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September 12, 2013

In that simple reframing from technology to empowerment of people, I believe there’s something everyone one of us — whether designer, programmer, entrepreneur, investor, teacher, student, parent, or child — can learn from Red. Especially in a world where we tend to focus on teaching kids to code, debating the flatness of the latest iOS, or discussing the newest and shiniest device still searching for a meaningful application.

EDITOR: Many of you have already seen this, but it was too beautiful and profound to let go by.   I would recommend following WIRED for more on this discussion, if you do not already do so.  

September 3, 2013

There is no question that social media helps government to govern.  Where there is some cause for concern however, is that when using social media applications government decisions are often influenced by or communicated via external web-based platforms or operated by third parties, such as Facebook or Twitter.

From Delib.net.  By Saskia Tigchelaar

NOTE: the recommendations in this post were specificially directed to UK and Commonwealth goverments.  Requirements in your country or local government may vary.  Always seek appropriate legal advice.  This article isn't legal advice.  

July 29, 2013

In the Spanish town of Jun, near Granada, Mayor José Antonio Rodríguez (@JoseantonioJun) makes local government more accessible and more accountable to its citizens through the use of Twitter.  All public offices and employees are required to have an official Twitter account, which is prominently displayed on everything from police cars and uniforms to garbage trucks

ED: What do you think about this?  The idea of a public official relying on one outlet might raise some questions of equitable access, and how do you structure Twitter use in a context like this to enable constructive dialogue, not just complaint-reporting?  Share your thoughts below!
From blog.twitter.com.  By Marisa Williams
July 29, 2013

In the Spanish town of Jun, near Granada, Mayor José Antonio Rodríguez (@JoseantonioJun) makes local government more accessible and more accountable to its citizens through the use of Twitter.  All public offices and employees are required to have an official Twitter account, which is prominently displayed on everything from police cars and uniforms to garbage trucks

ED: What do you think about this?  The idea of a public official relying on one outlet might raise some questions of equitable access, and how do you structure Twitter use in a context like this to enable constructive dialogue, not just complaint-reporting?  Share your thoughts below!
From blog.twitter.com.  By Marisa Williams
July 23, 2013

These efforts have helped to create a vast new virtual town square. Unfortunately, that square is still a noisy, unruly place. Like much of the Web, .gov is plagued by signal-to-noise issues, many of which are exacerbated by the unique rules and traditions of each branch.

from e-pluribusunum.com.  By Alexander Howard
July 16, 2013

Looking specifically at social media use during the protests, information seems to have been provided by on-the-ground users and driven local conversations. A blog post by New York University researchers released on 1 June suggested that 90 per cent of geo-located tweets came from within Turkey, and 88 per cent were in Turkish. This is in stark contrast to a Starbird study on the use of Twitter in the Egyptian protests, which suggested that only 30 per cent of the most frequently re-tweeted tweets were coming from within Egypt in 2011.

from blog.p2pfoundation.net.  By Karin Alexander via Michel Bauwens

An overview excerpted from Karin Alexander:

July 16, 2013

Looking specifically at social media use during the protests, information seems to have been provided by on-the-ground users and driven local conversations. A blog post by New York University researchers released on 1 June suggested that 90 per cent of geo-located tweets came from within Turkey, and 88 per cent were in Turkish. This is in stark contrast to a Starbird study on the use of Twitter in the Egyptian protests, which suggested that only 30 per cent of the most frequently re-tweeted tweets were coming from within Egypt in 2011.

from blog.p2pfoundation.net.  By Karin Alexander via Michel Bauwens

An overview excerpted from Karin Alexander:

July 15, 2013

For the last six years Living Cities has been working to help find a critical mass of leaders from the public, private, philanthropic, and nonprofit sectors who together want to build these new models of collaborative change.  The problems are too big and complex for any one sector to actually be able to solve on their own.

June 27, 2013

When I was exploring the internal forum before starting the course, I had the impression that proposed methods to be used in the course were not run-of-the-mill, even for an innovative platform like Coursera. The Technicity course featured extra-large doses of available information (around 800 minutes of video material) and a wide spectrum of possibilities for interactions, including a Mindmixer platform, a Linkedin group and live Tweet events. Personally, I must say that I appreciated the course’s high-energy rhythm.

One of the required elements of the course was the development of independent projects and peer evaluation of those projects, which I found particularly interesting. I had the opportunity to evaluate...

May was a very hectic month. I spent around 60 hours completing the Technicity course on Coursera, which was offered by professors from The Ohio State University and Virginia Tech University. This was my first MOOC, and I am much more than satisfied with the experience. 

May 30, 2013

Let's make a deal: you go do great stuff at your local hack, write about it, take pictures.  Then send us your reflections, link us to your blog or YouTube or Instagram feed, or tag us on your tweets, and we'll share as much of your good stuff as we can with readers all over the world. 

May 21, 2013

"The community can naturally self-correct. There were several times during the fire when members of the Twitter community corrected erroneous tweets before we (as the “official” Twitter accounts) could get to them. Everyone had a stake in communicating truthfully, so we were all on the same team."

May 21, 2013

"The community can naturally self-correct. There were several times during the fire when members of the Twitter community corrected erroneous tweets before we (as the “official” Twitter accounts) could get to them. Everyone had a stake in communicating truthfully, so we were all on the same team."

