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National Civic Summit America Speaks Josh Chernila

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National Civic Summit America Speaks Josh Chernila

  1. 1. The Next Big Step: Integrating Face-to-Face Deliberations with Web 2.0 Janet D. Fiero, Ph.D. Josh Chernila America Speaks
  2. 2. Campaigning Is Easy <ul><li>Many easy ways to get engaged: canvassing, phone banks, fundraisers </li></ul><ul><li>Candidate interacts directly with the people </li></ul><ul><li>People make their choices based on their values and their judgment of the candidate’s values & character </li></ul><ul><li>There is a date certain when someone wins or someone loses </li></ul>
  3. 3. Governing is Hard <ul><li>Not clear how citizens can get engaged. </li></ul><ul><li>No easy way to keep a link between the people and the President </li></ul><ul><li>There is no date certain to drive decisions. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Declining Trust in Government
  5. 5. CITIZENS AS 1. Constituents/Customers 2. Citizens as decision-makers Two Ways to Impact Public Trust
  6. 6. Changing the Way Government Relates to People
  7. 7. Strengthening Democracy Conference
  8. 8. Obama Memorandum on Open Government <ul><li>Transparency </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Participation </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>America Speaks ’ mission is to reinvigorate American democracy by engaging citizens in the public decisions that most impact their lives </li></ul>
  10. 10. America Speaks Video Tough Choices in Healthcare, State of Maine, 2004 2 locations: Orono and Biddeford
  11. 11. Table Dialogue
  12. 12. Diverse Participants
  13. 13. Informed Dialogue
  14. 14. Facilitation & Event Support <ul><li>Lead Facilitator </li></ul><ul><li>Area Facilitator </li></ul><ul><li>Table Facilitator </li></ul><ul><li>Floor Support </li></ul><ul><li>• Technical </li></ul><ul><li>• Floor Managers </li></ul><ul><li>• Issue Experts </li></ul><ul><li>• Constituency Services </li></ul><ul><li>• Volunteers </li></ul>1 2 3 4 1
  15. 15. Participatory Technology Wireless Computers Polling Keypads
  16. 16. Participatory Technology Wireless Computers Polling Keypads
  17. 17. Theme Team & Reporting
  18. 18. America Moving Online
  19. 19. Democratizing Web
  20. 20. Rules of Engagement <ul><li>Diverse representation </li></ul><ul><li>Informed participation </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitated deliberation </li></ul><ul><li>Shared priorities </li></ul><ul><li>Links to action </li></ul><ul><li>Large scale meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Sustaining citizen engagement </li></ul>
  21. 21. Fully integrate citizen voices into decision making so engagement becomes the way the community does its public business Long Term Goal for Deliberative Democracy
  22. 22. <ul><li>&quot;Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>President Abraham Lincoln </li></ul>
  23. 23. www.americaspeaks.org

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