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Participation 3.0 is our new next generation local online civic engagement initiative.
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The four emerging funded projects within this initiative are (DRAFT TEXT):
- Participation 3.0 Big Ideas - An outreach and convening effort to gather the best "next generation online civic engagement" ideas for local communities and move them forward.
- Public Meetings - A model open and transparent "Participation 3.0" effort to liberate public meeting agendas from obscurity. This model will test and inform the open source-style process for the full multi-year initiative.
- Diverse Communities Issues Forums - Over the next 15 months we will deepen our Issues Forum start-up efforts in the lower income, high immigrant Cedar Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis and the Greater Frogtown neighborhood in St. Paul. These forums serve the kinds of neighborhoods that appear to least likely to have local community building efforts that use social media while around the nation, wealthier, more homogeneous areas are benefiting from a mix of neighborhood e-mail lists, blogs, Ning sites, or Facebook Groups. From gathering lessons on effective community outreach (working pretty well) to our newly identified priority of building content and forum engagement that reflects the diversity of those successfully recruited, this work is being watched around the world because it seems to be a nut that no one has cracked. What good is online engagement if it simply helps those communities that need the least relative help while completely passing over those diverse/lower income areas that could benefit the most. We are also seeking funding to include our Native American majority rural Minnesota Cass Lake Leech Lake community Issues Forum is this enhanced effort. Emerging lessons are well documented on our project blog.
- Local Who Represents Me? - Who Won - The problem - most national "who represents me" look-ups stop at the state legislative level and all of them only list directory information on how to engage in private communication with those officials versus opportunities for public engagement. As resources allow, this will be a future "local everywhere" effort that first focuses on Minneapolis (deeply) and Minnesota (only based on readily available data) that demonstrates how to enhance the "Who is on my ballot?" data we've used with MyBallot.Net since 2002 with data about who won (results) and the term of service. We plan to combine that data with a mix of "crowd sourced" how to effectively participate guide information (particularly for special use in our diverse Issues Forum areas) and Google/social media searches. In short, we want to connect constituents with elected officials in online public spaces across the "Web 2.0" world (or simply put, help someone "friend" their city council member on Facebook). We also seek to work with the Voting Information Project to encourage more state and local election offices to participate in that crucial standardization and data sharing effort. We will work to include results/who won fields in their schema in order to lower the cost across the field for creating local and national locally inclusive elected official look-ups across the United States.
The highly interactive Internet 1.0 + Web 2.0 = Participation 3.0