to “help administrative staff of the federal government in…

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Added by Tim Bonnemann on August 3, 2012 at 11:02am — No Comments

UK Government Code of Practice On Consultation

Via this post by Anthony Zacharzewski over at The Democratic Society blog , I found the UK Government Code of Practice on Consultation (PDF), which I admit I wasn’t aware of.

The documents lists the following seven consultation criteria (page 4):

  • Criterion 1 When to consult…

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Added by Tim Bonnemann on May 25, 2012 at 6:15am — No Comments

Apple Asking Local Residents For Input On “Campus 2″ Development Project

Cupertino, CA-based Apple is asking the public for feedback on its planned Campus 2 development project. 9to5 Mac has the story: Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer sends brochure to Cupertino neighbors inviting feedback on new ‘Campus 2′

Apple is currently…

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Added by Tim Bonnemann on May 22, 2012 at 4:43am — No Comments

Top Posts April 2012

Below are our three most popular posts in April:

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Added by Tim Bonnemann on May 2, 2012 at 1:26pm — No Comments

HelpMeConsult: Independent Guide to Formal E-Consultation

Also announced today was HelpMeConsult, another online resource for online consultations.

From the blog post:

The second lanch is a solo project. It’s called ‘HelpMeConsult‘ and is an independent guide to (formal) eConsultation. It contains details of the various solutions, legal matters and tips/tactics. So, just another data push? Wrong! We’re adding a premium content…

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Added by Tim Bonnemann on April 17, 2012 at 3:51pm — No Comments

Two Things to Know About… Public Participation

Simon Burall had a nice post last week, in which he asks what are “the two things you need to know about public engagement”. He quotes from a earlier article in The Guardian that gives a few examples (e.g. the two things to know about economics: 1. Incentives matter, 2. There’s no such…

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Added by Tim Bonnemann on March 13, 2012 at 5:37pm — No Comments

Talk at City Forum in Austin This Thursday: Trends in E-participation

I’ll be talking about “e-democracy: New Trends in On-line Public Deliberation” at City Forum in Austin this week:

City Forum is a planning and urban issues speaker series hosted by the Community and Regional Planning Student Organization (CRPSO) and the Community and Regional Planning Program (CRP) at the University of Texas at Austin. The bi-weekly speakers series is intended to broaden the curriculum in the CRP…

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Added by Tim Bonnemann on March 5, 2012 at 7:58pm — No Comments

Upcoming Events March 2012

The nice thing about finally having a comprehensive event calendar in place is that now you can know in advance which conferences to follow each month. Here’s what’s coming up in March:

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Added by Tim Bonnemann on February 29, 2012 at 3:22pm — No Comments

Free Speech Debate

For those interested in multi-lingual online dialogue, check out Free Speech Debate, a new project led by Timothy Garton Ash, Professor of European Studies at Oxford University.

Homepage

The one-pager explains the project in-depth. In short, the site…

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Added by Tim Bonnemann on February 21, 2012 at 1:09pm — No Comments

IAP2 North America Conference 2012 Call for Proposals

This just in via the IAP2 Canada newsletter:

IAP2 North America Conference 2012 – Call for Proposals

Welcome to the 2012 North American IAP2 Conference! We are extremely excited to be working with our partner organization IAP2 USA to bring you this event and hope you can join us September 30 – October 2, 2012 in beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

You’re Invited

This call for proposals is for…

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Added by Tim Bonnemann on February 8, 2012 at 2:33pm — No Comments

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

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…

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Added by Tim Bonnemann on February 7, 2012 at 8:02pm — No Comments

Open Cologne

Possibly not of global relevance (yet), but since it is my home town I thought I’d give it a quick shout-out:

Earlier today, Offenes Köln (Open Cologne) was officially announced. It’s a grassroots project by Marian Steinbach in Cologne, Germany that aims to make information, documents and data related to local government available (and accessible) to the general public by way of aggregating, enhancing and…

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Added by Tim Bonnemann on January 31, 2012 at 7:52pm — No Comments

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