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Engagement Commons Launches

This morning I saw an announcement for the Engagement Commons, “a comprehensive and dynamic catalog of the tools available for civic engagement and the real-world stories of their deployments.”  I recommend that all NCDD members who focus on online engagement add some of their case studies to this resource.

Even though the Engagement Commons covers some of the same ground that the NCDD Resource Center covers, I think it is good to get the word out about successful dialogue and deliberation practices whenever and whenever we have an opportunity.  Engagement Commons is targeting folks in the IT industry in local government, so it is more overlapping than directly competitive with the NCDD Resource Center.

Related initiatives that started from within our field include ParticipateDB and Participedia.  If you have online engagement case studies, I recommend entering them into all three resources.

From the email I received:

Engagement Commons (housed within the Civic Commons Marketplace) is a comprehensive and dynamic catalog of the tools available for civic engagement and the real-world stories of their deployments. While the site is still a work in progress, we want to encourage the community to jump in and try things out — and tell us how to make it better.

It’s a wiki-based resource, so you can contribute by adding apps or organizations to the catalog, tracking a deployment of a tool, or sharing a story about tech for engagement. Check it out, and feel free to get in touch if you have any questions, comments, or ideas for improvements.

For more background on the project, read this post on the CfA blog:
http://codeforamerica.org/2012/04/23/check-out-engagement-commons-beta-2/

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Lucas Cioffi graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Having served one year in Baghdad as an infantry officer, he realizes the need for effective dialogue and deliberation in preventing conflict. He is passionate about advanced online deliberative platforms and is co-founder of AthenaBridge.com.

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  1. Lauren Dyson says:

    Thanks for the support, Lucas! For anyone wanting to get in touch, find us on Twitter (@civcoms) or email us at feedback@civiccommons.org

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