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Government 2.0: Redefining Civic Engagement and Dispute Resolution

NCDD supporting member Larry Schooler is one of three panelists on an upcoming free webinar being organized by the Internet Bar Organization.  The webinar, titled “Government 2.0: Redefining Civic Engagement and Dispute Resolution” will be held at 1pm Eastern on Tuesday, November 8th.  Larry wanted to extend an invitation for NCDDers to attend.

The panel of experts will discuss the use of innovative dispute resolution technologies by governments in the 21st century and learn about the tools and technologies you, as mediators, lawyers, consultants, government officials and citizens, will and should be using to communicate with governments on local, provincial, state and international levels.

Panelists include:

  • Larry Schooler – Fellow, Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution, UT Austin; Mediator & Community Engagement Consultant for City of Austin, Texas
  • Darin Thompson – Legal Counsel, BC Ministry of Attorney General, Justice Services Branch
  • Colin Rule – Founder and CEO of Modria, Inc.; former Director of Online Dispute Resolution for Ebay and PayPal.
  • Daniel Rainey – Chief of Staff at The National Mediation Board; Chair, Technology Committee at Association for Conflict

Register at http://internetbar.org./government-2-0/register/.

More details…

As deficits grow and tax revenues dwindle, governments are being forced to make difficult decisions on which services and functions are necessary, which are expendable, and which are superfluous. At the same time, citizens and businesses are demanding more access to information, easier forms of communication, and greater efficiencies in government’s role as intermediary to dispute resolution.

Technology’s ability to meet the needs of both citizens and government is obvious. However, with varying degrees of citizen capacity and resources, which technologies are best suited? Will citizens without high-speed access to the internet ultimately have less ability to engage with government or partake in its services? How do we address the access and knowledge divide? Are virtual service channels and remote engagement sufficient replacements to old ashioned town halls and courthouses? How can costly and inefficient in-person traditional government forums be replicated or replaced for the digital age? Should they be? Are technology-mediated dispute resolution systems an organic evolution of our times or a fiscal necessity?

Join an esteemed panel of experts on the use of innovative dispute resolution technologies by governments in the 21st century and learn about the tools and technologies you, as mediators, lawyers, consultants, government officials and citizens, will and should be using to communicate with governments on local, provincial, state and international levels.

For more information on the Internet Bar Organization, please visit our website at InternetBar.org or contact us at info@internetbar.org.

To learn more about the webinar, please visit us at http://internetbar.org/government-2-0/.

Sandy Heierbacher is the director of the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD). She co-founded NCDD in 2002 with her husband Andy Fluke. Sandy has an M.A. in International Management from SIT Graduate Institute. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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