@Alan, here is an article with links to some of its online components. www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/b...
And here is a TED talk about it tedxtalks.ted.com/video/TEDxRe...
I haven't found any articles about its shortcomings but I would love to read about them. I'll keep searching and please let me know if you come across one.
Iceland is crowdsourcing its new constitution to citizens through social media.
There is this building right by the lake that I used to walk past all the time. It is very tall, but the sides don't have any windows, so it is just like 40 stories of a concrete, grey wall. I always wanted those two sides of the building to be covered in a huge painting or mural. I would love for the city to commission something for that space.
I'm studying this in graduate school right now, and hoping to focus on an integrated system (hopefully in Oakland) for my thesis, so maybe I can work with you and Code for America/Code for Oakland on my thesis project, when the time comes.
Do you know of cities that have integrated systems?
The best integrated system I know of is not in a city or in the United States, but in Iceland. Where they combined physical meetings with social media and open source websites to increase transparency and public collaboration – while rewriting their constitution. They were very successful in public participation – of course they have one of the highest percentages of Internet literacy in the world, as I understand it. But I think that is a good model to look at. I am not aware of cities that have implemented integrated systems, but I would certainly love to learn about them, if you know of any! I only know about cities that have implemented a social media page, or a mobile app, or some politicians (Issa and the Project Madison) or government agencies (USPTO’s Peer-to-Patent project) that have created open source websites to encourage public participation. But those systems are compartmentalized and not integrated.