Check out our Google map of 70+ California projects!
NCDD and the New America Foundation’s California Civic Innovation Project (CCIP) worked together this summer to create an interactive map of exciting public engagement projects in California. In just a short 3-week time period, movers-and-shakers in dialogue, deliberation and public engagement shared with us details about over 70 local, regional, and state-wide programs happening throughout California.
Check it out at www.ncdd.org/community/ca-map.
Click around the map to learn more about the projects and the people behind them — and feel free to contact folks you’d like to connect with.
CCIP director Alissa Black made this project possible, and we plan to update this map every few months with Alissa’s help and your involvement. We’d like this to be an ever-growing resource that gives people a sense of (and access to) the amazing work being done to engage citizens and stakeholders in public issues throughout California. So if you missed our deadline this time around, you can still complete the survey and be added to the next iteration of the map.
This project is also a test for NCDD to see what we can generate from a mapping process like this — using free online tools and depending on data provided by our amazing members, and how we might want to duplicate this effort in other locations across the country. Our community members have told us they’d like easier ways to connect with others in their region, clearer ways to see who’s working on projects on what topics, and better ways to demonstrate our collective efforts to policymakers, funders, and others.
What do you think about this project, and the map itself? Do you find it useful? Interesting? Fun? Do you think we should create maps like this for other regions and, if so, how would you want the data collected/shared to be different for your region? Would a national map be useful? Please let us know what you think and help us move forward!