GSA Publishes Citizen Engagement Newsletter

This newsletter should stimulate a lot of discuss on a host of issues in Open Gov, ranging from data sharing, to participation activities, to engagement potential, to standards creation (right there with ya!).

Article List:
Increasing Citizen Engagement in Government
By the People, For the People
Citizen Engagement
National Dialogues Build Communities
Believable Change: A Reality Check on Online Participation?
Reinventing “We the People”
Data is Not Democracy
Could Citizens Run the White House Online?
E-Petitions Preserves an Old British Tradition
My better Estonia
Participatory Lawmaking in Brazil
Brazil and Argentina: From Participatory Budgeting to e-Participatory Budgeting
Pew: Well-off and Well-educated Are More Likely to Engage
Public Engagement on Fairfax County’s Budget
Citizen Engagement in Oakland County
Washington Goes to Mr. Smith: The Changing Role of Citizens in Policy Development
Ohio Redistricting Competition
Planning for Citizen Engagement
Potholes and PDAs
New Media Makers Pioneer Novel Forms of News
Putting Your Audience to Work: EPA’s Radon Video Contest
A Millennial Model of Civic Engagement
Emerging Themes for Effective Online Citizen Engagement
The Importance of Open Web Standards in the Move to Open and Transparent Government

The many contributors include:
Katie Stanton, Director of Citizen Participation, The White House
Andrew Stott, Director of Digital Engagement, United Kingdom
Lena Trudeau and Frank Reeder, National Academy of Public Administration
P.K. Agarwal, Chief Technology Officer, State of California
Carolyn Lukensmeyer, President and Founder, AmericaSpeaks
Jan Schaffer, Executive Director, J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism
Dave Molchany, Deputy County Executive, Fairfax County, Virginia
Pew Internet and American Life Project
Ohio Secretary of State’s Office

It’s a long one (44 pages!), but check it out. I’m sure many thoughts will come from this after I have the time to read it through and I’ll make sure to post them here.

Happy Reading!


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Jenn Gustetic

Just read about 1/3 of the report and am going to try to finish it up today. I’m tweeting those parts of find interesting. Here’s a list of my tweets on the first 1/3. Hope you find these useful; it’s my “tweet book report”


#ARRA set aside $7.2B to promote broadband adoption in low-income US communities http://tinyurl.com/ybzuwaq #gov20
4 minutes ago from web

June 2009 Pew study shows 63% of americans have access to high-speed internet, up from 55% in 2008. http://tinyurl.com/ybzuwaq #gov20
5 minutes ago from web

Deplorable: US ranks #15 worldwide in the adoption of broadband internet technologies #gov20
6 minutes ago from web

Obamas #gov20 tools: electronic petitions are a powerful emerging tool for the voices for the people to be heard (3 of 3) Thks P.K. Agarwal
8 minutes ago from web

Obamas #gov20 tools: the virtual front porch allows for local empowerment and leads to face-2-face dialogue w/ small groups (2 of 3)
9 minutes ago from web

Obamas #gov20 tools: the vitual town square approach is well-suited for gathering ideas and building consensus around popular ideas (1 of 3)
10 minutes ago from web

How’s the internet a mass media that will transform society more than TV and radio? It’s direct ppl-2-ppl comm without the need for a center
11 minutes ago from web

Note: all my tweets this morning can be found in the GSA engaging citizens report http://tinyurl.com/ybzuwaq #gov20
14 minutes ago from web

Stat from WH’s Open for Qs effort: highest ranking Q related to the legalization of marijuana proving campaigns works regarldess of medium
15 minutes ago from web

“You have to remember one thing about the will of people: It wasn’t that long ago that we were swept away by the Macarena.” –John Stewart
22 minutes ago from web

Moglen on the digitial divide and training: “It’s okay to require a generation to learn how to drive”. http://tinyurl.com/ybzuwaq #gov20
23 minutes ago from web

Stop looking at tech as a faciliator for giant things…and instead for hundreds of millions of little things http://tinyurl.com/ybzuwaq
26 minutes ago from web

WH goal: The goal is not to have milions of ppl…it’s to have many opps for ppl to partipate around the interests that engage them #gov20
29 minutes ago from web

“Don’t assume that the people who participate in #gov20 can speak on behalf of those who did not”. http://tinyurl.com/ybzuwaq
about 1 hour ago from web

Lena Trudeau lays out 3 steps for engaging citizens through #gov20. Identify 1) problem 2) community 3) tools. http://tinyurl.com/ybzuwaq
about 1 hour ago from web