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Survey Says – 56% credit their Neighbors Forum for increased community satisfaction and more

While we have more in-depth analysis to do, we wanted to share the top line results from our 1350 respondents. That’s a big pool – about 10% of our individual participants just on our Twin Cities Neighbors Forums (not our city-wide forums or other cities) with active accounts. If you are new to E-Democracy and […]

Fundraiser Update: Stunning Feedback

Thank you for your donations! Every amount counts as our community engagement online returns to participant-supported mode. We ended the year with 263 donors contributing $9,180 to help us maintain the forums and provide user support. Thank you for helping make that happen. We want to extend a special thanks to our newer friends in […]

Fundraiser: Most Important Message from E-Democracy this Decade, Donate Today, Thank You Supporters

Short Version Thank You Supporters! We broke our record for the number of donors in one year with 184 contributing so far in our end of year pledge drive. We’ve raised $6,684 on our way to meet our essential goal of $10,000 US. (For those who have donated already, skip to the long letter that shares our […]

Year-End Appeal – Your Support Counts!

Greetings, Friend of E-Democracy! Last year we raised over $5,000 from awesome supporters like you. This year, with our vibrant online forums entering a post-grants phase, we need to keep them vital and raise $10,000 to cover hosting and user support. So far – with Give to the Max Day in Minnesota and #GivingTuesday around […]

#GivingTuesday – December 2nd!

Greetings, Friends of E-Democracy! How does one help a neighbor whose home is burglarized? Minneapolis resident Martha Bird asked her Neighborhood Forum for ideas when an immigrant family in her neighborhood had ALL their money stolen just days before Christmas and their little girl’s birthday. She wanted to help, but felt stymied by the family’s […]

Save the date! #GivingTuesday – December 2

If you don’t know what to buy, and are just doing it out of habit, STOP. #GivingTuesday is December 2. #GivingTuesday is a campaign to create a day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season to encouraged nonprofit organizations to “Get out the Give” during the holiday season. In the same way that […]

Facebook-Native Politicians – Slides, Webcast and Live Hangout Q and A Dec. 3/4

Are you ready for something completely new? Introducing the “Facebook Native Politician” … meaning someone on Facebook from their teens or college days now entering elective public office. Facebook user first, politician second. In my view, Minneapolis has the most exciting 24/7 “Facebook” engaged City Council in the world. With this embryonic case study, you […]

Common Ground for Action – Round 2 Dates and Topics!

Join an exciting pilot of a new online deliberation tool that helps people come together on what to do about complex issues facing our communities and nation. You’ll be joining E-Democracy participants and supporters as part of the world’s first public tests of Common Ground for Action, a new platform from the Kettering Foundation. We’ve […]

UK Engagements 2014 – Consultation Institute, SOCITM, Involve, Norbiton, MozFest, mySociety and more

Steven Clift, our Executive Director, will be visiting the UK on a speaking and engagement tour from October 20-28. My Facebook Native Councillors presentation starts at 5:10 and goes for 28 minutes:   Mon Oct 20 – Attending  Open : Data : Cooperation – Manchester Tue Oct 21 – Panelist Socitm Annual Conference – Manchester – […]

Who uses e-government? Who doesn’t … yet??

Tens of thousands were asked in a Census survey: Do you use the Internet to access government services, forms, or information? (Including tax forms.) Here is who over 25 years old who said “Yes”:   We’ve discovered a little known Census survey question on e-government buried on page 161 of the tables supporting the NTIA’s 2013 Digital Nation report. Never […]


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