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Re: [betaNYC] Neighbors online trends in NYC?

From: Steven A.
Sent on: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 11:54 AM
Actually, the movement hasn't been that successful in the USA either, Open Data notwithstanding.  Some European examples I am familiar with:

Cologne tried e-participation in[masked], allocating a portion of their discretionary budget to citizen participation.  Only a small minority of citizens participated and those that did had their spending proposals mostly vetoed by the city council.

Bologna used google and facebook to encourage citizens to participate in civil government, but only 300 out of a total population of 500,000 engaged.  Bandwidth limitations, cultural preferences, and the relative paucity of things to participate in made the program unattractive.

The Canton of Geneva has perhaps the most advanced e-participation in Europe, though they are not EU members.  In Geneva, citizens can gather electronic signatures to put legislative initiatives on the ballot that the entire Canton votes on.  

I have some friends who work on e-participation in the EU and am happy to make introductions if that would be helpful.  


Best Regards,

Steve



From: Steven Clift <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Date: 12/18/2013 11:12 AM
Subject: Re: [betaNYC] Neighbors online trends in NYC?





Europe is a big place.  :-) There are some successes.

However, with the EU funding far more of this e-participation stuff than any U.S. sources in the gov/ngo space,  I am very interested in what code we can adapt and add on to rather than recreate from scratch.

Steven Clift - [address removed]
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On Dec 18,[masked]:26 AM, "Steven Adler" <[address removed]> wrote:
This is an interesting idea, though e-participation in Europe has been spectacularly unsuccessful.


Best Regards,

Steve Adler

IBM


From: Steven Clift <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Date: 12/17/2013 08:36 AM
Subject: Re: [betaNYC] Neighbors online trends in NYC?






From a general innovative engagement perspective, community boards (or neighborhood associations in Mpls or District Councils in St. Paul) could be a very interesting starting point for creating open source tools for connecting local people to a hybrid of representative decision-making and participatory democracy.

I've always wondered what the Drupal or WordPress template and plugin/module combo would be to make participatory local democracy more accessible.

Also, on webcasting ... the Volis project from Estonia might be worth checking out. I was told it was open source: https://www.volis.ee/gvolis/?lang=en

Cheers,
Steven Clift

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