Brief Analysis of 5 Recent eParticipation Projects

Great summary by Tim Bonnemann:




Event Announcement: PCamp09

­­Unfortunately I won't be able to participate, even though they offer great ways to participate virtually. From their website:

Participation Camp will provide the spark for an explosion of sharing, experimentation, and collaboration around this question.  Participants may attend a wide range of physical and virtual presentations (or deliver one themselves), compete in a conference-wide participation game, or roll up their sleeves in a hands-on workshop.

PCamp will be hosted by ITP@NYU.  There is no cost to attend.  Register now.

Using Second Life for Stakeholder Engagement

Why just talk with stakeholders about environmental management (or any other subject)? Let them experience it! Public Agenda is partnering with Public Decisions to explore and showcase the use of Virtual Worlds for citizen engagement.

Conducted entirely in the virtual world Second Life, this one-day conference will provide you with the opportunity to experience and learn about the possibilities of hosting stakeholder learning events using virtual reality.

You'll participate in presentations, discussions . . . even "field trips" that demonstrate how virtual reality is being used for stakeholder learning today.

What You'll Learn:

► The benefits and drawbacks of working with stakeholders in Second Life, including when it's appropriate, efficient and effective—and when it's not

► How Second Life differs from other technologies used for stakeholder engagement

► How Second Life can be used for a range of subject areas, including—but not limited to—environmental management

► Tips for using Second Life effectively, including how to access existing "islands" or spaces within Second Life's virtual world and how to create your own space 

View the conference agenda >>

You don't need prior experience with Second Life to attend, but you will need to create a Second Life account (it's free) in order to participate.

An orientation for registrants new to Second Life (and those who want a refresher) will be provided prior to the conference.

"It's Not the Campaign Anymore"

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The Washington Post recently did a second round of grading, the White House's online home.

On the positive side, "the White House's new media team earned praise for adding new features. Recently, the White House announced its presence on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. [...] In late March, hosted an online town hall, where, in less than 48 hours, more than 92,000 people submitted 103,978 questions and cast 3.5 million votes."

But, "on transparency, has yet to demonstrate any significant implementation other than reiterating that President Obama is committed to it."

The article also points out that simple things, like transcripts of speeches and daily press briefings are unavailable. While the advanced features were praised, the site scored low on providing basic information services started during the Bush administration.

Core Principles for Public Engagement

NCDD, IAP2 and the Co-Intelligence Institute have been leading a dynamic, collaborative online process aimed at developing a set of Core Principles for Public Engagement that most people and organizations in this field can support.  Dozens of practitioners and leading organizations have contributed to the creation of the Core Principles:

1. Careful Planning and Preparation
2. Inclusion and Demographic Diversity
3. Collaboration and Shared Purpose
4. Openness and ­Learning
5. Transparency and Trust
6. Impact and Action
7. Sustained Engagement and Participatory Culture

The Core Principles document will soon be officially submitted to the people working on Obama's open government directive­.

Visit the NCDD website for more detail and to see the long list of supporters in the field >>

Charlene Li: The Future Of Social Networks

Social networks will be like air...




Robin Good's Best Online Collaboration Tools


Very co­mprehensive list... for folks who have a lot of time on their hand to explore. View full list with links >>collabtools3440249958_5419a88c3c


Tool Tip: Google Moderator

moderator1Google Moderator is a simple tool that helps groups determine which questions should be asked at face-to-face meetings, conferences, Q&A sessions, etc.

Moderator gives participants a way to submit questions and vote for the ones they want answered. And thanks to the scale that App Engine provides, this application can now support tens of thousands of people at once. This gives everyone the chance to be heard in a way that gives priority to the issues that matter most to the broader group.

The White House used Moderator, to determine which questions for President Obama to answer at an online Town Hall meeting in March 2009, with mixed results. While a lot of great topics rose to the top, interest groups like the Legalize Marijuana lobby hi-jacked the conversation. 

Tool Tip: Ning

ning_logoWe have successfully used niche online social networks as a way for participants to stay involved and discuss next steps after face-to-face workshops and events. By providing a shared online space, all participants can connect, keep the conversation going, and share resources and information. is a hosted service that allows organizers to create their own social network online. It lets creators of networks determine the site’s appearance, features, and whether the site is public or private. In general the functionality is similar to that of more well-known online networks, such as Facebook and MySpace. Net­works on Ning can include features such as photos or videos, lists of network members and events, groups within the network, and communi­cation tools such as forums or blogs. Users can join, create their own profiles and participate in the network.


Barely any technical skills are required to set up a social network. Ning offers no-cost hosted networks, which are supported by advertisements, or a premium service without ads which also lets users choose network URLs that are separate from the Ning domain. ­

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