May 13, 2013

A startup based in downtown Boston, BlockAvenue has divided up the U.S. into a small pieces, and then aggregated as much data as it can find to start telling stories about them.

May 13, 2013

A startup based in downtown Boston, BlockAvenue has divided up the U.S. into a small pieces, and then aggregated as much data as it can find to start telling stories about them.

October 15, 2012

Most of us grasp the concept by now that social media has the potential to create a powerful a two-way dialog between government and constituents. So, why aren’t more municipalities embracing this form of public outreach? Cutting through the clutter of social media can be quite intimidating for the novice, we agree; however, platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Google Plus and even Pinterest can and should be viewed as a communications asset. Recently, technology and communications experts from three U.S. cities were asked for their recommendations regarding social media strategies for engagement. 

September 10, 2012

Three “democracy startups” are setting the ball rolling for citizens to be highly savvy voters, receive balanced political perspectives, and take matters into their own hands as they run for political office.

Three “democracy startups” are setting the ball rolling for citizens to be highly savvy voters, receive balanced political perspectives, and take matters into their own hands as they run for political office.

August 20, 2012

 

Mobile technology is powerful; literally everyone seems to own a cell phone these days. When used in public settings, it has the potential to involve citizens in various stages of planning processes. A few projects have used mobile  tools to help enfold citizens into community planning at the pedestrian level.

Mobile technology is powerful; literally everyone seems to own a cell phone these days. When used in public settings, it has the potential to involve citizens in various stages of planning processes. A few projects have used mobile  tools to help enfold citizens into community planning at the pedestrian level.

August 9, 2012

When citizens deliberate they are working toward realizing their disagreements based on differing experiences, recognize trade-offs, and make informed choices based on those realizations. More and more online deliberative forums, online town halls, and other tools are developed each year, but can they meet our expectations for democratic practice?

When citizens deliberate they are working toward realizing their disagreements based on differing experiences, recognize trade-offs, and make informed choices based on those realizations. More and more online deliberative forums, online town halls, and other tools are developed each year, but can they meet our expectations for democratic practice?

May 24, 2012

If a mark of a healthy organization is its capacity for allowing internal debate and dissent, the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is quite healthy, at least judged by the recent 20th annual conference held in West Palm Beach, Fla.  New Urbanism has been, in the words of founder Andrés Duany, “the least unsuccessful” recent movement in community building, and therefore has some confidence and capacity to entertain dissent.  Nevertheless, even the greatest of skeptics would have been impressed by the range of topics featured in different sessions, and the range of speakers within given sessions.  One session was particularly notable for its central importance to the evolving nature of New Urbanist project and its interdisciplinary and intergenerational panel. Great skeptics might point out some glaring absences from that panel, but the lively discussion was evidence that New Urbanist leaders are deeply committed to a future of intelligent, collaborative city building.     

May 9, 2012

This week a broad cross-section of America’s (and the world’s) best urban planners, designers, thinkers and doers will be gathering in West Palm Beach for the 20th annual Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU20). Even if you were unable to attend this event, you’ll have the chance to participate by following the CNU 20 buzz (Twitter hashtag #cnu20) of attendees as they work to craft hands-on solutions that will vitalize our neighborhoods, cities and towns.

May 3, 2012

It seems that cities known for their successful public transportation programs have done a bit of listening to residents to make improvements, plan, and respond to citizen needs. In a city like Chicago where each day thousands of people rely on the Chicago Transit Authority to get to their destination, a good transit experience seems to make or break their day. And how do we know this? Search for the Twitter hashtag #cta and you’ll discover a multitude of statements from the Chicagoland populace.

It seems that cities known for their successful public transportation programs have done a bit of listening to residents to make improvements, plan, and respond to citizen needs. In a city like Chicago where each day thousands of people rely on the Chicago Transit Authority to get to their destination, a good transit experience seems to make or break their day. And how do we know this? Search for the Twitter hashtag #cta and you’ll discover a multitude of statements from the Chicagoland populace.

May 3, 2012

It seems that cities known for their successful public transportation programs have done a bit of listening to residents to make improvements, plan, and respond to citizen needs. In a city like Chicago where each day thousands of people rely on the Chicago Transit Authority to get to their destination, a good transit experience seems to make or break their day. And how do we know this? Search for the Twitter hashtag #cta and you’ll discover a multitude of statements from the Chicagoland populace.

It seems that cities known for their successful public transportation programs have done a bit of listening to residents to make improvements, plan, and respond to citizen needs. In a city like Chicago where each day thousands of people rely on the Chicago Transit Authority to get to their destination, a good transit experience seems to make or break their day. And how do we know this? Search for the Twitter hashtag #cta and you’ll discover a multitude of statements from the Chicagoland populace.

February 23, 2012

The question of how to effectively and appropriately communicate with the public regarding department or organizational planning initiatives and achievements frequently comes up for us with clients. Although some planners may have fine tuned their project communication strategy, it became apparent to us recently, while browsing discussions on Cyburbia.com, that many are still struggling to find some fresh ideas on how to spread the word about what they are actually working on.


February 15, 2012

Don't miss this Special Interest Track at the 25th Bled Conference - eDemocracy: from eRevolution to eParticipation. The purpose of this Special Interest Track is to shed light on recent developments in this highly topical areas and to discuss exciting new projects, experiences and future (research) directions -especially from a infor-mation systems perspective.