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WATCH: Tim Murphy Talks Political Data-Mining on Democracy Now!

WATCH: Tim Murphy Talks Political Data-Mining on Democracy Now! | eParticipate! | Scoop.it
Why the Obama campaign really wants to friend you on Facebook.

 

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What Advocacy Campaigns Can Learn From the 2012 Presidential Race

What Advocacy Campaigns Can Learn From the 2012 Presidential Race | eParticipate! | Scoop.it

The presidential campaign of 2012 holds potentially game-changing lessons for advocacy organizations, even those without billion-dollar budgets, massive data analytics, or dream teams of behavioral scientists.

 

- I personally commit to this, but comprehensive solutions for small budgets are still rare and I have to use parallelly much hardly compatible software.

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Participation Compass

This tool provides practical information for those working to involve people. By registering one can add methods, instruments, cases, questions, news and experts to the database.

 

 

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In Colorado, ProgressNow is Trying To Recreate That Map-Changing Political Magic

In Colorado, ProgressNow is Trying To Recreate That Map-Changing Political Magic | eParticipate! | Scoop.it
Liberal group ProgressNow, which has worked to build political power for the left in Colorado over the past decade by mobilizing activists online and offline with new media tools, launched a new Facebook campaign over the weekend with the cheeky URL:...
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The e-Participation Best Practice Manual

Content

 

I The planning of parcipatory decision-making 

 

1. STEP – Background, Expectations

2. STEP – Planning of the process

3. STEP – Action: eparticipation activities 

4. STEP - Communication

5. STEP - Decision, Evaluation, Feedback

 

 

 

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Smashed Hopes: crowdsourced questions will not be asked in presidential debate

Smashed Hopes: crowdsourced questions will not be asked in presidential debate | eParticipate! | Scoop.it
If you've submitted a question to the Commission on Presidential Debates via the Google Moderator website for the October 16, don't be surprised when nothing happens.
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All politics: swarm intelligence and subterranean politics in Germany

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The Pirate Party does not stand for certain
policies, but for a new way of doing politics that challenges established
notions of parliamentary democracy.

 

Subterranian Politics in Europe: an Introduction: http://bit.ly/SOXhSN

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OpenGov Hub Opens in DC

OpenGov Hub Opens in DC | eParticipate! | Scoop.it

Just found out about the newly-opened OpenGovHub today, a new space for open government folks to come and work together.
From the about page:
What is the OpenGov Hub?

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How To Consult –Great Guides

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The final entry of a three part series, Edward provides a selection of some of the best ‘how to’ guides on engagement and consultation.
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The Arab Spring and Egyptian Revolution Makers: Predictors of Participation

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By Mansoor Moaddel This paper juxtaposes two clusters of theories; political conflict, resource mobilization, organizational, and political opportunity theories, on the one hand, and mass society, structural-functional, and relative deprivation theories,…...
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Welcome to our Open Policymaking discussion | Open Policymaking

Welcome to our Open Policymaking discussion | Open Policymaking | eParticipate! | Scoop.it

Welcome to this new Demsoc space, where we’ll be talking about Open Policymaking.

 

On 19 June the Government’s Civil Service Reform Plan made a commitment to open policymaking.

It said:

Open policy making will become the default. Whitehall does not have a monopoly on policy making expertise. We will establish a clear model of open policy making.

 

It’s a big commitment, and a very welcome one. As with all these things, however, there’s still a lot of thinking to be done on what that means in detail. [...]

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Consultation can’t fix our broken politics – we need new ways to engage the public in policymaking

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Is consultation broken – or is it our political system? Consultation seems to have become the lightening rod for general discontents about politics and policymaking.
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How to Score Politicians Without Turning Parliament Into a Game

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There is no "right" way to assess the performance of parliamentarians. There is no algorithm that will rank them perfectly, no set of stats that will objectively determine their effectiveness.

 

However, some sites try to do so and threaten parliamentary Democracy[...]

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‘Dream Team’ of Behavioral Scientists Advised Obama Campaign

‘Dream Team’ of Behavioral Scientists Advised Obama Campaign | eParticipate! | Scoop.it

A team of social scientists gave advice on how to counter rumors, how to portray rivals effectively and how to get out the vote.

