Campaign: New Strategies and Techniques

Ask Federal Agencies to Adopt the Core Principles for Public Engagement

Over the past several months, experts in public dialogue, facilitation and collaborative decision-making worked together to develop 7 "Core Principles for Public Engagement." The authors and editors of these principles have spent years creating and honing innovative techniques that help people talk constructively about difficult issues that effect their lives--issues like health care, crime, and conflict between ethnic ...more »

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A National Approach to Public Engagement: Discovering Common Ground from Neighborhood to Nation

Institute of the Commons (http://www.iotc-hub.org) Submitted by co-directors, Kenoli Oleari and Marc Tognotti A National Approach to Public Engagement: Discovering Common Ground from Neighborhood to Nation We recommend a bold and far-reaching but simple and doable process for re-energizing citizenship across the country, connecting individuals and local vision, purpose and action to national and global vision, purpose ...more »

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a Citizen Councilor Network: scaleable, manageable, measureable

(this idea was also submitted to Google's "Project 10 to the 100" at www.project10tothe100.com/) More background on this idea is available at: www.KingCounty.gov/operations/auditor/CommunityForums and www.CommunityForums.org WHAT ONE SENTENCE BEST DESCRIBES THIS IDEA? This idea improves upon the common notion of a "public hearing" by taking it "to scale" and capturing the opinions of all participants anywhere they meet. ...more »

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Campaign: Making Government Operations More Open

Let's Be Clear on the Terminology about "Public Engagement"

We need to better define the terms that we are using in order to have a better discussion about how we achieve Open Government. If we all have different ideas about what is (and is not) "public engagement" or "transparency" or (insert buzzword here), then we will have a hard time reaching consensus about how to go forward. (This is the lesson from "The Tower of Babel".) For example: "Public Engagement" -- If ...more »

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