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Planning Public Forums: Questions to Guide Local Officials

This 21-page guidebook by Terry Amsler (2007) provides practical steps to help local government agencies build their capacity to use public forums effectively. A publication of the Institute for Local Government, the research and education affiliate of the California State Association of Counties and the League of California Cities. Download at http://www.ca-ilg.org/publicforums. Also see these other great publications by ILG: A Local Official’s Guide to Working with Clergy and Congregations This publication describes approaches to enhance working relationships with clergy and congregations that can deepen […] (continue)


Tim Bonnemann of Intellitics has been seeding a rich repository of tools and services for web-based participation at www.participatedb.com. As of September 2010, you will find details here about 160 online tools and 202 online engagement projects. ParticipateDB is a collaborative catalogue for online tools for participation (often referred to as tools for web-based engagement, online participation, e-participation, e-consultation, online dialogue, online deliberation etc.).  The site aims to build a comprehensive guide to the many online tools for public participation and related forms of citizen […] (continue)

Using Social Media to Increase Civic Engagement in U.S. Federal Agencies

Published in March 2010 and available for download from SlideShare, the 90-ish page Using Social Media to Increase Civic Engagement in U.S. Federal Agencies is a report for the FCC’s Broadband Taskforce, Civic Engagement Team. Archon Fung was the academic advisor for this paper, which was prepared by two Kennedy School grad students. http://www.slideshare.net/yasminfodil/social-media-and-civic-participation-final Here is the executive summary: Civic engagement is a critical element of our democratic process. It has many potential benefits for public policy professionals, including: creating public value in the form […] (continue)

Online Community Engagement Spectrum

This chart from Bang The Table uses IAP2's Public Involvement Spectrum (inform, consult, involve, collaborate, and empower) to show which online engagement tools are the best fit for different involvement goals. Tools include websites, blogs, feedback forms, forums, polling, RSS feeds, wikis, surveys, social networks, and more. Download the doc at http://corporate.bangthetable.com/upload/filename/22/Tips_Sheet_-_Online_Community_Engagement_Spectrum.pdf. (continue)

Online deliberation as preamble to large-scale facilitated engagement events

For the Fourth International Conference on Online Deliberation at Leeds, Rob Lubensky submitted a paper entitled Online deliberation as preamble to large-scale facilitated engagement events (pdf 107kb). His thesis is that facilitated, online deliberation in the lead-up to face-to-face public engagement should constructively focus on the diversity and multiplicity of values, ethics, beliefs and even self-interests that public policy in a particular context should satisfy. Public deliberation would be more inclusive and legitimate if this landscape is well-explored before policy solutions are considered. A protracted […] (continue)

Our Budget, Our Economy: An AmericaSpeaks National Town Meeting

3,500 Americans came together across 57 sites around the country to discuss the nation’s long-term fiscal challenges on June 26, 2010 as part of Our Budget, Our Economy:  An AmericaSpeaks National Town Meeting. Participants worked in small groups with skilled facilitators to learn about the issues, weigh trade offs, and express their preferences. Face-to-face meetings at each of the sites took place simultaneously and were linked together by satellite and webcast to create a true National Town Meeting. At 19 of the sites, participants used […] (continue)

Legislation Supporting Citizen Participation

Three resources to help you get a sense of the kinds of legislation that can and do support citizen engagement in governance and decision-making, an NCDD listserv compilation, an amazing article by Lisa Bingham, and a 2003 global compilation by LogoLink. (continue)

Collaborative Democracy: Beth Noveck on Reengineering Civic Life

The following are remixed highlights of Beth Noveck’s talk “Transparent Government” that she gave as part of the Long Now Foundation‘s Seminars about Long-Term Thinking. As with Noveck’s original talk, these highlights, as remixed by Hassan Masum and posted on August 11, 2010 here on worldchanging.com, are made available under a Creative Commons by-nc-sa 2.5 license. Noveck talks about the three pilars of the Open Government Directive:  transparency, participation and collaboration.  About deliberative democracy, she emphasizes the importance of focusing on action in addition to […] (continue)

Deliberative Democracy or Discursively Biased? Perth’s Dialogue with the City Initiative

The State Government in Western Australia has portrayed itself as a champion of revitalising local democracy and civic engagement. This can be seen in the plethora of community consultation/participation policy documents that have emerged from the Premier's Citizens and Civics Unit over the past five years. Dialogue with the City, a major participatory planning process that formed part of the development of a new strategic plan—Network City—for metropolitan Perth, has been heralded as an exemplar of deliberative democracy. This paper draws on deliberative democratic theory, performative policy analysis and institutional discourse analysis to interrogate the efficacy of this claim by examining the discursive practices leading up to and including the Community Forum, a major consultative and participatory event of the Dialogue Initiative. (continue)

An Evolving Relationship: Executive Branch Approaches to Civic Engagement and Philanthropy

Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE) released its 8-page white paper “An Evolving Relationship: Executive Branch Approaches to Civic Engagement and Philanthropy” in May 2010. This white paper is based on a briefing memo prepared for a White House meeting earlier in 2010 between leaders of the philanthropic community and Executive Branch officials. The meeting focused on the topics of service, civic engagement, social innovation and public participation and where there might be shared interests between the two groups. (continue)