Citizen Engagement

Transparency Report Card - Did your state make the grade?

For the past four year the US Public Interest Group has graded each of the 50 states on their level of transparency. While 7 states made the honor roll, six states received failing grades. How did your state do? Phineas Baxandall is a senior analyst for tax and budget at the US Public Interest Group.... Read more »

How to Engage with Gov - 101 - with Gavin Newsom

"Government is the air we breathe the water we drink. So it is incumbent among all of us who celebrate it and those who hate it to try to make it better and more relevant. Don't give up on government. Don't sit back and passively complain. Let's have a two-way conversation," said Gavin Newsom. Newsom... Read more »

Measuring Your Social Media Efforts In Government – How To Assess What Works And What Doesn’t Work

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Foursquare. These are all tools necessary in this day and age to reach your audience, but just having them and putting messages out is no longer enough. As new social media tools become the “hot item” while the ones you’re just getting used to are phased out; the balancing act of... Read more »

Want to work for the State Department - There's an App for that!

Do you want to work in the foreign service? The State Department has launched a mobile application to help. The app gives prospective Foreign Service officers a taste of what could be in store for them. Terry Davidson is the Recruitment and Outreach Division Chief at the State Department. He told Chris Dorobek on the... Read more »

Arlington Cemetery Goes MOBILE - Take a Look at the New ANC Explorer App

If you've ever had the privilege to visit Arlington National Cemetery you know the grounds are vast. In fact there are more than 290,000 soldiers buried throughout the 624 acres of hallowed ground. The terrain can make it difficult for families to locate the headstone of their loved ones. So Arlington National Cemetery has gone... Read more »

Gender-based Tablets? Meet "ePad Femme"

It was bound to happen sooner or later. That is, private sector companies marketing the latest tablets to consumers based on their sex -- it could be a money maker, never know? World's First Tablet for Women According to Mashable: "Don't worry, ladies. There's finally an easy-to-use tablet just for us. It's called the ePad... Read more »

How Can We Improve Citizen Engagement Initiatives? Here’s 5 Ways.

Citizen participation is at the foundation of democratic values, and is a fascinating area of study. When citizen participation programs are implemented effectively, more citizens are brought into the decision making process, and allows government to be more responsive to community needs. Additionally, citizen engagement initiatives have the ability to build community, grow leaders, and... Read more »