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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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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 & Slides:
  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’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 -
  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! Slides: @democracy +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'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 • – Leader… mySociety/ outreach • – 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 – 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