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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 […]

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 – […]

Poplus – E-Democracy supports collaborative civic coding, Chicago gathering

  Special event: Join us in Chicago on Tuesday, August 5 for information session on Poplus and learn about Open Twin Cities and service design as well. E-Democracy is a big supporter of the global Poplus civic coding federation. In particular, we are gearing up to help with strategic outreach for the highly interactive online group […]

Connect with E-Democracy’s Steven Clift Across Europe – Nov 25 – Dec 2 2013

Now that CityCampMN and Give to the Max Day are behind us, I (Steven Clift) can focus intensively on preparing for a ten day speaking trip across Europe. This all started with an invite to participate in the World Forum and then others stepping forward to sponsor additional stops and gatherings. I am grateful. These […]

Updated Rules Adopted

  After months of extensive participant input including blog comments and an online survey, Forum Manager and volunteer consultation, and Board deliberation, the final version of our updated rules (terms of service) were adopted by the Board on April 26, 2011. The major changes include: Setting Better Expectations – We added text throughout to clarify […]

Online Survey – Comment on the Updated Rules Draft by March 15, 2011

Every few years, our Board seeks input on rules changes and reflects on how they have worked in practice so they can be improved. Online Survey (NOW CLOSED) – Read the proposed rules and comment section by section. Or read the full draft. The rules govern participation on our Issues Forums and guide our growing […]

Neighbors Online Video, London Networked Neighbours and CityCamp Unconferences

Here is a video of most of my presentation at the Networked Neighbourhoods event in London the other month. I start on the third minute. Unfortunately my FlipCam filled up so the rest of the even. Also see the blog recaps by Networked Neighbourhoods, and Kevin Harris. This was part of my UK trip in […]

Real Names – The View Shared with BBC Radio 4 and more

The other day I had the privilege of participating in a debate on BBC Radio 4’s You and Your’s program about anonymity in online commenting. Have a listen. At the Guardian’s Active conference I asked, why major online news sites are so content with empowering the angriest people in society with the design of their […]

UK Week – Bristol, Activate Conference, London Neighbourhoods Event, Pub Gatherings, and More

Thanks to the folks at The Guardian and their Activate 2010 conference I’ll be in the UK next week. The “official” Twitter hashtag I’ll use for updates during the week is #edemuk – I’ll use this for logistics and announce any spontaneous opportunities to connect. My big message all week will be Local Matters, Civility […]

How to Make Effective Use of E-Democracy.Org Issues Forums

For a long time, has been trying to put in place something to better educate and prepare forum participants on how to effectively make use of our forums, both in terms of managing their time and effectively communicating their ideas and opinions. We finally have a FREE online class in place designed to do […]


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