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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??

    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 before have so many people been surveyed on their use of digital government. While the survey was asked in 2011, fresh numbers from 2013 are about to be released. Let’s not miss this opportunity […]

Immigration. Bullying. Fixing Politics. Sign-up to Deliberate Online.

E-Democracy is helping the Kettering Foundation and their National Issues Forum network test a new online deliberation tool called Common Ground for Action. It is a “live” experience using text chat and nifty tools to respond to policy options and trade-offs. Informative issue videos and short guides provide non-partisan background for each deliberation. Vote/Sign Up Here – Select issue interests […]

Video: Open Twin Cities Lessons, Service Design and Hack for MN

E-Democracy/Open Twin Cities went to Chicago on an amazing two day “civic tech field trip” (blog posts pending on what we learned). Thanks to Derek Eder with DataMade and Chris Whitacker with the Smart Chicago Collaborative and Code for America, we had a room at the amazing 1871 co-working/incubator space to share some of our […]


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