Here are the slides for PlaceSpeak CEO Colleen Hardwick’s session at the International Association for Public Participation’s (IAP2) North American Conference in Salt Lake City today. Colleen’s speaking notes can be found below the presentation.
Abstract: Authenticating Online Consultation: the Geosocial paradigm Shift
Technology now exists to overcome some of most salient pathologies of democratic governance. The Internet offers fresh potential to reinvigorate civic engagement. Online tools can extend participation well beyond traditional bounds of public hearings. However, online consultation thus far has met with varying degrees of success and does not stand up to scrutiny. This is because online consultation has been anonymous and until consultation is tied to actual observable outcomes people and government will not take it seriously. Public policy development and decision-making needs better online engagement tools that produce defensible data. Enter the new model: Geosocial online public consultation.