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Highlights of AmericaSpeaks: Our Budget, Our Economy

This video features AmericaSpeaks' summer 2010 national discussion on the nation's fiscal challenges. The core video is only about 6 minutes long, but included at the end are several minutes of interviews with participants and partners about their experience at the event. www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfOqh_yKPR0 (continue)

Government by Collaboration

The spring 2010 issue of GSA’s Intergovernmental Solutions Newsletter explores some of the many ways technology is expanding opportunities for governments to collaborate on public-policy decision-making–and ways collaboration is increasing the range and power of technology to dramatically alter the accepted ways of doing business. From the introductory article by Darlene Meskell, of the GSA Office of Citizen Services and Communications… The 21st Century society poses challenges of unprecedented complexity. No individual, department, agency, or government can single-handedly achieve results like ending climate change or […] (continue)

Spectrum of Processes for Collaboration and Consensus-Building in Public Decisions

This one-page spectrum (2008) was developed by Suzanne Orenstein, Lucy Moore and Susan Sherry, members of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Future of Collaboration and Consensus on Public Issues, in consideration of and inspiration from the spectra developed by International Association for Public Involvement (Public Participation Spectrum) and the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation (Engagement Streams Framework). While all types of processes have intrinsic value on their own, those on the right side of the spectrum tend to include early phases akin […] (continue)

Everyday Democracy’s Issue Guide Exchange

Everyday Democracy’s Issue Guide Exchange, formerly at everyday-democracy.org/exchange/, was a free online resource available to anyone who is interested in broad-based, inclusive dialogue leading to community action. It was a place for people to share, create, and discuss dialogue guides. The Issue Guide Exchange had three parts: An exchange – a place for people to upload issue guides of their own, search for and review others’ guides, and download and adapt them. A forum – a place for people to discuss specific guides or dialogue in […] (continue)

Recentering Democracy Around Citizens

Recentering Democracy around Citizens is a multimedia report from the Deliberative Democracy Consortium (2010) on how local leaders, and the national associations that serve them, can react to pressing challenges and reshape local governance. The skills, attitudes, capacity, and diversity of ordinary people are creating new opportunities and new challenges for our communities and our democracy. More than ever, citizens are able to disrupt policymaking processes when they don’t understand or agree with the values and opinions of decision-makers. Citizens are able to contribute more […] (continue)

Making the Most of Social Media: 7 Lessons from Successful Cities

The third in the series of the Fels Institute’s “Promising Practices” publications – Making the Most of Social Media: 7 Lessons from Successful Cities – is written for local governments—cities, counties, townships and their affiliates—that are beginning to experiment with social media and would like to get more out of them. More than two dozen early adopters were interviewed for this report, and their experiences offer some lessons to local governments about what sorts of tools social media offer, how to integrate them into a […] (continue)

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)