@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.
@Camille, do you have any links to the Iceland program, or news article about its successes and shortcomings?
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for all of the great comments. I totally support this idea!
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.
"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!
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!
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.
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.