E-Democracy: Engaging Times - Community of Democracies Panel

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Short ten minute presentation to Community of Democracies 8th Ministerial conference in El Salvador. (100+ member nation network)

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  • Introductions:

    Jason Fahy – MD of KHub, 30 year career working for or supporting public service.
    Ken Bishop -
  • E-Democracy: Engaging Times - Community of Democracies Panel

    1. 1. E-Democracy: Engaging times for all. Panel Speech - Community of Democracies 8th Ministerial Conference Steven Clift – @democracy KHub.net & E-Democracy.org Slides: e-democracy.org/learn
    2. 2. Breaking the ice … “I believe in people”
    3. 3. I also believe in cats … see second video for context.
    4. 4. 1994 – I woke up hearing my name on the radio … World’s 1st election information website E-debate, citizen forum online
    5. 5. Government by day… Citizen by night
    6. 6. 20 Years, 6 Lessons
    7. 7. 1. About People
    8. 8. Social Media – Private Life First … about “Public Life” second Relevance, necessity key
    9. 9. 2. Local Matters
    10. 10. Problem • Online public engagement disconnected from place • Representative democracy and participatory democracy based on place – geography matters!
    11. 11. Solution: Digital town square via local online groups With democratic intent E-Democracy.org’s Neighborhoods today – up to 30% of households – more Lessons apply to Facebook Groups et al today.
    12. 12. 3. Groups
    13. 13. Online groups and place • Freedom of assembly online – Place + online groups = powerful impact in real democracy, in real community • “The most democratizing aspect of the Internet is the ability of people to organize and communicate in groups.” Steven Clift in “Democracy is Online” article published by Internet Society, 1998
    14. 14. City Hall In-person Conversations Shared on Facebook Your Networks Local Media Y o u Local Biz Neighbor#1 Local Online Groups Join Group Online public space in “real” community
    15. 15. 4. Agenda- Setting
    16. 16. Sharing power – People to people Social media today: FB News Feeds, Hashtags
    17. 17. Why do local online spaces strengthen representative democracy? Elected officials: •“They are my voters.”
    18. 18. 5. Engage Inclusively
    19. 19. Raising New Voices? US-wide numbers show divide Source: PewInternet
    20. 20. E-Democracy’s New Voices Slides Video More Just Ask? Yes.
    21. 21. Facebook-Native Local Politicians ● Minneapolis Councillors asking questions, directly engaging, case study
    22. 22. 6. Glocal Knowledge
    23. 23. How do we connect “what works” across communities?
    24. 24. Digital connecting with dem. intent • Local online spaces everywhere across multiple platforms – Need improved discovery, connecting leaders, joint promotion • Connect people/govs/civsoc by topics/projects globally ACROSS local communities – bring “what works” home - Beyond, but building on the Twitter hashtag
    25. 25. Work socially, work smarter - KHub.net
    26. 26. Example groups and themes Social care Health care Environment Flood defense Voluntary services Transport Police & Fire Education Housing Benefits Foster care Community services Digital projects Technology National policy Regional initiatives Connect with over 1,500 groups working to improve public services
    27. 27. OpenGov Facebook Group Join 4,000 members from 100+ nations Sharing daily
    28. 28. Conclusion
    29. 29. Let’s be the Engagement Generation. Let’s build it local everywhere. Together.
    30. 30. Thanks! StevenClift.com Slides: e-democracy.org/learn KHub.net 1RadioNews.com @democracy clift@e-democracy.org +1-612-234-7072 - M
    31. 31. Slides I took out for length For dozens more recent slides, see my June 2015 slide collection used in Taiwan and the Philippines Extra Slides
    32. 32. Global media attention A new Athens of democracy??! Media over-hype.
    33. 33. Who We Are E-Democracy.org's mission: Harness the power of online tools to support participation in public life, strengthen communities, and build democracy. Creating online spaces for civic engagement since 1994.
    34. 34. Today’s work, Ask me about … • KHub.Net – Knowledge Hub online groups for government and NGOs globally • E-Democracy.org – Leader… mySociety/Poplus.org outreach • 1RadioNews.com – Android app small start-up company
    35. 35. You are in the center “networked individualism” You Friends Family Communities Prof. Peers Public “Entities”
    36. 36. My Neighborhood Standish and Ericsson Neighborhood, Minneapolis About 10,000 residents - Small homes, big hearts Shared online “Neighbors Forum” for 7 years 1400 members, ~30% households Survey shows +7% in freq. civic activities online in Edem hoods, more “All politics is local.” – Tip O’Neill, former US House Speaker
    37. 37. Knowledge Hub – KHub.net Digital collaboration space for public and non-profit sectors Where public service professionals connect, exchange knowledge, experiences to improve public services 100,000+ registered professionals across 450 public sector organisations and 11 countries – started in United Kingdom
    38. 38. #blacklivesmatter #hashtag fueled urgent news and protest info sharing Good Fight podcast
    39. 39. X. Info/Data Notice
    40. 40. Open Government Partnership
    41. 41. Open Gov Data “demand” from technical public, government has supply
    42. 42. With, not for

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