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Camille Koué

26 neighbors want a better way for the public to communicate with the government in Downtown Oakland.

Oakland is a technology hub. Oakland need look no further than its own back yard, with groups like Code for Oakland, HUB Oakland, and Tech Liminal, to name a few, to come up with a comprehensive technology system that can reach and engage all sectors of the community. Civic engagement is inextricably linked to civic education, and while more of this education needs to be done in our schools, we can create a parallel civic education system that uses modern, interactive technologies that can reach an even broader audience, including those who are no longer in school. A huge benefit of this system is being able to link action with outcome, so that citizens can see how their engagement directly influences their government, rebuilding the connection between the Oakland public and their government. Instilling in Oakland residents a reinvigorated sense of self-efficacy is the ultimate goal.

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Chris Palmatier
Eddie A Tejeda
Spike
KLH
Nicole Germaine Neditch Stuip
Eric Reynolds
Steven Chillous
Krys
Gwtarverjr
Adam Stiles
Tonya Love
Rachel Grossman
catrina chaos
Dan
Bridget
Alan Joseph Williams
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Camille Koué

@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.

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Iceland crowdsources its next constitution

Iceland is crowdsourcing its new constitution to citizens through social media.

www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/b...

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Alan Joseph Williams

@Camille, do you have any links to the Iceland program, or news article about its successes and shortcomings?

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Posted Jul 31, 2012
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Eric Reynolds

Hi Nicole, I am glad to know that the City of Oakland has finally acknowledged the power of what local online communities can help accomplish for the City and its residence. Yet the concept demands a proactive project team that includes professionals and volunteers who are willing to operate, moderate, and help it grow into something that will facilitate growth in support, camaraderie, and revenue. Research locally who and what's out there and build from it.

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Posted Jul 17, 2012
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Nicole Germaine Neditch Stuip

Hi All, I work for the City of Oakland's Office of the City Administrator, and we are currently working on an Online Engagement Plan to address this issue. I would love to meet with any/all of you to get your ideas. If you would like to be engaged in the evolution of the plan, please email me: nneditch@oaklandnet.com.
Thanks for all of the great comments. I totally support this idea!

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Posted Jul 5, 2012
Andy
Andy
Aug 25, 2013

Any updates on the OEP, Nicole?

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Data & Democracy

Great ideas and comments. I work with the Data and Democracy Initiative at CITRIS (opinion.berkeley.edu/ddi) and would love to support these developments. I look forward to following the discussion here and plan to attend the Code for Oakland event on July 21.

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Dan

"Where they combined physical meetings with social media and open source websites to increase transparency and public collaboration" = well said.

We're going to be active on the streets in Oakland this year. Stay tuned!

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Posted Jun 28, 2012
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Sonya R.

So do I! I work with a grassroots organization called the Community Democracy Project, and we're taking a stab at elevating direct democracy and civic engagement in Oakland by putting the people in charge of public resources--as First Five says, "Our Budget, Our Rules!" This summer, we're launching an initiative campaign, with the support of many community organizations and leaders--direct democracy starts with our tax dollars and our city budget! Our website is in development, at communitydemocracyproject.org, and we're on facebook as well. This is a great opportunity to take action on this issue--to take "public communication" a step up, to real public power. Get in touch with us--we need volunteers!

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Posted Jun 27, 2012
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Eric Reynolds

Right on, Camille! Facebook has shown that we can communicate on a global level. It's time to focus on building and maintaining online micro communities that can quickly distribute
local news and events, fostering community participation and well-being. Good luck with your studies.

Eric

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Posted Jun 25, 2012
Andy
Andy
Aug 25, 2013

Yes, Eric. And that's what Neighborland is for.

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Camille Koué

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?

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Posted Jun 25, 2012
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Camille Koué

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.

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