 

Some examples:

 

1) Dr. Fiske’s research has shown that when deciding on a candidate, people generally focus on two elements: competence and warmth. “A candidate wants to make sure to score high on both dimensions,”

 

2) When it comes to countering rumors, psychologists have found that the best strategy is not to deny the charge (“I am not a flip-flopper”) but to affirm a competing notion.

 

3) Simply identifying a person as a voter, as many volunteers did — “Mr. Jones, we know you have voted in the past” — acts as a subtle prompt to future voting, said Dr. Cialdini. “People want to be congruent with what they have committed to in the past, especially if that commitment is public,”

 

4) Many volunteers also asked would-be voters if they would sign an informal commitment to vote, a card with the president’s picture on it.

 

5) Obama volunteers also asked people if they had a plan to vote and if not, to make one, specifying a time, according to Stephen Shaw

 

6) Another technique some volunteers said they used was to inform supporters that others in their neighborhood were planning to vote.

 

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Thomas Jefferson und der Facebook-Wahlkampf

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Was hat Thomas Jefferson mit dem Facebook-Wahlkampf zu tun? Elizabeth Linder, „Government Specialist“ bei Facebook, sprach gestern im Berliner Base_Camp über den Einsatz von Facebook im Wahlkampf.
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Top Posts (of one of my favourite blogs) October 2012

Top Posts (of one of my favourite blogs) October 2012 | eParticipate! | Scoop.it

Here are three recent posts that were popular in October:

 

Help Us Explore the Future of Digital Engagement!

What Is Public Engagement?

SXSW 2013: Participatory Budgeting Session Proposal Accepted

 

And here are the overall top scorers this past month:

 

What Is Government 2.0?

What Is Public Participation?

New York Times Budget Puzzle

 

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Citizens' Initiative ready to collect signatures via Commission servers

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Fraternité 2020, the first registered European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI),
began collecting statements of support on the European Commission's own
servers on Friday (26 October), after server problems delayed the petition
for months.
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Digital democracy: how ICT tools can change the relationship between citizens and governments

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EuroPCom (the European Conference on Public Communication), Brussels, 18 October 2012...
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Presidential Debates Commission Hasn't Used the Web Well, Co-Chair Admits | TechPresident

Presidential Debates Commission Hasn't Used the Web Well, Co-Chair Admits | TechPresident | eParticipate! | Scoop.it
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Understanding Communication - FUPOL on SVWP Conference | FUPOL Project

Understanding Communication - FUPOL on SVWP Conference | FUPOL Project | eParticipate! | Scoop.it

 

What has changed with social media and how can the employees and companies adapt to these changes?

 

How can the new media be observed and how useful is this? Can citizens in the Web 2.0 be understood better?

 

Presentation Material from the conference available!

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Media activism in the World Social Forum

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'Communicate to mobilise to communicate'. The WSF has been referred
to as an emergent global public sphere; however, little systematic attention
has been paid to how media and communication are implicated in making it
‘global’ and ‘public’.
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Using POPVOX to contact Congress

A quick tutorial on how to use POPVOX to share your story with Congress and make your voice heard.

 

--> Still looking for a European Equivalent... *sigh

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In Finland, "Open Ministry" Brings Legislation From the Crowd

In Finland, "Open Ministry" Brings Legislation From the Crowd | eParticipate! | Scoop.it
Tech entrepreneurs in Finland have created Open Ministry, an open-source platform for citizens to discuss proposals and collect the necessary signatures online.

 

The Homepage (fi): http://www.avoinministerio.fi/

The Blog (en): http://openministry.info/

 

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7 Tips for Better Social Media Engagement

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Local government experts share advice and their experiences in building social media programs.
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Sacramento State - Center for Collaborative Policy - Collaborative Policy

Sacramento State - Center for Collaborative Policy - Collaborative Policy | eParticipate! | Scoop.it

Collaborative Policy

 

Finding answers to those

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

What is collaborative policy making?

Why use collaborative methods?

What does collaborative policy making look like?

What conditions are needed to sustain a collaborative process?

What do I give up by being part of a collaborative process?

When should a collaborative process be considered for public policy?

Where can I obtain additional information?

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