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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

E-Democracy promoting the Knight Green Line Challenge in Saint Paul

Have a great idea for the neighborhoods along the Green Line Saint Paul? A $1.5 million dollar challenge was announce by the Knight Foundation. E-Democracy’s Saint Paul forums have sprung into action bringing thousands of visits to their website. Submit your idea by July 24. Join our special public drafting effort via Google Docs.

Neighbors Online Workshop @ DigiDaze June 20 – St. Paul Rondo Outreach Library

It’s time to get excited about digital inclusion in the Twin Cities! On June 20th, the Community Technology Empowerment Project hosts DigiDaze from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the St. Paul Rondo Community Outreach Library at the corner of Dale and University. Free Parking – enter on University going east before Dale. From 2:00 p.m. […]

Digital Outreach for Civic Hacking Awesomeness – National Day of Civic Hacking

Digital Outreach for Civic Hacking Awesomeness Practical ideas for promoting your local civic technology hackathon* Written for local National Day of Civic Hacking organizers by Steven Clift,  These strategies are based on twenty years of experience with online groups related to open gov/civic tech. This includes direct involvement with CityCampMN, Open Twin Cities, Hack […]

3333 Community Sparks – Copying Another Idea for Posterity

In 2013, the Forever St. Paul, $1 million idea challenge, put out a request for proposals. This is what we proposed. We are copying this into our blog for archival purposes. We still love the idea! Let us know if you want to make it happen or fund it.   3333 Community Sparks – Connect […]

100,000 Participants – Copying An Idea for Posterity

As our blog is a useful repository for content that will last for years, here is a copy of our intentionally audacious Knight News Challenge proposal from 2013. Elements of this may turn into future proposals, particularly if you have to a funder who is inspired b them and gets in touch. 🙂  Source. 100,000+ […]

Sharing Lessons – New Voices: Civic Technology, Neighbors Online, and Open Government – Video and Slides

E-Democracy hit the road to share lessons widely as we closed out an amazing 2013. In a recent trip to New York hosted by the UNDP with outreach via betaNYC, Steven Clift went in-depth on raising new voices with civic technology. Thanks to Joly MacFie with the Internet Society New York for sharing this video. To join a future […]

White House releases 2nd Open Government National Action Plan – Links and Commentary

This plan is part of the U.S. involvement in the global Open Government Partnership. I recently had a chance to chat with folks  involved with OGP-related efforts across Europe and this is a really big deal that may not have crossed your radar. Below is a full collection of links. Start here. My big take away […]


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