Last week, my colleague Pete Fecteau, Prototype Engineer, and I had the pleasure of traveling to Austin, TX to conduct in-person user research for Granicus’ CivicIdeas application. We heard a lot of really interesting thoughts around citizen engagement, above and beyond how CivicIdeas supports that.
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Election Day reminds us of the importance of preserving and improving citizen collaboration which helps all levels of government represent the concerns, goals, and priorities of the people. Participation in government doesn't start and stop with Election Day. Citizens always have an opportunity to get involved.
Connecting government to citizens is the most effective way to bring about better communities, better societies, and better government. Offering a website and a phone number is not nearly enough. As a result, we created an all in one tool for governments to take advantage of crowdsourced ideation, focused conversation, and agenda item feedback.
The new public engagement, enabled by technology, is making participatory governing a much stronger and meaningful component for all levels of the public sector. Yesterday, nearly 100 government professionals attended an online presentation focused on the growing trend of cooperative online public engagement. You can view the presentation here.
The Metropolitan Council, the regional planning organization serving the seven-county Twin Cities metro area of Minnesota, just launched a new community engagement portal called Your Ideas to help them fuel their long-range planning efforts with fresh ideas and innovation. It’s one of the first government-hosted crowdsourcing websites in the state of Minnesota.
We hosted a webinar yesterday to help government agencies become leaders in civic technology. The event attracted more than 300 people! I wanted to share a quick recap of some of the core themes we discussed to hopefully help your organization harnesses online technologies that can help you govern more effectively—this means with higher levels of public trust, accountability, and cost savings.
If you haven't heard of Code for America, it's like a peace corps for geeks. Designers, developers, product managers and technologists serve a fellowship for a year and help 'reboot government' by building new and innovative open source/platform solutions for city governments. This year, they have teams of three to four fellows in eight cities, including several Granicus clients: Chicago, Honulu, Austin, Philadelphia, and New Orleans. The CFA Salons are monthly gatherings of thought leaders in the Gov 2.0 space who share interesting insights into their work.