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Look over the resources we’ve compiled in the Tech for Engagement category to get a sense of the range of tools and products that can be used by dialogue and deliberation practitioners who want to utilize modern technology in their activities – both online and face-to-face.

Legal Issues Associated With Social Media (ILG Report)

What legal issues do public agencies face relating to their use of social media?  This paper chronicles a number of them. It also offers “dos and don’ts” advice for reaping the benefits of social media while minimizing the pitfalls.  A version of this paper was delivered to the May 2010 City Attorneys Spring Conference. from the guide's Introduction.. Social media has transformed communication through Internet technologies that allow users to communicate directly with each other. A key consequence of this is that traditional institutions (for […] (continue)

Codigital

Codigital’s cloud-based tool is used by facilitators and conference organizers to engage communities and stakeholders in a simple, participant-driven process that generates ideas, insight, consensus and solutions to the issue under discussion. The tool is used in live face-to-face situations and also in 1-2 week online projects such as gaining input from attendees when planning a conference. Codigital’s tool incorporates features that (i) enable people to cross-fertilize their ideas so as to benefit from the different perspectives of the group’s members, (ii) avoid individual bias, […] (continue)

Harnessing Collaborative Technologies: Helping Funders Work Together Better

In November 2013, Monitor Institute and the Foundation Center released a new report called Harnessing Collaborative Technologies: Helping Funders Work Together Better. As part of the research, we looked at more than 170 different technological tools now available to funders, dove deeply into the literature on philanthropic collaboration, analyzed the results of recent Foundation Center surveys, and spoke with a wide range of experts from the worlds of both technology and philanthropy. The Harnessing Collaborative Technologies report helps readers make sense of the dizzying array of technologies that are now […] (continue)

Integrating News Media, Citizen Engagement, and Digital Platforms Towards Democratic Ends

This 5-page AmericaSpeaks report examines how we might use new forms of media, digital platforms, and citizen engagement principles to reengage the center and those who have turned out due to apathy and disgust. The report discusses some of the issues that need to be considered to bring the power of new technology and the digital world to the complexity of media, citizen engagement, and politics.  What needs to happen in today's new news space to prevent many of the same structures of inequity, exclusion, and […] (continue)

e-Deliberation™

e-Deliberation™ is a web-based platform used by teams and communities to collaboratively deliberate to resolve a focus, which can be a complex problems or a goal. The teams include a rich variety of stakeholder perspectives (between 15 and 80 participants) who all contribute to define a consent-based, strategy to address the said focus. The strategy develops as several complementary vectors which are integrated and harmonized as part of the process. e-Deliberation™ can be used for face to face summits as well as entirely web-based collaborations. […] (continue)

Rulemaking 2.0: Understanding and Getting Better Public Participation

This 2013 report from the IBM Center for The Business of Government is based on five case studies of e-rulemaking experiments to better engage the public, and offers advice on how agencies can increase the quantity and quality of public participation. By authors Cynthia R.Farina and Mary J.Newhart with CeRI (the Cornell eRulemaking Initiative). From Center Executive Director Dan Chenok's announcement:  This report provides important insights in how governments can improve the rulemaking process by taking full advantage of Rulemaking 2.0 technology, building on the progress made […] (continue)

ConsiderIt

ConsiderIt is an open source platform that combines the virtues of personal reflection and public deliberation. ConsiderIt helps individuals make sense of complex issues through familiar deliberative activities. People can sort out their own thoughts by taking stances, weighing pros and cons and browsing key points made both others. ConsiderIt makes it easy for contributors to make their voices heard and find others who share their views. ConsiderIt's structured approach to deliberation also helps decrease polarization and establish common ground. It nudges people towards considering tradeoffs […] (continue)

Agreedis.org

Agreedis.org is an online deliberation tool launched on March 1, 2013 designed to break down issues into relevant parts and present these elements as action items to participants who evaluate the items and determine their importance or relavance to potential solutions. As described by the tool's creator... At Agreedis, we started with one simple question: How do you bring together millions of people together with vastly different opinions and compel them to agree on compromise solutions? The Agreedis model is to break down major problems […] (continue)

NIFI Teachers’ Forums

The National Issues Forums Institute provides many resources for teachers.  Along with an entire section of their website dedicated to educators (including classroom material, issue guides and course descriptions), NIF has created an online forum space where educators can share experiences using NIF material. Are you looking for new ways to engage students in productive, deliberative conversations in your classroom? Are you interested in connecting with other teachers who are thinking about ways to instruct a new generation of citizens? Have you used National Issues […] (continue)

Incorporating Facebook Into Online Engagement: A Practical Guide

Australia-based Bang the Table, offers a 14-page guide on how Facebook can best be used as part of a community engagement strategy. With tips on common questions like "pages vs. groups" and "anonymity vs. transparency," this is a great guide for those new to using social media for engagement. Check out the 11 tips on page 13 for tips like: Use appropriate language and tone. Remember Facebook is a social network and people go there to be social. Reflect this in the type of language you […] (continue)

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