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Defining next generation online civic engagement


Back to Participation 3.0, Next Generation Ideas

By "next generation" we do not mean "new" ideas for the sake of new.

We are looking for:

  • What really works somewhere but remains rare
    • ... and it should be universal to all local communities in a democracy.
  • Ideas that represent the next level of innovation and opportunity
    • ... and pushes the envelope with new experiments, features, etc. that have a serious potential to qualify as "should be universal" in future years but need to be fully tested in the real world.

Further, we are seeking:

  • System changing ideas and opportunities
    • ... things that can be incorporated into many communities in a distributed fashion."
  • Democratic and community needs that are vital
    • ... not just nice to have. Is this highly subjective? Yes. That is why we need your input and are starting from a bias affirming democracy and community building versus more narrow traditional e-government services, so-called Government 2.0, or journalism approaches.

Finally, this process is:

  • Agnostic - We are interested in ideas/needs that might position any number of leaders in front of universal implementation.
    • ... be it government, non-profits, commercial, individual or some combination."
  • Engagement - This is a broad term going well beyond informing or serving the public. Think ...
    • ... transparency - What and Where?
    • ... participation - How and Why?
    • ... collaboration and problem-solving - With whom? And Together.
    • ... community building and public life - Moving local society and making lasting change.
  • A Flexible Beginning - This is just the start of the Participation 3.0 process.
    • ... seeks to help "move the field" and with a subset of the big ideas determine where we should take lead with partners and funders and where other organizations or the "market" might lead with their strengths.

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