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Presentation from April’s Tech Tuesday on PlaceSpeak

For April’s Tech Tuesday event, Colleen Hardwick guided us through a presentation about the PlaceSpeak location-based community consultation platform. Colleen’s goal in founding PlaceSpeak has been to change the nature of online consultation with an emphasis on quality of feedback data as well as quantity of engagement. We want to say a big thank you to Colleen for her high energy presentation and for answering so many questions.

PlaceSpeak-logoOriginally piloted in municipalities in British Columbia, PlaceSpeak has spread across Canada and into the U.K., Australia and U.S. locations as diverse as Florida and South Dakota. In the April 22nd session, Colleen explained the features, process and benefit of “geo-authenticated” online engagement and shared several examples of public consultations on the PlaceSpeak platform. You can download Colleen’s highly visual PowerPoint presentation and also listen to a recording of the session.

One of PlaceSpeak’s key features is the ability to consult with people online within specific geographical boundaries. Instead of engaging with an anonymous public, PlaceSpeak verifies its participants, while protecting their privacy by design. To do so, it uses a 2-sided model. Participants verify their digital identity to their address, and then are able to receive notifications of relevant consultations in their area, according to the setting preferences in their profiles.

Convenors (Proponents) set up and manage their topic pages in an easy-to-use and inexpensive interface. They map the scope of participation and select from a variety of features (discussions, polls, surveys, idea generation) to obtain feedback. They are able to export reports in a variety of formats, all spatially segmented according to the geographical boundaries of the consultation area.

PlaceSpeak is currently working on its Open Data strategy and has developed an API called PlaceSpeak Connect to facilitate integration with other software applications. They are currently looking for suitable pilot projects. If you are interested, you can contact Colleen Hardwick at colleen@placespeak.com or call PlaceSpeak at 866-998-6977.

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Sandy Heierbacher is the Founding Director of the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD). Sandy has an M.A. in International Management from SIT Graduate Institute, and also serves as a Research Deputy for the Kettering Foundation. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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